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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Welke “Ruk naar Rechts”?

De grootste verrassing van 6 juni 2024 was de afwezigheid van een grote verrassing, zoals in Nederland op 22 november 2023. De verwachte “Ruk naar Rechts” (in de media) viel mij heel erg mee. Eigenlijk had ik meer anti-Europees sentiment verwacht. Rusland zal daarom teleurgesteld zijn. De afstraffing van de Franse president is misschien de uitzondering. Hij is...

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Friendships: different or similar like you?

On 6 February 2024, an Aeon Psyche article posed the following question in its title: “Is it better to have friends who are like you or different from you?“ Before reading its conclusion, I checked my gut feeling. In my view, similar is more likely than different. I was right. There’s an adjacent field: relationships. People often say that opposites attract. Merriam...

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Brexit, Dexit en Nexit

In Duitsland wil de extreme AfD een vertrek uit de Europese Unie. In Nederland hebben enkele extreme partijen een soortgelijke wens. In Engeland was het een wens van zowel de Conservatieven als Labour, beide mainstream partijen. Inmiddels vindt een meerderheid van de Britten dat Brexit mislukt is. Brexit, Dexit en Nexit gaan over meer nationalisme en minder Europese...

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From Dutch anger to European anger?

Many articles claim that the 2023 Dutch general election results fit in a European trend, and will predict other forthcoming European general elections. I doubt that. If only, given the election results in Poland and Spain. In my view, the recent Dutch election results are not similar to Hungary. Most of all, the Dutch election results are a reckoning with Mark...

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Europe Is Waking Up to Threat of an Eastern Version of Brexit (Bloomberg)

INTRODUCTION LO: At times, I wonder if Americans have any clue about Europe. Nobody in Europe will care about a Hungarian exit, apart from (some) Hungarians. Even Brussels may view their exit as an opportunity. Moreover, it will never happen as England has shown that you can only lose by exiting Europe. Let me be very clear: nobody likes those Brussels' politicians....

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The media are the virus in our society

Early June 2022, I published my blog Media = virus, which was still mostly about Covid-19. For two years, the media played played a very divisive role in society. Governments adopting a macro view were criticized (eg, Sweden). Every government attempt to moderate restrictions was ridiculed. Cartoon by Garrick Tremain (eg, source) The media has learned from this but...

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