Hungary, a paralysed country

I decided to translate a published op-ed which I wrote in Dutch on my Hungary. Take note that this article was written for a Dutch audience. Hungary, a paralysed country  After almost three years I’ve decided to leave Hungary. It’s the country my father fled from during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Before arriving in Hungary I had…

The personalities of the 2014 Presidential rivals in Turkey

Reading a recent report by the Democratic Progress Institute on the probable rivalry between incumbent PM Erdogan and incumbent President Gul over the 2014 Presidential elections in Turkey, triggered me to write a post on the personalities of both men. Recep Tayyip Erdogan Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Among the media and academics there is…

The Socratic method of thinking

Whilst reading Alain de Botton’s Consolations of Philosophy I came across the so-called Socratic method of thinking, named after the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. The idea of the book, as the title already suggests, is to console you in the everyday difficulties you face. In every chapter a different philosopher takes the stage, dealing with a particular…

Recent voting preferences in Dutch politics

I decided to write my first post on the Dutch political developments, for the last 2 months I spent there – just after the general elections were held on 12 September. So I have heard a lot about the formative stages of the government and the criticism that came along with that. Then, when I…