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Caroline de Gruyter

Member of the Board

Europe correspondent and columnist, NRC Handelsblad

Caroline de Gruyter is a Europe correspondent and columnist for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Her voice and expertise about Europe are well-known in The Netherlands and beyond. She is based in Brussels.

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 2016 she was awarded the Prix du Mérite Européen, and in 2017 the 'EuroNederlander' award.

Caroline has previously lived in the Gaza strip, Jerusalem, Brussels, Geneva, Vienna and Oslo. She also writes regular columns for Foreign Policy, EUobserver and De Standaard, and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She has written five books - all dealing, in one way or another, with globalization, democracy and the political quicksands of sovereignty. Book number five (March 2021) is a best-selling comparison between the EU and the Habsburg Empire.