American, Dutch, French and Spanish politics, by Nick Ottens
Nick Ottens is an investigative and opinion journalist for Wynia’s Week of the Netherlands and Atlantic Sentinel, his own blog and newsletter about the politics of France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States. He has reported from Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York for various Dutch- and English-language media, including the Atlantic Council, EUobserver, Newsweek, NRC, Trouw and World Politics Review.
At XPRIZE, Nick designed prize competitions to accelerate innovation in agriculture, food and health care. In his spare time, he edits the online magazines Never Was and Forgotten Trek. He is a member of the Netherlands’ liberal party, VVD, and its Liberal Green network.
Three weeks ago, while announcing the Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee, President Barack Obama described the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) as “a distasteful but necessary thing to do.” Although most of the money had been recouped already, the administration promised to get back “every single dime” the banks owed the American government. A few days […]
Sarah Palin is no asset to the Republican Party. Behind the image of no-nonsense folksiness she so likes to project, the former Alaska governor hides no intellectual depth whatsoever. She owes her popularity to her fierce criticism of the Obama Administration which has propelled her into the position of something of a spokesperson for the […]
That’s right. As much as this (and the last) American administration has nationalized entire industries and promotes the overregulation of others to such a degree that the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom warns of “concerns about expropriation and violation of the contractual rights of shareholders and bondholders,” President Barack Obama seeks privatization in perhaps rather […]
The environmentalist gospel is heard evermore louder in public discussions today as governments the world over move to impose restrictions and regulations upon businesses for the sake of protecting the Earth. Products that are supposedly harmless to nature are quickly becoming the norm while companies happily promote themselves as “green” and ecologically responsible. Industry, meanwhile, […]
Paul Volcker, former head of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987), currently serves as chairman of the Obama Administration’s newly formed Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Volcker is widely credited with ending the stagflation crisis of the 1970s through aggressive government action and was allegedly fired by President Ronald Reagan when he refused to go along further with […]