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A building at the ASML Holding NV global headquarters towers over nearby housing in Veldhoven, Netherlands, on Oct. 14.
A building at the ASML Holding NV global headquarters towers over nearby housing in Veldhoven, Netherlands, on Oct. 14.Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg
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European Tech Giant’s Expansion Stirs Opposition in Its Hometown

ASML, a critical player in the global chip industry, turned a sleepy Dutch suburb into a boomtown, but locals have had enough.

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Veldhoven, a tidy small town in the Netherlands’s industrial heartland, has a zoo, a climbing park and, more recently, a brewing controversy over plans by ASML Holding NV to expand its headquarters.