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3 de Setembro de 2018.

Marianne Thieme

At the front of the European Animal and environmental rights. Animal and environmental rights are a big topic in the Netherlands. The country is the first country in the world with a political party with among its main goals animal- and environmentally friendly policy. Although the Party for the Animals considers itself to be a testimony party – a party which does not seek to gain political power but focuses on its principles and thereby influencing other parties – the party is gaining more followers every year. Last March during the municipal elections in the capital Amsterdam the party went from 12 seats to 33 seats. Represented in the parliament, senate and European parliament, the party is also becoming more […]
27 de Agosto de 2018.

Jordi Pujol

He kept hidden funds in tax havens for more than three decades. In the last years in Spain have been uncovered many cases of corruption among politicians of different parties. One of the most scandalous committed frauds is leaded by Pujols’ family. Jordi Pujol is a Spanish politician considered a reference and historical leader of the region of Catalonia. When democracy was established in Spain, he won the first Catalan parliamentary elections and remained in the position for 23 years widely supported by the voters. He was the founder of Convergència Democràtica and he is a symbol of Catalan nationalism. But his lasts declarations were not closely related to the independence of Catalonia. He was compelled to confess that he […]
24 de Agosto de 2018.

Mark Rutte

A Dutch politician serving as the 50th Prime Minister. Mark Rutte, born in 1967 is a national figurehead in the Netherland for nine years as the prime minister of the Netherlands. Besides, he is the Leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie – VVD). Mark Rutte announced that he will not be a politician forever. He already spends one morning a week teaching Dutch and Civics at a nearby secondary school in The Hague. I will focus on his career before he leaves the political field. Mark Rutte, born in The Hague went to a gymnasium high school from 1979 until 1985, specialising in the arts. Rutte his original ambition was to attend […]
20 de Agosto de 2018.

Willy Brandt

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1971. Willy Brandt was born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm on 18 December 1913 in Lübeck (northern Germany) where he became a socialist during his teenage years due to his family background. In 1933, he changed his name and fled to Norway to avoid arrest by the Nazis and worked as a left-wing journalist. After the German occupation of Norway in 1940, he escaped to Sweden where he lived until 1945. Brandt returned to Germany after World War Two. In 1948, he started his political career within the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and becoming a member of the German parliament. Brandt was originally considered one of the leaders of the right wing […]
17 de Agosto de 2018.

Adolfo Suárez Gonzalez

He led UCD to victory in Spain’s first free elections in 41 years. Adolfo Suárez Gonzalez was a Spanish politician and lawyer, who occupied the charge of the president in the Spanish government. In 1977, Suárez led the Union of the Democratic Centre (Unión de Centro Democrático, UCD) to victory in Spain’s first free elections in 41 years and became the first democratically-elected prime minister of the post-Francoist Spain. He studied law in Salamanca, ended his doctorate in law at “Universidad Complutense de Madrid” and he was a key figure in the Spanish transition from the dictatorial regime to the democracy after Francisco Franco’s death. After he was elected president of the government, being chosen by King Juan Carlos I, he […]