Wytze Russchen's 'Oliemannetje'

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Some say I was already practicing politics in the crib. In my memory, 1984 was a breakthrough year. It was the year of the cruise missiles and the people’s petitions. Of pacifist Woodstock residues Strikwerda and Faber of the Interdenominational Peace Council (Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad; abbreviated as IKV in Dutch). Seventy-five percent of the students were… » read more

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I had my dream job in my pocket but there were still a couple of hurdles to jump. The party was over, now the serious stuff would start. Because landing your dream job is one thing, keeping it is another. As a Dutchman “with a past,” they would keep an extra close eye on me.… » read more

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Having the Revu debacle freshly in my memory, I worked extra hard. Every week, there was an article in the newspaper; a lot was bulldozed to protect my boss. Hard work from my side and lots of dark chocolate after lunch. I learned my classics quickly. However, I started noticing that I took my job… » read more

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I always refer to De Clercq as my first employer. But factually that is not true. In psychology this is called denial, which in this case is not so strange. The reason behind that is that I was really eager to do my first job right. But what kind of job was this? It turned… » read more

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Wytze Russchen is born (1970) in Friesland, the Netherlands. Wytze’s dream is an international political career. Europe is calling; during his studies, he leaves to Brussels to do two internships. The Bubble fits him like a glove. He gets a foot in the EU engine room via a cabinet position with Willy De Clercq, a… » read more

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Bongo Berlusconi

I met Silvio Berlusconi twice. Though it is fairer to say that I saw him twice since an army of bodyguards assured our distance. At least at the first occasion. Unfortunately, that wasn’t at one of those Bongo Bongo parties, but during less exciting gatherings in Brussels. The big Berlusconi, though the word ‘big’ applied… » read more

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