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4 topics that may interest you in my doctoral thesis

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Last month, my PhD thesis “Information flows in the context of EU policy-making : affiliation networks and the post-2012 reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy” has been published online (under a Creative Commons license), so anyone is free to read it, quote it, criticise it. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, […]

What will the European Commission learn from the European Parliament elections 2014?

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On 28 May, the Wednesday after the European elections, Barroso reported back to the Commission from the informal dinner of heads of state and government the evening before in which the future European Commission President was discussed. After a quite general presentation of Barroso’s impressions of the informal dinner, the  minutes of the European Commission College […]

Real backroom deals and the collective failure of the European Council – a reply to Simon Nixon and others

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I’ve already had my say on the Spitzenkandidaten-process-debate. Yet, over the weekend, I had to laugh about the absurdity of one quote in Simon Nixon‘s Wall Street Journal blog post “Blame Merkel, not Cameron, for Juncker Mess“. Here’s what he wrote “Mr. Juncker is being foisted on the European Council by the European Parliament as a […]

Goodbye from Brussels & my Ombudsman case against the European Commission

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Yesterday has been my last day at the Transparency International EU Office, before returning into the world of political science in June. In fact, I will be starting Monday as a researcher at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Funny coincidence that  also yesterday the European Ombudsman has decided to officially close my case […]

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 […]

A gender balanced EU leadership in 2014? Rather not…

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The European Commission has a gender balance problem. The EU institutions’ leadership has a gender balance problem. And 2014 doesn’t seem to be the year where this will change. Bruxelles2‘s research has shown that, so far, only 5 out 28 EU member states have female candidates lined up for the next College of Commissioners, and […]

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“, […]

The EU Common Fisheries Policy reform: Getting my documents at last!

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It’s almost 3 months since I submitted my doctoral thesis. It’s 23 months since I filed a complaint to the European Ombudsman. It’s 24 months since I filed a confirmatory application to the European Commission to get 5 documents on the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy reform. It’s 26 months since I requested the 1st of […]

In The Matrix: The film at the origins of a doctoral thesis on EU networks

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About a month ago, I have submitted my doctoral thesis on EU networks and information flows. Tracing back the origins of this thesis could be looking into the past eight years of my life, having lived in five different countries in those years, the life in each of which has shaped the thesis in one […]

European Parliament Elections 2009 in academic research

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After yesterday’s European Parliament decision, we are now exactly one year away from the start of European Parliament elections 2014. A good time to look into academic research on the past elections. Lacomeuropeene has already covered academic research on the media coverage of the European Parliament elections in 2009, and so has Die Presse (via […]

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