Caroline de Gruyter is a European affairs correspondent for the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. She is now based in Vienna, covering Europe including the euro crisis. Her career as a journalist and author began in the Middle East: first in Gaza, later in Jeruzalem. Since 1999, she has had a special interest in Europe. She was posted to Brussels twice and wrote De Europeanen (2006), a book exploring the complex dilemma of European identity among Europeans living in the proverbial ‘euro bubble’. In November 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Heldring Prize for the best Dutch columnist. In May 2015, her newest book Zwitserlevens, on the reality of the changing political landscape in Europe, was published in Dutch.