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Erica Meijers

Erica Meijers is the Editor-in-Chief of De Helling, quarterly of the Research Foundation of the Dutch Green Left Party (GroenLinks).

Articles

28.03.2017
The Other People

Erica Meijers unpacks the concept of 'the people' at the heart of populist movement's message, and argues that a look at its theological roots can help to understand and subvert it.

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01.09.2015
The Mission of a Grenzmann: Tribute to Benoît Lechat

On a sunny terrace on the borders of the river Oder, which flows between Germany and Poland, a small group of activists, journalists and politicians from different European countries decided in the late summer of 2011 to start a new magazine that would contribute to building a European public space and at the same time empower the Green movement.

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27.01.2015
Linkse partijen moeten weer Marx gaan lezen

Willen linkse partijen uit het electorale en ideologische slop komen, dan moeten ze terug naar hun bronnen. Linkse partijen zullen de huidige economische en politieke orde opnieuw moeten interpreteren, willen ze haar kunnen veranderen.

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27.01.2015
Green and Left-wing parties should re-read Marx

Inequality is back on the agenda. French economist Thomas Piketty has drawn attention to it again with his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and that is a good thing. Green and Left-wing parties are drooling over the book, but I have heard few suggestions as to how we should fundamentally tackle that inequality. To do that, we need an idea from a completely different world.

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15.05.2014
Europejska pami?? o Wielkiej Wojnie

Historie I wojny światowej ograniczają się najczęściej do poszczególnych, narodowych perspektyw. Wojna z lat 1914-1918, która kosztowała życie sporej części europejskiej populacji i na trwałe naznaczyła tych, którzy ją przetrwali, rzadko kiedy bywa wspólnie upamiętniana. Nadszedł czas, by to zmienić.

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15.05.2014
Let Europe Remember the Great War

Stories about the Great War are usually confined to a national perspective. The war of 1914-918, which decimated a whole generation of Europe’s population and marked those who survived for life, is hardly ever commemorated jointly. This ought to change.

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17.12.2013
Power to the People

Nelson Mandela personified the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and became a worldwide symbol of hope in the face of discrimination. Although apartheid was ended, racism and discrimination still remain present in our society, and that needs to be remembered.

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03.10.2013
Minimum Wage in Danger: German Elections

Now that Merkel has triumphed in the German elections, one of the opposition’s main aims - the establishment of a national minimum wage - is likely to miss the boat and be left behind. Prospects are bleak for the growing numbers of working poor.

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01.03.2013
Getting a taste for it

In the Netherlands, one organisation is making a breakthrough in encouraging a better relationship between people and food. The secret – start young. An interview with Esther Boukema by Erica Meijers.

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01.03.2012
Het ontheemde Europa

In een Libanees eethuisje in Bazel heb ik een gesprek met Christoph Keller, een Zwitserse journalist en schrijver. Ons onderwerp: wat maakt ons tot Europeanen?

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01.03.2012
Europe’s Identity Crisis

The European Project lacks any significant ingredient of emotional bonding. In the absence of a “European soul”, the existing rational, bureaucratic structure is doomed to remain a distant presence for the citizens of Europe.

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15.02.2012
Where Would We Be Without Barbarians?

“Barbarians” still provide us with a way out of our own frustrations, identity-conflicts and forbidden feelings.

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