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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). […]

The EU Council’s right to initiative? – Less pay for EU officials requested

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Everyone studying the European Union knows that it’s the Commission that proposes legislation. However, this doesn’t say the Commission is always at the origin of such proposals. The Lisbon Treaty for example grants the Council the right to request, with a simple majority, from the Commission “any studies the Council considers desirable for the attainment […]

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, […]

Translating the Barroso/van Rompuy letter to the G20

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EU Commission president Barroso and European Council President van Rompuy have written a letter to the G20 (pdf). Here is my translation “EU speak to human language” to show what they actually mean: The decisions we have taken in our G20 Summits to date have been crucial in steering us through the global financial and economic […]

The night before the European Council: Merkel takes some drinks

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The night before the European Council on 23 October 2011, the two French journalists Jean Quatremer and Arnaud Leparmentier have dinner in the hotel Amigo where also the French and the Germans are lodged. “Diner ce soir à l’hôtel Amigo avec @ArLeparmentier où résident les délégations françaises et allemandes #euro” (Jean Quatremer) Merkel and Sarkozy return late, […]

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 […]

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