The Individual Supporters' Network has organised a train trip to the EGP Council in Athens, November 2012. Here you will find all the preparations, the routes, the decisions, and the participants of the journey.
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For the first time, we have a series of Green bloggers who are heading out on the Athens Express, sending out regular updates, images, opinions... And, as they meet Green supporters across Europe, you should have an entertaining daily read. Today, we have four different people blogging about Athens.
Barry Sandland blog page
Joline Suijkerbuijk blog page
Jocelyne Le Boulicaut's blog page
Mark MacKenzie blog page
Lea Baumbach blog page
Budapest, Hungary, has become a rest day, of sorts. We arrived late last night - Friday, if you are lost - and immediately entered a Hungarian birthday party that lasted until 4am. I did not. My body collapsed just after midnight and I crawled into a corner and fell asleep. Bodies were everywhere across the apartment in the morning and it smacked of a party from a Kundera novel.But Hungarians party well.
Croatian Greens are slightly schizophrenic. Or, rather, they have divided popularity. They have immense presence at the municipal level and have 30 Green councillors, mostly in Zagreb where they have 24. More elections are coming and they are profiting from the aggressive, controlling politics of the larger parties.
Strana zelenych wants clean air, clean water and clean politics or shall we say....'clean laundry'?
Though "tiredness" is the wrong term. Already the past days have been so intense. We have learnt a lot from our partner parties, about the issues that they are concerned by and have tried to give our input where we felt it to be helpful.
The Czech Greens are a smaller part of the European Green Party network, but that has not limited their inventiveness. In the corner of the meeting room, they had a mannequin with one of their recent t-shirts - a superhero style design of two hands ripping open his shirt to expose the Green logo underneath. It is no stretch to see this comes from Superman. And the incognito sense of self that, just under the skin, you find a Green.
As you read all our blogs you will see that already each of us is going to have a very specific field in mind. Mine is going to be gender, women's everyday life, and making people aware of the challenge of an ageing population in Europe.
When I awoke to find the water closet, the car that was adjoined to our sleeper car was….well….different shall we say. The car that I was considering taking a nap in was well on its way to Warsaw.
It is 4.30 pm when I hurry out of the office, having the goodbye-wishes of my collegues following me.
I am sure they believe I am crazy...
When I cross Rue Wiertz and arrive at the EGP-office I ring the bell and ask to be let in
"I am here for the Athens-Express" - first time to realize: Yes, we are about to leave on the very same evening!!
I pass through the staircase and enter the backyard. Through a window I can see a grey-haired man sitting in front of a
There was a real little crowd around the piano player who was one of those kids that in France we say come from 'les cites' meaning the outskirts of town, or at least that is what he looked like !