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Life hacking EU websites (2): Finding and linking EU Court judgements [updated]

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UPDATE (14 December 2011): The Court website has a new advanced search now and the links to the results actually lead to the exact documents one wants to link; life hacking is no longer necessary. Very good! Last week I’ve started to show how life hacking of EU websites can make your life easier. The […]

Academic blogging and Google’s new search algorithm

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We academics blog to keep our nose in the winds of reality, to make our research or the works of our colleagues visible to the real world. We blog to make academic thoughts accessible for those who are not into meticulous theoretical and methodological debates (or we use our blogs to continue these debates online). […]

Remember remember the 5th of November: Polscieu turns 1

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One year ago, the Polscieu adventure started, the experiment whether political science and political practice in EU matters could be brought together in a meaningful way. Now, to explain what I mean with “bringing political science and political practice together”, consider the following speech: As a political scientist, I shall analyse the content, the rhetoric, […]

The 26-27 October 2011: The night of the tweeting journalists

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Let’s say this summit to save Greece and the Eurozone will have ended kind of late, late in the night. But those who were following these “events” won’t forget those brave women and men tweeting live from the European Council and Eurozone Summit of 26 & 27 October 2011. Those heroes, those eurojournos, tweeting while […]

The EU’s image is the boringness of its officials?

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“[…] There’s a problem with civil servants and politicians. The problem with civil servants and politicians as a breed is this: They deal every day with incredibly serious matters – very, very serious matters. The lives and livelihood of millions of people depend on their decisions. But they make the fatal error of believing that because […]

How the press services of EU Parliament and Commission see each other

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“All the EP press officers considered their services to be of better quality than those of the Commission, which dovetails with the insights provided by the journalists. Nonetheless, the fact that several officials from the EC shared this assumption was a somewhat striking result. […] Between the lines […], one might read the Commissions’ staff dissatisfaction with the strictness […]

The European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011: A #fail in the internet category [updated]

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The winners of this year’s European Parliament Prize for Journalism have been announced today, and the jury’s choice for the winning text in the category “Internet” is what one might call a #fail on the internet. Now, let me say that this is not a critique to the winner of the prize who wrote a […]

Access to EU Commission documents: 2010 statistics and 2011 academic realities [Updated]

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Yesterday, the EU Commission published its report on the application of the EU access to documents regulation in 2010 (PDF). The report gives some interesting figures, but one should see them in relation to reality, which shall be done below. A) The report’s figures in a quick and selective summary: In 2010, there were 6127 […]

Digital access to EU information 30 years ago

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I just stumbled over a nice academic publication presented quite exactly 30 years ago, in June 1981. This article titled “A practical introduction to sources of information about the European Communities” by Giancarlo Pau (an Italian working at the Commission representation in the UK; Source (pdf)) covers ways to get information about the European Communities, […]

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