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The Berlaymont Papers: That’s Key Commission Thinking?

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“BEPA has developed the concept of the ‘Berlaymont Papers‘ which will make available to a wider public some of the key thinking going on within the service. The first issue of the ‘Berlaymont Papers’, building on the Workshop on the Arab Spring organised with IFRI, was released in January 2012. A second one, on European think tanks, is planned […]

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 […]

Barroso freaks out in fear of environmental NGOs

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I just read the summary of last week’s EU Commission meeting (18 July 2012), and in there I stumbled over a very interesting quote from a discussion on two recent EU Court rulings*: “The PRESIDENT [Barroso] said that the potential consequences of these judgments were very far-reaching;  leaving aside the damage done to the Commission’s reputation by […]

Cyprus Presidency invites bloggers to the EU Council next week

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When in May the upcoming Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council announced they would want to meet with bloggers, I still wasn’t sure whether this would actually happen. I gave my five cents and when I was in Brussels soon after I met with the two spokespersons (Marianna & Nikos) of the Cyprus representation to brainstorm […]

UdL Digital Talks: Gekaufte Youtube-Klicks

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Vor zwei Wochen habe ich bei UdL Digital – einem von e-plus/BASE gesponsorten Internettalk – mit Jürgen Trittin über Europa diskutiert. Wie ich mich selbst und die Diskussion gesehen habe, habe ich auch schon verbloggt. Was mir im Anschluss auffiel war, dass im Vergleich zu den vorherigen Talks erstaunlich wenig Zuschauer ihren Weg auf das […]

Europa, Jürgen Trittin und ich – Eine (Selbst)Kritik

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Ich hab letzte Woche, moderiert durch Cherno Jobatey, mit Jürgen Trittin über Europa diskutiert. Die leider zusammengeschnittene Fassung unsere ca. 45-minütigen Diskussion ist jetzt auf Youtube nachsehbar. Ich bin mir bis heute nicht ganz klar, ob das letztendlich sinnvoll war, und was ich damit meine habe ich auch schon aufgeschrieben. Aber vielleicht doch noch ein […]

They are watching your votes, Council and Parliament!

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Votewatch.eu has been relaunched on Monday, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s time doing so. Put in very simple terms, it’s a website that takes publicly available information from the European Parliament and the EU Council – in particular everything related to votes – and makes it accessible in a way that both […]

Der Himmel über Europa

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Ich hab in den letzten Tagen häufiger über Europa reden dürfen, reden müssen. Wenn man das tut, merkt man, dass das mitnichten einfach ist, dass man manchmal viel lieber nichts sagen würde, weil man, obwohl man das Richtige sagen möchte, doch nur das Falsche sagt. Vielleicht ist es besser, wenn man andere sprechen lässt, und […]

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