Idealism or self-promotion in the European Capitals of Culture

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The joy was indescribable, the day that Leeuwarden was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2018. The victory was already a bit in the air: the Frisian team had prepared for days on end for the last meeting with the international jury. The presentation in Amsterdam went perfectly. The Frisian flag was flying confidently on the Wester tower. The thorough preparation and authentic idealism, carried by a new generation, convincingly decided the case in favour of the Frisian capital. But once the bid was won, the problems started.

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