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Homepages and startpages NEW
Marelles: European Politics 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Dear readers, Long time no see, eh? (now I sound like a Canadian, to some of you...). I have very poor excuses for this long absence. But one of the true reasons is that I have started a weekly column on the Greek Liberal Monitor. Of course, that's...
Why did Golden Dawn do so well in the 2014 elections NEW
Marelles: European Politics 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Many people wondered why Golden Dawn did so well in the Greek EU elections, despite being presented as a criminal and violent organisation. As a French living in Greece and as an ex-candidate for D66 in the Netherlands, now trying to help Greek socia...
Witnessing Greek Reality (Lecture given in Athens) NEW
Marelles: European Politics 1 Year, 5 Months, 9 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Speech given in Athens, on 25th October 2013, on the point of view of a social liberal foreigner on Greece's current situation.   Good afternoon, goede middag, καλι σπέρα σα&sigmaf...
A History of D66 (lecture given in Athens) NEW
Marelles: European Politics 1 Year, 5 Months, 9 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Text of a speech given in Athens, on 26th October 2013, for the Social Liberal meeting organised by Koinonia Action to prepare the 2014 European Elections. Good morning, As a former member of D66 Rotterdam, I was asked by Hugo van Haastert to give...
Marelles: European Politics 1 Year, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
I know I haven't posted in a long time. Learning Greek, working from home and so on haven't left me with the free hours I was hoping for. Nevertheless, I have been recently involved in political activities again. I would like to it a bit with you. As...
Greece, corruption and recovery NEW
Marelles: European Politics 2 Years, 8 Months, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Greece has passed "successfully" the test of the elections, if you look at it from the point of view of European institutions and, more generally, of North-West European governments. A center right government has been elected, joining the fledgeling...
Elections in Sun land NEW
Marelles: European Politics 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Unless you have lived under a stone for the last five years, you would know that there were elections in Greece to vote a new Parliament in. And you might know that it was the second time in a month, due to the inability of the politicians to work to...
Politics in Greece NEW
Marelles: European Politics 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours ago
It is very difficult to understand Greece with North-West Europe references. Not that Greece is particularly "exotic" or "alien", but mostly because it has a rather troubled recent History that most foreigners or visiting tourists don't know well (an...
Greece at last or new beginning NEW
Marelles: European Politics 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
After nine months of letting this blog pretty much slowly die, I have decided that my personal circumstances were justifying a relaunch. Due to private reasons, I just relocated to Greece, in Nea Ionia (Attika). Many friends and relative have been a...
Happy 2012 NEW
Marelles: European Politics 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Happy New Year! OK, it is horribly late... But I wish you all a pleasant new year 2012. I especially wish it to be better than 2011, which was an execrable year in so many ways. New year means new good resolutions. This apple is there as a symbol of...
Two Party System NEW
Marelles: European Politics 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Democracy (as understood in the Western concept of the word) has existed in all kinds of ways and institutional constructions. All of these constructions have included the idea that one of the fundamental rights of the citizens was to organize themse...
European solidarity? NEW
Marelles: European Politics 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Greece, the land where democracy was invented, entered the European Union in 1981. While we Europeans are all confronted to the worst existential crisis since the Rome treaty, Greece has taken the brunt of it. I am using the word "existential" on pur...
Security Council NEW
Marelles: European Politics 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
So yesterday, Russia and China vetoed a very mild United Nations resolution including sanctions threats on Syria. The resolution was a typical concoction by Western countries, aimed at the Syrian military regime. Nothing too harsh, mind you, not just...
Graphic changes NEW
Marelles: European Politics 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
This week, i have decided to work on my blog again. I am happy to see that Blogger added all kinds of new features. One of the most important for me is the possibility to add fixed pages to it (like with WordPress). This way, I don't need to maintain...
Google+ NEW
Marelles: European Politics 3 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Dear readers, I discovered Google+ a couple of days ago, thanks to my good friend Draz. I have to say that I am quite impressed by Page's team work on this. I know, one should not compare it to Facebook, because it was not intended to compete with i...
Dutch Army plans revisited NEW
Marelles: European Politics 4 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Tweet Dear readers, My girlfriend had a funny remark this morning about the Dutch armed forces. Apparently, the new defence budget of the Netherlands includes no replacement for its tanks or transport helicopters. She said: "what is the point of a m...
Revolution extended NEW
Marelles: European Politics 4 Years, 4 Weeks, 9 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Tweet Dear readers, It is a weakness of traditional media and particularly TV stations to select and filter information in a way which will hold in a traditional 25 minutes news bulletin. Unfortunately, this means that most channels and even newspap...
Europe and the Middle-East revolution NEW
Marelles: European Politics 4 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Dear readers, After this very long pause in writing, I have been motivated by the Middle-East revolutions to put out this new piece. The main reason was my total disgust feeling when watching the reaction of European institutions and European countr...
Denuclearization NEW
Marelles: European Politics 4 Years, 11 Months, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes ago
Dear readers, The BBC reports that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's chief, declared that NATO should retain nuclear capacities as long as there would be rogue regimes and terrorists threatening the Alliance. He added that such threats also made a serio...
Blacksmiths of Lebanon offline? NEW
Marelles: European Politics 5 Years, 2 Months, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Dear readers,Looks like the website Blacksmiths of Lebanon has gone into hiding. Strangely, it is now an invitation only site. That sounds bizarre for te rather outspoken collective of Lebanese bloggers behind the site. If anyone has news about these...