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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Reading a Japanese journal article with Google Translate

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Today I was searching for an older official EU document online. Instead of finding this document I stumbled across a Japanese journal article that covered the subject of my current research – the EU’s common fisheries policy – and that had quoted this document. […]

2-3 years ago, I would have been totally lost at this point in time, but today my eyes turned immediately to Google Translate, a service that has become better and better over the last years.

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Spilled water, wasted funds? – A special look at a special EU Court of Auditors report

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Water is one of the most important resources for social and economic development. Water supply for domestic consumption is essential for human health and wellbeing.

This is a very general though strong statement, one that few would argue against. You may have expected such a sentence in the UN Resolution on the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015″.

A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?

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As a political scientist interested in EU matters and as somebody involved in the EU blogosphere I’m almost daily working with official EU documents and EU legislation. And while I’m more and more familiar with the multitude of EU document databases and search interfaces, the easiest way to find EU legislation still is the use […]

Social media and the EESC: How to get visibility to an unknown institution?

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Do you know what the EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee, is? If yes, have you ever heard about anything it has been doing? Do you know any person working there – the President, the Secretary General etc.? Do we know about the actual influence of this advisory EU body? Today, together with fellow Bloggingportal.eu […]

Don’t write the euro off just yet: An institutionalist perspective

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By Scott James The Economist’s front cover this week set me thinking about the prospects for the euro’s survival. There has been much coverage in the press over recent weeks about the impending collapse (or at least the shrinkage) of the eurozone as a consequence of the sovereign debt crises afflicting several member states, the […]

New Ideas on Europe: How to use blogs for teaching

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Teaching is getting more important and EU scholars need to think how to adapt to a new generation of students that not only grew up with the internet but also tend to organise their lives using various social networks. However, it seems that many academics are slow to embrace social media as a teaching tool. […]