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European Parliament Elections 2009 in academic research

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After yesterday’s European Parliament decision, we are now exactly one year away from the start of European Parliament elections 2014. A good time to look into academic research on the past elections. Lacomeuropeene has already covered academic research on the media coverage of the European Parliament elections in 2009, and so has Die Presse (via […]

The making of European leaders: who selects the president(s)?

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Fellow euroblogger Jon Worth has spent some time gathering thoughts and evidence around the coming European Union leadership following the 2014 European Parliament elections, a start of discussions applauded by other bloggers. Jon has listed a number of candidates for the next European Commission President (of the centre-right, the centre left, or the rest), for the next European […]

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 […]

Les gens de l’information: A sociology of EU information people

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The “Eurobubble” online series (see also my recent blog post) and the last months of working in Brussels have raised again my academic interest in the sociology of the bubble. In my readings around this subject, I stumbled over “Le champs de l’eurocratie: Une sociologie politique du personnel de l’Union européenne“* by Professor Didier Georgakakis. I haven’t yet read the […]

Out of the Eurobubble into Belgium – and back

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If we can believe this Facebook post, the long-announced and long-awaited online series “The Eurobubble” about professional and private life in said Eurobubble will go live tomorrow (I suppose on its Youtube channel). It’s funny to watch the trailer of the show again having just spent my prolonged Easter weekend traveling through Belgium, trying to get out of the […]

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 […]

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