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In the Parlamentarium

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Together with Andy, I went to the Parlamentarium, the new EU Parliament visitors’ centre, yesterday. One day later I actually still don’t know what to think about it. It kind of feels like a cosy and fancy vision of the European Parliament, with some interesting features and some strange things that don’t make sense. Parlamentarium making-of video After getting […]

EU Commission fears power loss in the Eurozone crisis

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As you may remember, the last European Council meeting on 8 & 9 December 2011 ended with the conclusion that no unanimity for a Treaty change was achieved. Thus, an intergovernmental treaty was needed to move ahead to continue the anti-crisis measures. Reading through the Commission meeting protocol of the session following this European Council […]

Making use of Neelie Kroes’ open data policy: A request for the Commission expert group register

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Today, I’ve made the following request for documents to the EU Commission (links added): “In line with Regulation 1049/2001 and in combination with Commission Decision 2011/833/EU on the the reuse of Commission documents, in particular Article 8.1, I request access to the full database of the “Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities” […]

#28c3: Hack the EU or why politics should take note of a hacker congress

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Yesterday, I’ve found my way to the Chaos Communication Congress 2011 in Berlin to take a look “Behind enemy lines” at a congress bringing together German and international hackers of all kind (note: most talks are on Youtube). At first sight, such a meeting does not seem to be relevant for the political sphere, in particular […]

Follow-up: Life hacking the EU Court search

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Since I’ve blogged about the need to “life hack” the EU Court’s search one month ago, the Court website got a new advanced search. When you search for a (list of) Court document(s) there and choose one of the results, the the links to this result can now be “re-used” afterwards, making it now possible to […]

Social network analysis: Core elites & peripheral monkeys

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The great thing of working with social network analysis is that is a truly inter- and transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach. Network analysts come from such diverse backgrounds as sociology, physics, psychology, biology or, as in my case, political science (and more). This interdisciplinary approach can sometimes lead to quite funny moments when all these […]

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