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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 […]

How the dominance of English kills the European debate

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Spanishwalker has already argued some months ago that one of the problems of the European blogosphere is the dominance of English. He sees the problem in English being the gatekeeper language between blogging and writing in most other European languages. In consequence, conversation between Swedish and Spanish bloggers would only take place if they (a) write and […]

Gibt es eine deutsch(sprachig)e Europa-Blogosphäre?

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Weil ich auf der re:publica 12 diesen Vortrag gehalten habe, bin ich Montag in Essen zu einem Vortrag samt Diskussion geladen, bei dem es um die “Europäische Online-Öffentlichkeit” gehen soll. Googelt man den Begriff, ist der einzige Text, den man dazu findet, der hier (vergleiche: Selbstreferenzialität), das heißt, ich muss die Antworten auf die großen Fragen […]

Is EUROPA governed by Berlin?

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. I I EC EIT EIB TED ETF ECB COR Curia Europarl PRELEX Consilium EEAS Eurozone Eurojust EMA Biodiversity EESC Bookshop Europol European Council EDA We Mean Business EDPS EuroparlTV EIGE ACER OLAF EASA EASO EFSA EFCA EMSA ESMA OAMI ECHA ECDC OSHA MADB ENISA BEREC ESPAS EU-UN EACEA CORDIS ERA EEA ECA FRA ERC GSA EUR-LEX EMCDDA CEDEFOP FRONTEX CERT CDT Is EUROPA governed by Berlin, […]

Fortress Europe, Schengen and the European Sphere

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“[H]ow can the public debate necessary to make the EU a genuine ‘land of immigration’ take place if there is no common, democratic European ‘public sphere’, and no space for genuine intra-European political debate? The desire for such debate is connected to the need for a common sphere of social and public interaction within the […]

Extended book review: “La théorie de l’information” by Aurélien Bellanger

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I first stumbled over “La théorie de l’information” by Aurélien Bellanger – published this summer – in a review by Le Soir about a month ago. It was a sunny Saturday morning, a rare occasion here in Brussels, and I was reading the weekend edition of the Belgian newspaper over a breakfast in a café. […]

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