Dutch elections

14 Mrt

The past month I have published several articles for EUobserver about the Dutch elections, which will be held tomorrow (15 March). Here is a selection:

A guide to Dutch elections: how the system works

Dutch election: EU’s most unpredictable vote

Dutch election: Christian Democrat would bin Ukraine treaty

Dutch MPs look set to approve Ukraine treaty

Nexit could pop up in Dutch election campaign

Dutch choose late election result to avoid hacking risk

Dutch MP candidates promise not to do their job

Dutch anti-establishment MPs want other EU, but lack plans

Green ex-MEP: Tell Dutch full sovereignty isn’t coming back

Populism is ‘nothing new’, says Rotterdam mayor

Dutch parties woo older voters

Turkish-Dutch row takes over election campaign

Rutte and Wilders clash on EU ahead of Dutch vote

Dieselgate

6 Nov

Since April, I have been carrying out an investigation for EUobserver about Dieselgate. I have followed all hearings by the special inquiry committee of the European Parliament, and wrote a range of investigative articles. You can find most of them at euobserver.com/dieselgate or see a selection below:

On-road emissions tests: How EU failed to change to the fast lane

One year on: Dieselgate keeps getting bigger

How the car industry won the EU’s trust

How carmakers were allowed to bend the law

Dieselgate shows weakness of EU federalism-lite

Car makers caught out on dodgy EU claim

Leaked memo: EU commissioner ignored car emissions warnings

Verheugen went off-script in VW cheat testimony

EU encouraged car industry to cheat, French report says

EU governments duck responsibility on dieselgate

Emissions cheats face tiny fines in some EU states

Recensie Manfred Spitzer – Digitale dementie (2013)

17 Okt

De Telegraaf publiceerde vandaag een artikel over het nieuwste boek van Manfred Spitzer, die alarm slaat over het gebruik bij kinderen van digitale media. Ik heb het boek niet gelezen, maar wel een van Spitzers vorige werken. In 2013 schreef ik daar een lange recensie over, in mijn toenmalige kanaal bij De Nieuwe Pers. Die bestaat niet meer, maar de recensie is nog altijd relevant. Spitzer is als wetenschapper namelijk maar moeilijk te vertrouwen.By popular demand hieronder een ‘herdruk’. Lees verder

EUforum.nl: Oekraïne referendum

4 Apr

Voor de website EUforum.nl van instituut Clingendael schreef ik twee artikelen naar aanleiding van het referendum over het EU-Oekraïne associatieakkoord.

In het Europees Parlement stemde 77 procent vóór

Rusland is handelspartner nr. 1 voor Oekraïne

Interview with William Binney, whistleblower

11 Mrt

Bill Binney had tried to make the National Security Agency adopt a surveillance programme that respected privacy. After leaving the agency disillusioned, he became a public and vocal critic of his former employer. The math genius says the NSA has a ‘data hoarding disorder’. ‘We were subverting our democracy. I couldn’t be a part of that.’

Read the interview on the Movies that Matter website.

Local elections to test Merkel on refugees

9 Mrt

Three German states will hold elections on Sunday. Regional themes are overshadowed by the refugee crisis, and a breakthrough for anti-immigration party AfD looms.

Continue reading at EUobserver.

Phil Hogan: weinig geld voor agrarische sector

8 Mrt

EU-lidstaten hebben de afgelopen maand ruim honderd ideeën geopperd om de Europese landbouwsector er weer bovenop te helpen, zei eurocommissaris Phil Hogan maandag in het Europees Parlement in Straatsburg. Maar Hogan benadrukte dat zijn financiële en wettelijke middelen beperkt zijn.

Lees verder op Nieuwe Oogst.