His All-Holiness expressed the Ecumenical Throne’s unabating interest for the healing of the Ukrainian ecclesiastical problem and the restoration of unity for the divided ecclesiastical body in that country during his address in the Chamber of the Throne, following the 40-day memorial of Metropolitan Evangelos of Perge, which took place on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Patriarchal Church of St. George at the Phanar.
Spekkers is currently a freelance journalist. According Dutch newspaper BN de Stem he is a former criminal. In 2004 Spekkers was locked up in a Texas prison for 21 months for falsifying credit cards and travelers checks. Before that he was featured in three episodes of Dutch Tros Opgelicht, a program about people who do all kind of scams. Spekkers was at the age of 18 owner of website Bulkverkoop.com selling electronics, but he never delivered goods ordered. One of the episodes were shown on Dutch tv at February 7, 2004.
After his prison time in the US, Spekkers was in Dutch prison for another 7 months. Later he became a politician for SP in Breda. He worked f0r two years in Venezuala as freelance journalist. Back in the Netherlands he was homeless. This is a 2016 interview in NoordHollands Dagblad.
Dutch freelance journalist Michel Spekkers who is making a documentary on the situation in Eastern Ukraine found in early January 2017 bones and small parts of wreckage which belonged to the Boeing 777 shot down at July 14 2014.
Spekkers entered Eastern Ukraine via the Russia border (which is illegal). Spekkers left Ukraine at January 6 to Moscow.