After almost ten years as Green Member of the European Parliament I am now, since July 2004, foremost a free-lance writer. Just as I have been several times before during my lifetime. I was born in 1943, so biologically I am a pensioner. But I am still very active as a writer and lecturer, which gives opportunities to continue my struggle for a more ecological, Green and just world, based upon more solidarity. Now and then I contribute to the Green European Journal, (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu)
I was chairperson of the Swedish Green Think Tank COGITO (from the famous saying by the French philosopher Descartes: Cogito, ergo sum = I think, thus I am), until 2014, www.cogito.nu
I was since 2004 chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden, until 2012 www.palestinagrupperna.se
I am still ideologically very close to these two organisations.
After many year as MP, MEP, spokesperson and member of the leadership of the Swedish Green Party (Miljöpartiet de Gröna), I have today no formal political position. I was,though, a member of one of several working groups which formulated a common governmental platform together with the Social Democrats (Labour) and the Left Party for the parliamentary elections of 2010. This election year, 2014, I contribute from a more independent position, http://www.mp.se/,
I am since 2004 Member of the Advisory Council of an environmental agency in Tbilisi, Georgia (Regional Enviromental Center for South Caucasus), www.rec-caucasus.org
But primarily I feel myself as a free writer, author, agitator. I spend most of my time reading and writing (several books are in the pipe-line), love my partner, Drude Dahlerup, Danish professor of political science in Stockholm, spend time with children, step-children, their children, Drude´s children, relatives, friends, study Chinese, keep my knowledge of other foreign languages alive, especially Russian and Arabic, jog in the forest, collect mushrooms, hunt elk and geese (inside the ecological and restrictive framwork defined in the program of the Green Party!) And much more.
Here on my home page you can find information about myself, who I am, what I have done, what I am doing. Several of my newspaper articles and other texts are to be found here. As well as links to organisations where I am active and to others I find important although I may not be active there.
Quite a lot English-language material by and about me could be found on the website of the Europan Parliament, www.europarl.europa.eu/members/archive, look for terms 4 and 5 or search with my name!
If you want to know more or make contact, just write an e-letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In English. Or French, German, Russian, Arabic if you prefer that.
Yours Per Gahrton