Reports by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

What does the Dutch 'No' on the EU-Ukraine Association Treaty Mean?

06 Apr 2016

Why a referendum in a representative democracy? ++ Who organised the referendum and what was it really about? ++ Will there be future referendums? by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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European Refugee Crisis Leads to Change in Dutch Asylum Policy

Netherlands, 16 Jul - 08 Sep 2015

European refugee crisis leads to change in Dutch asylum policy ++ Moment of glory and darkest hour for Dutch sport ++ Notorious lawyer has high ambitions for his political party. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Dutch History is Written in Srebrenica, Brussels & Utrecht

Netherlands, 18 Jun - 15 Jul 2015

A sunny start to the Tour de France – 250km north of France ++ After a Greek ‘Oxi’ a ‘Yes’ from the negotiation table in Brussels ++ 20 years on – Srebrenica still a dark memory for the Dutch. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Vrolijk Pasen! Happy Easter!

05 Apr 2015

From Colouring Eggs to Easter Monday Brunch – An Overview of Dutch Easter Traditions. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Fortress Europe? Government Parties Clash over Refugee Policy

Netherlands, 02 Apr - 29 Apr 2015

New law on refugees threatened to break government ++ PSV Eindhoven celebrating their first championship in seven years ++ Willem Holleeder - should a criminal get air time on public television? by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Earthquake in Groningen – Future of Dutch Gas Drilling on Shaky Ground

Netherlands, 28 Jan - 05 Mar 2015

Population of Groningen firmly against gas drilling ++ Feyenoord supporters make negative headlines - once again ++ The end of an era? Department store V&D in financial distress ++ Dutch feel distanced from their leadership as two politicians' integrity is put in question. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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70 Years After Auschwitz: Anti-Semitism on the Rise Again

Netherlands, 01 Jan - 28 Jan 2015

Auschwitz commemoration and Hyper Cacher - how to deal with resurging anti-Semitism in the Netherlands? ++ New requirements for math at school and scrapping of financial support to university students: education in focus ++ Dutch follow Greek parliamentary elections closely. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Football World Cup 2014 – Dutch take Brazil by Storm

Netherlands, 07 Jun - 20 Jun 2014

Orangemania as Dutch team is up to successful start at 2014 World Cup ++ Popular festival stops abruptly in severe weather conditions ++ After Syria, Egypt and Ukraine the Iraqi conflict dominates the public debate. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Health care and EU debated, First King's Day celebrated

Netherlands, 12 Apr - 25 Apr 2014

Happy first King's Day for Wilhelm Alexander ++ Major health care reform sparks controversy ++ Lead candidates for EU elections meet for first debate in Maastricht.
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The Murder of two Jewellery Burglars – Wilder’s Debate continues

Netherlands, 29 Mar - 11 Apr 2014

Deurne case heats Moroccan debate ++ Killing of Dutch padre in Homs turns focus back to Syria ++ After the Crimea crisis, Dutch fear for stability of eastern Ukraine. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The 2014 Winter Olympics – a Dutch Speed Skating Dream

Netherlands, 15 Feb - 28 Feb 2014

Dutch stars of the Olympic Winter Games are welcomed home with large celebrations ++ Crisis in Ukraine – what does Europe do to help? ++ After the release of Benno L. – Dutch debate where a convicted pedophile can live. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Dutch Jihadists and Priests tell their Story: New Focus on Syrian Civil War

Netherlands, 18 Jan - 31 Jan 2014

Peace conference and accounts of Dutch People on the Ground renewing Interest in Syria ++ Dutch welfare system struggles to cope with tighter budget ++ Worries about escalating conflict in the streets of Ukraine. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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"Flying Fyra" – New Jet Fighter Project puts Government under Pressure

Netherlands, 10 Sep - 23 Sep 2013

Dutch angered about "Flying Fyra" ++ Everybody is pleased with King's first state-of-nation speech ++ The 'Eastern neighbours' elect a new parliament. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Parties Clash over Publication of Budget 2014

Netherlands, 27 Aug - 09 Sep 2013

Government and Opposition quarrel over Budget 2014 ++ Syria crisis: discussions about chemical weapons and refugees ++ After numerous scandals: government announces new asylum laws. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The Dutch are Mourning Prince Friso's Death

Netherlands, 13 Aug - 26 Aug 2013

The Netherlands mourn as Prince Friso did not wake from his 18 month in coma ++ Increasing worries about bloodshed in Egypt ++ Dutch cautious with a possible military intervention in Syria. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Embassies Closed and Dutch Nationals Repatriated due to Terror Warnings

Netherlands, 16 Jul - 12 Aug 2013

Terror threats: Embassies closed and travellers asked to return ++ Heat wave strenuous for people and cows ++ Government finds health system too expensive ++ Concern about safety of Dutch railway after train accident in Spain ++ End of 100th Tour de France closely followed. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Thousands March for Exercise as Measles Spread in the "Bible Belt"

Netherlands, 02 Jul - 15 Jul 2013

Largest March in the World taking place in best summer weather ++ As measles spread in the "Bible Belt" politicians urge parents to vaccinate their children ++ A cycling nation in the ban of the 100th Tour de France. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Worry About New Austerity Plans & Security of Private Data

Netherlands, 18 Jun - 01 Jul 2013

Sums change, the message stays the same: the Netherlands need to save more money ++ Obama in Germany and Africa - Snowden stuck in Russia ++ What will happen to Afghanistan, when NATO leaves? ++ The democracy everybody wanted? – The end of Morsis' Egypt. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Stolen School Exams Concern Thousands of Dutch Students

Netherlands, 04 Jun - 17 Jun 2013

While already celebrating in France and Spain, Dutch students fear they have to repeat their final exams ++ Dutch follow the news closely as protests in Turkey continue ++ How well is Nelson Mandela? by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Acts of Violence in Spain and London Shock the Netherlands

Netherlands, 21 May - 03 Jun 2013

Murder of Dutch couple in Spain ++ Dutch shocked by terror attack in London ++ Belgians and Dutch stop the Fyra. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Mourning for Ruben and Julian

Netherlands, 07 May - 20 May 2013

Dutch saddened over the murder of two young boys ++ Assassination of popular politician from Curacao widely debated ++ State secretary under attack for not combating welfare frauds efficiently ++ The Netherlands make it to the finals of the ESC again. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The Netherlands Welcome Their New King

Netherlands, 09 Apr - 06 May 2013

Willem Alexander - King of the Netherlands ++ Should Germans be commemorated on Remembrance Day? ++ Dutch asylum system under scrutiny after suicide of Russian asylum seeker ++ Bomb attacks on Boston marathon in the spotlight. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Fear for Korean Escalation and Safety of Internet Banking

Netherlands, 26 Mar - 08 Apr 2013

Dutch experience problems with internet banking ++ Fear for a further escalation of the conflict in Korea ++ Trial on 13 year old murder case begins. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Muslim Fighters, Gay Adoption Challenge Multiculturalism

Netherlands, 12 Mar - 24 Mar 2013

Jihadists in Syria: Dutch nationals fighting alongside opposition ++ The case Yunus: No Muslim children for lesbian foster parents? ++ Worry about Cyprus: Minister Dijsselbloem at the center of attention. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The Debt Crisis and “Project X” Revisited

Netherlands, 26 Feb - 11 Mar 2013

Dutch government criticised over further austerity measures ++ Last year’s Project X-party in Haren back in the media ++ Surprise over Venezuelan dealing with Hugo Chávez’ death. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Two Resign, One Returns – Beatrix, Benedict and Berlusconi

Netherlands, 29 Jan - 25 Feb 2013

The queen is gone, long live the king ++ Surprise about the Pope’s decision to step down ++ Italian elections keep Dutch in suspense. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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From 250 to 0 in Six Weeks – The Fyra’s "Success Story"

Netherlands, 15 Jan - 28 Jan 2013

Speed-train “Fyra” causes trouble and anger ++ Long awaited ice-skating event called off due to too high participation ++ Lance Armstrong’s confession. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Future New Year’s Celebrations without Fireworks?

Netherlands, 18 Dec - 14 Jan 2013

Discussion about ban on private fireworks ++ Project-X-feest, whappen and other "words of the year" 2012 ++ A Dutch winter's tale. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Can an Old Christmas Tradition Be Racist?

Netherlands, 20 Nov - 03 Dec 2012

Dutch debate whether 'Zwarte Piet' is a glorification of the Dutch colonial past ++ Man in custody after his DNA matched to a 20 year old murder case ++ Asylum seekers occupy church in Amsterdam. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Joy over US Election, Annoyance about Own Government

Netherlands, 06 Nov - 19 Nov 2012

Dutch pleased about Barack Obama’s re-election ++ New government’s reform plans under attack ++ Israel and Hamas criticised over renewed violence in Gaza. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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All Set for Mark Rutte's New Government

Netherlands, 22 Oct - 05 Nov 2012

Liberals and Socialists ready to take over new government ++ Hurricane “Sandy” hits Dutch news. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Armstrong Scandal Affects Cycling in the Netherlands

Netherlands, 08 Oct - 21 Oct 2012

Doping scandal has effect on Dutch Cycling Association ++ Large art theft in Rotterdam ++ Corruption in local politics revealed. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Higher Fees for Long-Term Students Likely to Be Averted

Netherlands, 25 Sep - 07 Oct 2012

Plans for long-term studies fine likely to be reversed ++ Dutch VAT rises to 21% ++ Largest DNA test in the world to solve 13 year old murder case. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Project-X Haren: The Power of Social Media

Netherlands, 11 Sep - 24 Sep 2012

A 16th birthday turns into an incontrollable Facebook party ++ EU relieved as pro-European parties win in parliamentary elections ++ Dutch debate over freedom of speech following the uproar created by the "Innocence of Muslims". by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Elections 2012: The Moment of Indecision

Netherlands, 28 Aug - 10 Sep 2012

Polls fluctuate days ahead of parliamentary elections ++ Obama vs. Romney ++ Dutch shocked by shooting in the French Alps. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The Netherlands Prepare for Early Parliamentary Elections

Netherlands, 14 Aug - 27 Aug 2012

Dutch elections: Liberals and Socialists ahead in polls ++ Dutch follow the Breivik trial closely ++ Prince Friso is still in a coma. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Headaches over the Euro and the Football EURO

Netherlands, 28 May - 11 Jun 2012

Worries about the Future of the Euro as Spanish Banks Need New Bail-out ++ Dutch Disillusioned after their EURO 2012 Opening Game ++ Green Party Recovers from Fight over their Leadership. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The 2008 Financial Crisis Revisited

Netherlands, 01 Apr - 14 Apr 2012

Report Criticises Dutch Bank Bail-Out ++ Prank-Interviews Embarrass Dutch Politicians ++ Six Weeks of Budget-Cut Negotiations ++ Discontent with Surinamese Amnesty Law. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann




Frederic studied European Studies as well as EU Diplomacy and International Relations in Maastricht, Izmir and Bruges. After his studies he started working in the European Parliament as an assistant to a German MEP. Together with his wife Jessica, he likes travelling to slightly unconventional destinations.


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