I am currently visiting The Netherlands and wanted to share some interesting tidbits that sparked my interest.
The Elections in the USA:
Even though I voted early before I left California I have the opportunity as other Americans and anyone interested in following the outcome of the elections do, to go to a local bar in Eindhoven where one can following the elections life on big screens. The meetup Center of The HUB at the Vestdijk 25 in Eindhoven is open from 11:30 pm to 8:00 am. Of course I am rooting for my candidate.
According to CNN a study reveals that 75% of Europeans would vote for Barak Obama with only 8% giving their support to Mitt Romney. The consensus is that the Bush administration left the country in such bad state 4 years ago that the country hasn't had enough time to recoup for that.
Another interesting fact: Many big names such as Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet and Carlos Slim are investing in Dutch companies. As many of you know the economy in Europe is struggling but that doesn't mean there aren't successful and profitable companies still generating business and income.
Heineken, owning companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller and Carlsberg just acquired Asia Pacific Breweries and the maker of popular Tiger beer making Heineken one of the largest beer companies in the world responsible of about half of all beer production.
ASML, a large chip manufacturer in Veldhoven, The Netherlands just acquired Cymer in San Diego, my husband's previous employer. The new owners of a Dutch chicken slaughterhouse is no other then Mr. Buffet. His investment company Berkshire Hathaway bought Meyn Holding recently.
America Movil owned by Carlos Slim just "invested" in the ICT and telecommunication company KPN which used to be owned by the Dutch government before it was privatized years ago and Mr. Murdoch is now heavily involved in Dutch soccer through the investment of Fox International who acquired the Dutch EMM (Eredivisie Media and Marketing) which owns the rights to broadcast the Dutch soccer matches.
You too can invest in a piece of Europe and there are plenty more opportunities i.e. Spain has about 47 airports for sale.