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Bloggers meeting the Cyprus Council Presidency: My five cents

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Soon Cyprus – the island presidency – will take over the EU Council Presidency from Denmark. And they have proposed a bloggers meeting on 12 July in Brussels, a meeting that should bring together bloggers from Cyprus and other European bloggers, as well as introduce the Presidency team to them. I think this is a […]

The illusion of the EU bubble and the discovery of the EU foam

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Mathew believes in the existence of the EU bubble. For him, EU blogging is just the tiny fraction of overlap between the small world of EU experts and the small world of bloggers. For him, we need to build bridges to escape from the bubble. But all that Mathew needs is to open his eyes. […]

Podcast: The changing role of public affairs companies in Brussels

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I just stumbled over a recent Fleishman-Hillard podcast (mp3) in which Managing Director Caroline Wunnerlich looks back at the changing role of public affairs companies in Brussels over the last 20 years. The content is not overly surprising, but for those of us who are comparatively new to EU politics it’s still worth remembering that a […]

Kunveno – A new European podcast

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I yesterday listened the first episode of Kunveno, a new English-language European podcast after they followed me on Twitter. The first episode covers the resurrection of new parties and new voting patterns in Europe, from Iceland to Poland and from Estonia to Slovenia. The main observation is that this first podcast sets up a very […]

On the road to #rp12: Multilingual EU blogging, translations and the fascination of Presseurop

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The EU-focussed blogosphere is dominated by English language blogs. The search for multilingual EU blogging is cumbersome, even when pan-European political debates take place on issues of common interest. Some of the solutions to overcome these problems are (1) bilingual EU blogs, (2) EU bloggers writing different blogs in different languages, (3) ad hoc cross-blog translation as […]

On the road to #rp12: Women don’t blog about EU politics

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It’s not big news that the political blogospheres are dominated by alpha males, which is quite unsatisfactory because blogging as such isn’t. The problem may be that men decide what is political blogging and what isn’t. What about EU blogging in this regard? A quick look into the euroblogosphere does not at all contradict this view of male […]

Facenuke or: A failed social network visualisation by Greenpeace

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The image above (click on the image for full size or go here to explore the network) is a network visualisation of the energy sector in France. Or so at least claims Greenpeace France. It looks nice, it looks plausible but methodological it is poorly done and therefore creates the impression of a network where […]

Euronews becomes EU Commission propaganda channel

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In a blog post over at Decrypter la communication européenne, Michaël discusses the buy-in of the European Commission into the content of the news channel Euronews. According to Michaël, with a global yearly budget of 6.5 million Euros, any Commission directorate general can buy short or long magazine contributions or series each to be aired […]

Writing human instead of ‘methodological masturbation’ in political science

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If you have 15 minutes to spare, I recommend listening to Matthew Flinders‘ defence of political science shared by Slugger O’Toole. Matthew Flinders argues for better writing and new ways to engage with real audiences, instead of wasting time with “methodological masturbation” that human could ever understand. The word “blogging” is not used, but it is […]

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