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C. (Caroline) de Gruyter

foto C. (Caroline) de Gruyter

Caroline de Gruyter (1963) is Europe correspondent for NRC Handelsblad, one of the leading newspapers in the Netherlands. She is currently based in Vienna, having previously been stationed in Brussels (twice), Geneva, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. De Gruyter is lauded as an expert on European affairs and her insightful contributions have won her two major Dutch prizes on journalistic writing as well as a silver medal in the Prix du Mérite Européen in 2016.

Next to her journalistic work De Gruyter regularly contributes to Carnegie Europe and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She has written three books; each a reflection on the society and realities of everyday of the city she was stationed at the time.


Personal Data

Name and surname

Caroline de Gruyter



  • Employee Mediavisie Amsterdam, from 1987 until 1990
  • Freelance journalist, Vrij Nederland, NRC Handelsblad, Elsevier, from 1990 until 1991
  • Editor (chief editor between '92 and '94) international affairs, Elsevier, from 1991 until 1999
  • Correspondent (Middle-East), NRC Handelsblad and Elsevier, from 1994 until 1999
  • Internship Time Magazine, 1994
  • Correspondent (Geneva, Brussels, Vienna), NRC Handelsblad, since September 1999
  • Correspondent (Geneva), NOS radio, from 2004 until 2008
  • Employee Carnegie Europe (background articles on European affairs), since 2013


Other positions


  • Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations



Academic major

  • Linguistics, University of Utrecht, from 1981 until 1986


Selected honours and distinctions

Distinctions and prizes

  • Het Gouden Pennetje (prize from young, talented journalists), 1992
  • Anne Vondelings prize (prize for clear, political journalism), 2013
  • Heldringprijs (prize for the best Dutch columnist), 2015
  • Prix du Mérite Européen (silver medal, for her journalistic contribution to the debate about Europe), 2016


Selected publications

  • "Het koffiehuis van Mohammed Skaik en andere taferelen uit speelgoedstaatje Gaza" (book, 1997)
  • "De Europeanen. Leven en werken in de hoofdstad van Europa" (book, 2006)
  • "Zwitserlevens; de nieuwe politieke realiteit in Europa" (book, 2015)