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Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen to become next Secretary General of the Council

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Over on my new Tumblr, I am covering the selection of Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen as the next Secretary General of the Council and European Council. I initially stumbled over this issue three weeks ago when doing political science research on the Council, so I thought I’d follow-up a little bit more.

My EU Notes tumblr

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While this blog is clearly my long-form and research-focused online outlet, and while on Twitter I publish a mix of everything short that comes to my mind every day (polsci and non-polsci stuff), I decided I need something EU-focused that is shorter than PolSciEU but also longer and easier to link than Twitter. This is […]

Gender equality: the European Union’s DNA is not working!

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In its International Women’s Day message, the European Commission claims today that “Europe has been promoting gender equality since 1957 – it is part of the European Union’s DNA“. The problem with DNA is that it also needs activating, and EU reality shows that activating the gender equality genes at EU-level doesn’t really work: No […]

The committee structure of the European Parliament visualised

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There are many ways to study the European Parliament. Votewatch.eu analyses roll call votes. Integritywatch.eu looks into side activities and side incomes of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). And political scientists study the European Parliament’s gender balance and many other topics that are of interest to wider or more limited audiences. Anybody who spends time researching, lobbying or […]

What we knew since July 2014: Juncker doesn’t want the troika

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Today, the German Handelsblatt reports “exclusively” based on “sources inside the Commission” that Juncker wants to replace the troika. Belgian newspaper La Libre quotes this article to report the same. Both articles suggest that this is the result of the Greek elections. However, would we not have lazy EU journalism, they would have read in […]

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Communicating EU technocracy and science: Is it the same?

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Fellow Bloggingportal.eu editor Mathew has just published an excellent piece titled “Of technocrats, journalistic balance and telling EU stories“. His post reflects in a way what I try with this blog, that is to think about whether translation between the world of self-imposed balance and reason and the world of purposeful (or purposeless) conflict of […]

Denmark and the EU Council: The blabla Presidency has started

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What restores confidence and faith in the EU? What motivates citizens to become involved, to care, to listen to what EU politics can bring to them? The Danish Presidency has given its first answer: By making lame PR videos with soft colours, soft background music and a lot of soft blabla. How much this is […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman: Next week?

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You may have read that I’ve started a complaint against the EU Commission to the EU Ombudsman. Today I’ve received a letter from the Commission telling me that they are unable to stay within the legal time limits even with the documents requested in September, i.e. the documents to which my initial request from 5 […]

The State of the European Union: On the road to a more political polity?

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Looking at “The Week in Bloggingportal“, the summary of last week’s euroblog posts, many of which have covered Barroso’s “State of the European Union” (SOTEU) speech, one may ask: So what is the state of Union?

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