When an earthquake recently hit Italy, dutch sprang into action to save their cheeses, helping Italian farmers survive the disaster by buying parmesan at €25 a piece. People are working around the clock moving more than 600000 40-kilo cheeses which tumbled off the maturing shelves. They have to hurry because young cheese can get mouldy, and can’t be sold on the market, but can be sold via a private initiative.
Small businesses in Bavaria have little to fear when it comes to having the tax collectors paying them a visit – they are likely to be checked only once in 250 years.
‘Be aware things will not get any easier over the coming years,’ dutch central bank director Joanne Kellermann warns calling on people to pay off their mortgages as quickly as possible and to save more money.