Caroline de Gruyter is an author and journalist based in Vienna. She is a European Affairs correspondent for the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and a regular contributor to Carnegie Europe. She was posted to Brussels twice and spent more than fifteen years covering Europe. @CarolineGruyter


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Zwitserlevens; de nieuwe politieke realiteit in Europa Uitgeverij Athenaeum, May 2015.

A detailed, personal account of the clash between globalisation and democracy in a tiny Swiss village between 2004 and 2008. Why was the turnout for elections so low? What made those who still bothered to vote, embrace the extreme right in such numbers? And what does this tell us about similar things happening nowadays in many countries of the European Union?

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Economie verdwijnt uit de politiek, Managementboek Magazine, 24.9.2015

Over de moeilijke combinatie van globalisering en democratie, Civis Mundi, 5.8.2015

Multinationals hebben ons leven ontwricht, De Morgen, 22.6.2015

Zwitserlevens, Humo, 21.6.2015

De keerzijde van het Zwitserse succes, Nexus Institute, 20.6.2015

De fictie van soevereiniteit, Elsevier, 20.6.2015

Pech voor eurosceptici, ThePostOnline, 20.6.2015

Kapitalisme en democratie zijn niet te verzoenen, De Standaard, 13.6.2015

Kaasfondue met de expats, NRC Handelsblad, 16.5.2015


De Europeanen; Leven en Werken in de hoofdstad van Europa, Uitgeverij De Bezige Bij, 2006.

Containing 28 interviews with Europeans living in Brussels - lobbyists, European officials, children at the European school, etc – the book draws a multi-layered portrait of life in the proverbial ‘euro bubble’. It can be read as an accessible, personal introduction to Europe, but it also explores the complex dilemma of European identity.


Het Koffiehuis van Mohammed Skaik en andere taferelen uit speelgoedstaatje Gaza, Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, 1997.

This book, which has only been published in Dutch, describes the first years of Palestinian autonomy in the Gaza Strip (1994-1997). Using concrete, moving and sometimes even hilarious concrete examples from daily life, it shows how the Gazans obtained the symbols of statehood – an airport, a flag, passports even – but not the content of sovereignty.






Caroline de Gruyter is an author and Europe correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Her voice and expertise about Europe are well-known in The Netherlands. She is based in Vienna.

Between 2008 and 2013 she covered the euro crisis and European politics from Brussels. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Anne Vondeling Prize for her political reporting. The jury called her ,,exceptionally well-informed’’. In 2015 she received the Heldring Prize for best Dutch columnist. The jury found her weekly columns of ,,exceptional quality''. In June 2016 she was awarded the Prix du Mérite Européen.

Caroline has previously lived in the Gaza strip, Jerusalem, Brussels (twice), and Geneva. She is a regular contributor to Carnegie Europe, a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and has written three books: ‘The Coffee House of Mohammed Skaik; Impressions from Toy State Gaza’ (1997); ‘The Europeans; Living and Working in the Capital of Europe’ (2006); and ‘Swiss Lives; the New Political Reality in Europe‘ (2015), about the clash between globalization and democracy in a small Swiss village.

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