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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 […]

The genesis of a European Public Sphere: Economic crisis and Lampedusa, European elections and cross-border migration

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If you have been following European politics and media, online and offline, for the past 5-6 years, you cannot but notice the genesis of a European Public Sphere . This sphere may be more or less evolved depending on national media, but it is clearly there – much more than it was before the last […]

Minecraft: European Union edition (first steps)

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Watching the ARTE documentary on video games earlier this week, seeing @notch – a Swede with 1.4 million followers, take that @carlbildt (240k followers) or European Parliament (1.08 million Likes on FB) – appear on the Late Late Show on Thursday, and remembering the failed attempt to create (i.e. bring to active life) Citzalia, I wondered whether there was an […]

The President’s tweet

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Little slip by the European Parliament President on Twitter tonight, or by whoever writes his Twitter account. The tweet was online for 10 minutes, and then disappeared. Just before it was erased, it had 130 retweets, and so I thought I’d preserve that. Many seemed to think that this was Schulz’ comment ahead of next […]

My 95,998,800,000,000 cents on the EU budget deal

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The leaders of states and governments of 28 European countries (Croatia included) are able to agree over a long-term budget worth 959 988 000 000 Euros (in commitments) 11 months before this budget period starts. The leader of the directly elected European Parliament involving 754 members from 27 European countries (plus the Croatian observers) is able […]

Jean Monnet and David Cameron: Two speeches, exactly 50 years apart

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On 23 January 2013, David Cameron held his speech on British membership of the European Union. I am not sure anyone noticed, but exactly 50 years earlier, on 23 January 1963, Jean Monnet held a speech accepting the “Freedom Award” in New York in which he argued why Britain should be part of Europe: “The next step […]

Standing in European Parliament elections “abroad”: Simplified rules

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It’s not been big news – only New Europe has reported already as far as I can see – but according to this EU Council document dated 19 November, it is agreed that it should be more simple for EU citizens to stand for the 2014 European Parliament elections in EU member states other than their home country. […]

European Council decides: Number of Commissioners = number of EU member states

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Maybe it has escaped my attention, but I just saw this European Council Decision dated 2 October plus this document dated 28 September that formally decides that the number of European Commissioners will not be reduced as originally foreseen in the EU Treaties. Instead, a special exception will be used made in concession to the Irish […]

Old stories, new stories: Fight for EU transparency and for EU documents

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I haven’t been blogging much over here lately, because of my new job at the EU Office of Transparency International in which my digital attention is currently focused on this website and contributions to this Twitter account.  Still, this wouldn’t keep me from blogging about other issues (like EU fisheries policy) if during my free hours […]

The 2012 Olympic Games in London on the European Union agenda

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The London 2012 Olympic Games are on their way, and on the medal count it’s nation states that matter. Yet, when you look to the agendas of recent EU-level meetings and the matters the EU deals with, you will realise that the European Union is actually directly and indirectly implicated in what’s going on in London. Just […]

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