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Why was ACTA approved in the EU Fisheries Council?

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In December 2011, the EU Council decision to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was approved during a Fisheries Council meeting as an “A-Item”, i.e. without discussion at ministerial level. While both, the fact that a Fisheries Council approves ACTA and that this happens without ministerial debate, may look strange at first sight, these are […]

The European Parliament elections 2014 will be huge

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In just a bit more than two years, the next European Parliament elections will take place and public discussions about the personnel for the 2014 European Parliament elections have already started. But more important than that: These next European Parliament elections will be huge! They will be huge not just because they decide about the composition of […]

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 […]

1981-2009: 39% of EU Commissioners became private interest representatives

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In a paper titled “There is life after the Commission: An empirical analysis of private interest representation by former EU-commissioners, 1981–2009” (The Review of International Organizations, Issue 1/2012) Roland Vaubel, Bernhard Klingen and David Müller have published data and analyses of the post-Commission life of 92 former EU Commissioners who did not die in office or […]

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 […]

On the road to #rp12: European blogging in Italy

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In 2009, Italian blogger Luca Conti said in an interview that he was “afraid a European blogosphere will remain a dream” because news markets were mainly national and participation in European Parliament elections were low: Now, that was 3 years ago. In the interview, he mentioned the platform Liquida as a possible starting point to discover […]

Why post-Lisbon isn’t post Lisbon

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Could you please stop using “post-Lisbon” when referring to the time since the Lisbon Treaty is in force? And when I say you I mean all of you! A post-war period is when the war is over. The post-Reagan era was when President Reagan stepped down, and in Post-Communism all that was left were the inheritance of […]

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