The Referendum and the EU’s Democratic Deficit

Leiden, a.d. IX Kal. Ian. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., On the 6th of April the Netherlands will hold a referendum on the ratification of the association treaty between the European Union and Ukraine. I personally think this is a total non-issue, being used to actually discuss the decision making processes of the EU, something the organizers have... Continue Reading →


Book Review: E. Engelen — The Shadow Elite

Leiden, a.d. X Kal. Oct. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., Let's start on a cheerful note: Because I will continue on a less cheerful one. This post is about Ewald Engelen's 'The Shadow Elite: Before and After the Crisis, Nothing Learned, Nothing Forgotten' (De Schaduwelite, Ewald Engelen). (Sadly the book is only available in Dutch, but its message... Continue Reading →

Why European Citizens Are Angry With The Wrong People About Greece’s Bail Outs

Leiderdorp, a.d. XVI Kal. Sep. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C. Recently Greece's third bail out was passed by European leaders, and subsequently by European parliaments (Source). Being a Hellenophile, I personally certainly am glad that this happened. However, there was a lot of criticism on this deal, ranging from empirically based views, arguing that this was just a 'postponement of... Continue Reading →

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