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Reading a Japanese journal article with Google Translate

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Today I was searching for an older official EU document online. Instead of finding this document I stumbled across a Japanese journal article that covered the subject of my current research – the EU’s common fisheries policy – and that had quoted this document. […]

2-3 years ago, I would have been totally lost at this point in time, but today my eyes turned immediately to Google Translate, a service that has become better and better over the last years.

Spilled water, wasted funds? – A special look at a special EU Court of Auditors report

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Water is one of the most important resources for social and economic development. Water supply for domestic consumption is essential for human health and wellbeing.

This is a very general though strong statement, one that few would argue against. You may have expected such a sentence in the UN Resolution on the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015”.

A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?

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As a political scientist interested in EU matters and as somebody involved in the EU blogosphere I’m almost daily working with official EU documents and EU legislation. And while I’m more and more familiar with the multitude of EU document databases and search interfaces, the easiest way to find EU legislation still is the use […]

Social media and the EESC: How to get visibility to an unknown institution?

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Do you know what the EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee, is? If yes, have you ever heard about anything it has been doing? Do you know any person working there – the President, the Secretary General etc.? Do we know about the actual influence of this advisory EU body? Today, together with fellow Bloggingportal.eu […]

Access to scientific data: European Court of Human Rights judgement

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Over at the Strasbourg Observers you can find the summary of a very interesting ruling of the European Court of Human Rights. If I understand the summary correctly, the Court has found that researchers may be obliged to grant access to their research data to outsiders even if this data includes personal data that was […]

Journal-istic: Does EU democracy assistance fail?

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[I]n democracy assistance the EU starts with a relatively big plan and ends up with a particularly small outcome I was surprised to find this kind of statement in a scientific journal; it sounds so nicely down to earth that I was really interested in finding out how Federica Bicchi had come to this conclusion The […]

Journal-istic: The EU’s influence on national tax systems

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In the latest issue (7/2010) of the “Journal of European Public Policy“, Achim Kemmerling* asks the following question (link to the article): Does Europeanization, the single market in particular, lead to convergence in national tax policies? He starts his article by pointing to four possible major mechanisms drawn from the literature that may explain why national tax […]

Blogging elsewhere, too

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While I intend to use this blog for political science related blogging, I am also blogging elsewhere from time to time, for instance – like today together with Eurogoblin – “The Week in Bloggingportal“, the weekly summary of the most interesting euroblog articles chosen by the (voluntary) editors of Bloggingportal.eu, or sometimes for the blog of the […]

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