The economic and financial crisis has overthrown governments all-over Europe.
In the Netherlands, the political parties have clashed over austerity measures. And while the outgoing government increases the retirement age and VAT, the Dutch are becoming ever more disillusioned... Danny, a construction worker from Rotterdam is the latest victim of the economic crisis after he was recently laid off. With a family to support and austerity measures looming on the horizon, the future is looking distinctly gloomy.
His friend, Folkert, was in the same situation four years ago, when the first ripples of the worldwide financial crisis were being felt. Rather than let his situation get the better of him, Folkert decided to work for himself. Now he revels in the freedom of being self-employed. He can take holidays when he wants, negotiate his own pay and answers only to himself -the only downside is actually finding the work.
Folkert de Hoop explains: "It is very difficult to find work in Holland now. I come from the north and for me it's about 150 miles to get here."