Columns June 2012
René van Leeuwen: 'So help me Draghi almighty!'Did Nout Wellink operate within the margins of the law? René van Leeuwen thinks a court case would be just the thing to get to the bottom of the Dutch National Bank’s (lack of) supervisory qualities. ‘There is a limit to administrative immunity and even the president of the DNB must abide by the law'.
Barend van Lieshout: Decisive D66D66 has got it (mostly) right, writes Barend van Lieshout.
This is the sixth in a series by Barend van Lieshout about the main parties healthcare plans.
Jouke de Vries: Here come the technocratsSolving the financial-economic problems is proving beyond the power of politicians. This why the technocrats will enter into the political arena, writes Jouke de Vries.
Rob de Wijk: Politicians hopeless at crisis managementEurope breathed a sigh of relief at the outcome of the Greek elections. I for one thought the trepidation in the face of a left wing win slightly unnecessary. After all, what Syriza proposed it going to happen anyway: a renegotiation of the terms and conditions of the EU bail-out package for Greece, writes Rob de Wijk
Election watch: And they're offThere may still be 2.5 months to the general election, but there has been a flurry of political activity in recent days as the parties publish their slogans, manifestos and list of candidates.
Neelie Kroes: E-elderly healthierWe have the technology and plenty of areas where they could be helpful so why aren’t e-health apps being used on a wider scale? If people were to monitor their health independently it would not only save lives and money but boost the economy as well , says Neelie Kroes.
Wouter Bos: How does the SP do it?Any party leader’s biggest nightmare is a party representative who doesn’t tow the party line and is not afraid to use the media to let everyone know about it. The SP seems largely immune to the problem. How does it do it? asks Wouter Bos.
René van Leeuwen: Politicians turn deaf ear to votersThe discussion on Europe is nothing more than a scaremongering contest between politicians on both sides of the divide. What else is left to voters but to seek refuge in sweeping statements when politicians refuse to listen to them, asks René van Leeuwen.