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Post-electoral spin: How will the European elections 2014 be interpreted?

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Tonight, tomorrow, and Tuesday will be less about the results of the European Parliament elections, it will be all about spinning messages around the results of the European Parliament elections. If the pre-electoral polls are only roughly right, there may be a party with the largest number of seats, but there will be no clear […]

Polscieu: The end of a journey, the start of a new one

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For the last six years, I’ve been following EU politics and information flows as a blogger, as an academic, and since 2010 also as an activist with Transparency International, first as a volunteer and since 2012 as a full-time employee here in Brussels. Last Wednesday, I finally defended “Information Flows in the Context of EU Policy-Making“, […]

5 years of Bloggingportal.eu: The social impact of a digital platform

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Exactly five years ago, when Bloggingportal.eu went live, I was living in Moldova and working in pre-electoral assistance, looking ahead to return to Germany to start my pre-doctoral research for what would become my thesis on “Information Flows in EU Policy-Making” (more background here). Today I live in Brussels, and I’m just back from a 48h hackathon […]

The genesis of a European Public Sphere: Economic crisis and Lampedusa, European elections and cross-border migration

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If you have been following European politics and media, online and offline, for the past 5-6 years, you cannot but notice the genesis of a European Public Sphere . This sphere may be more or less evolved depending on national media, but it is clearly there – much more than it was before the last […]

Les gens de l’information: A sociology of EU information people

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The “Eurobubble” online series (see also my recent blog post) and the last months of working in Brussels have raised again my academic interest in the sociology of the bubble. In my readings around this subject, I stumbled over “Le champs de l’eurocratie: Une sociologie politique du personnel de l’Union européenne“* by Professor Didier Georgakakis. I haven’t yet read the […]

Out of the Eurobubble into Belgium – and back

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If we can believe this Facebook post, the long-announced and long-awaited online series “The Eurobubble” about professional and private life in said Eurobubble will go live tomorrow (I suppose on its Youtube channel). It’s funny to watch the trailer of the show again having just spent my prolonged Easter weekend traveling through Belgium, trying to get out of the […]

My 95,998,800,000,000 cents on the EU budget deal

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The leaders of states and governments of 28 European countries (Croatia included) are able to agree over a long-term budget worth 959 988 000 000 Euros (in commitments) 11 months before this budget period starts. The leader of the directly elected European Parliament involving 754 members from 27 European countries (plus the Croatian observers) is able […]

High level, low results: EU media pluralism and some random recommendations

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Damian Tambini had announced it for November. Neelie Kroes has blogged about it yesterday. Bruno Waterfield took the occasion today to get a quote from Nigel Farage that included a reference to “1984″. And I also thought it would be worth writing about the report of the “High Level Group on Media  Freedom and Pluralism” titled […]

How the dominance of English kills the European debate

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Spanishwalker has already argued some months ago that one of the problems of the European blogosphere is the dominance of English. He sees the problem in English being the gatekeeper language between blogging and writing in most other European languages. In consequence, conversation between Swedish and Spanish bloggers would only take place if they (a) write and […]

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