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Monthly Archives: April 2011

The European Maritime Safety Agency: An EU communications perspective

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Over a week ago I was in Portugal to hear about the issue of water in all sorts of contexts, a reporting trip I had won because I have blogged about EU water politics. [...] Tassoni was able to transmit true passion for the rather technical work of his so far unknown EU agency without falling into specialist or EU jargon, something many EU officials in Brussels are totally unable to do. [...]

Why Researchers Should Blog: Joining the Euroblogosphere

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Guest post by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten* “Publish or perish”: Academia has its own jungle law. To thrive (or even to survive, it feels like occasionally) one needs to produce texts and in this case I mean specifically texts as words (images, videos, audio presentations are not yet acceptable). Articles, book chapters, monographs, conference papers, working […]

The Advanced User Polity or: Why the EU is like a primeval forest

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You have to be an admirer of the European Union. This polity that a professor of mine once called “a negotiated negotiation system for future negotiations” has an intrinsic beauty that you can only discover when you take the time to make long random walks through its endless piles of laws and regulations, of institutions […]

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Thoughts on blogging, academic teaching, and the use of sources

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It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging here, which doesn’t mean I haven’t been blogging, although the live blogging from the EU Council was kind of exhausting. Yet, in the meantime, over at the Transparency International blog I’ve been writing about the current MEP corruption scandal. And on the Th!nk about it! blogging competition […]