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Remmelt de Weerd

Remmelt de Weerd

Remmelt is former managing director and final editor at The Broker. He has a BSc in Human Geography from Utrecht University and an MSc in Political Geography from the University of Amsterdam, where he focused on the political geography of Central and Eastern Europe. This made him The Broker’s point person on Central and Eastern European issues. Besides his work at The Broker, Remmelt worked as a research journalist for the Dutch journalism platform ‘De Correspondent’, focusing on investigative reporting. His general interest as a geographer lies with conflicting scales of power in a globalizing world. He is also well informed on European politics and initiated an EU-fact checking website in 2013.

Europe and the financial sector: a continuing love affair

After a few years of crisis-born reticence, the European Commission is back in love with the financial sector. Presented as a way of stimulating the dragging economic growth in the EU, the Commission has recently proposed a series of new financial reforms called the Capital Markets Union (CMU). Although promising to set the stage for growth, jobs and investment in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the effectiveness of the reforms proposed by the Commission is broadly questioned. Especially the stimulation of ‘loan securitization’, a complex financial product comparable to those responsible for the financial crisis of 2008 in the United States, is cause for concern.

The Broker joins the Refugee Hackaton February 4-6

Sahel Watch Coordinator Karlijn Muiderman was part of a panel discussion on migrants in the media at the recent Refugee Hackathon in Amsterdam. The panel explored patterns of collaboration between journalists, policy makers, refugees and migrants.

  • 15 February, 2016

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What does the persistence of extremism in Mali tell us about the success of military interventions?

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, was recently the target of an attack and hostage taking. The incident seems to signal the disappearance of what the media had dubbed the last ‘safe haven for foreigners’ in the country. How can we interpret this event in relation to the conflict in Mali? And what does the persistence of extremism in Mali tell us about the success of the military interventions?

Embedding research in society from the start: The Broker reports on CoCooN

In four articles published this week, The Broker reports on the experiences of the CoCooN research programme on conflict over natural resources.

  • 10 December, 2015

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