Lieven's Blog

What's on my mind...

Financial crisis

Indignados...and the potential of severe violence

cinquantenaire, indignados

I went to talk to some indignados in the Jubel-park in Brussels. The mayor of the city allowed them to stay another night in the park. When I arrived they were... Read More…

A need for a revision of the separation of powers?

A fundamental principle in democratic governance is the trias politica, or the separation of powers. Many democratic states are therefore divided into three branches, a judiciary, a legislature and an executive power. Although there are differences among countries in the way that the trias politica is organized, the reason it is implemented is the same: when a single person or group has too much power, they could become dangerous to citizens… Read More…

One Percent Against One Percent…Why this Apathy?

blogEntryTopperI met Michael in Washington and Aaron in London. Both are active members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. They sleep in tents outside and it is cold these days. They have the courage to persevere... Read More…