Regardless of the political context, century or continent, the primary motivator for war and struggle remains the instinctual fear of humans incited by their urge to survive. That fear can easily be fed by leaders systematically emphasizing that ‘something’ is at stake because ‘someone’ is a threat.
President Erdogan put Turkey on a nationalist road, seemingly at odds with the interests of European states. NATO is often used to support Turkey’s policies and undermine opposition. Adopting a common policy by EU-NATO members on Turkey is becoming increasingly vital to protect European interests.
Government problems with the national digital infrastructure (GDI) are evident in failures such as the unsuccessful digital transformation of the ‘Basisregistratie Personen’ or the recent ‘Zorgtoeslagaffaire’ in the Ministry of Finance.
With access to Covid-19 vaccines being regarded a soft power asset, a few powerful countries use vaccine shots to further their own diplomatic objectives, in a move that is symbolically potent but without clear pragmatic benefits so far.
In 2017, a year before the end of his tenure, the Digi Commisioner quietly stepped down, due to an insufficient mandate and lack of support. Some incremental progress was made, but the Dutch digital infrastructure remains far from futureproof.