Mar
27

Eight years district council politics - a look back

b2ap3_thumbnail_raadszaal.pngLast week we had local elections in the Netherlands and today the new councilmembers have been installed in Amsterdam (and many other municipalities). With that ended for me a period of nearly 8 years of being active in local politics - in the Amsterdam city districts Zeeburg and later in Amsterdam East. Time for a quick look back: what was better or worse than expected?

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Mar
24

Ukraine and Crimea - A European answer on next steps

b2ap3_thumbnail_030314-online-crimea-for-phone-1-522x2932.jpgToday the G7 leaders will have a brief summit to discuss the situation at Crimea and in Ukraine. There are obvious differences between the U.S. and most European reactions so far. What would be a European approach to the current situation?

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Mar
16

Amsterdam local election - what can a liberal vote for?

When you hit town on a Saturday night and in every pub there are people from political parties that are trying to get rid of their flyers, you know that Election Day is looming. So is currently in Amsterdam. Next Wednesday there are the next local election – about time to look where a liberal vote can go to.

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Mar
15

Amsterdam disctrict council new style - a change to better or worse?

Next Wednesday there are local elections in the Netherlands. In Amsterdam this marks the end of the city district councils as they are now. They will be replaced by a smaller hybrid version with even less authorities. A change to better?

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Mar
12

The Crimea case and the Russia understanders in the Western democracies

It’s always surprising how many people in the Western democracies fall for the propaganda of totalitarian governments – and admire those countries while condemning their own governments for the shortcomings those have. They compare apples to oranges without seeing that they do so.

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