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Norway’s Europeanisation and the democratic deficit

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The Norwegian Government has just published a 900-page long report titled “Outside and Inside – Norway’s agreements with the European Union” (the link leads to the English translation of the 1st chapter). The report summarises the scope of Europeanisation of Norway and the implications this has for the country and involved notable (EU) scholars such as […]

Communicating EU technocracy and science: Is it the same?

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Fellow Bloggingportal.eu editor Mathew has just published an excellent piece titled “Of technocrats, journalistic balance and telling EU stories“. His post reflects in a way what I try with this blog, that is to think about whether translation between the world of self-imposed balance and reason and the world of purposeful (or purposeless) conflict of […]

New European Parliament committee chairs for 2012-14

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It’s the mid-term exams in the European Parliament, and not just the person on the president’s chair has changed, but so do a good number of the chairs of the parliamentary committees. Some stay apparently, others change. What the exact rules for this castling are? Nobody knows. Mabe the EP web editors could explain… Thanks to […]

The EPP’s stance on Hungary criticised by Cohn-Bendit

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The European Peoples Party (EPP) in the European Parliament is more and more showing face. It votes collectively against more EU transparency. And it defends Victor Orban’s “new” Hungary arguing that all his government did was to abolish “a Stalinist constitution”, following the defence line of Orban. That’s why it is worth listening to Daniel […]

New EP President Martin Schulz on first reading agreements

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Yesterday, Martin Schulz (Socialists & Democrats) was elected President of the European Parliament until 2014. But while his acceptance speech, although quite nice, probably will not be remembered as one of the major political speeches in 2012, one line of it still caught my attention (my highlight): “If our Parliament is to become more visible, if […]

EU Commission fears power loss in the Eurozone crisis

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As you may remember, the last European Council meeting on 8 & 9 December 2011 ended with the conclusion that no unanimity for a Treaty change was achieved. Thus, an intergovernmental treaty was needed to move ahead to continue the anti-crisis measures. Reading through the Commission meeting protocol of the session following this European Council […]

#28c3: Hack the EU or why politics should take note of a hacker congress

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Yesterday, I’ve found my way to the Chaos Communication Congress 2011 in Berlin to take a look “Behind enemy lines” at a congress bringing together German and international hackers of all kind (note: most talks are on Youtube). At first sight, such a meeting does not seem to be relevant for the political sphere, in particular […]

Finally a reply to my request for access to EU Commission documents [updated]

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It’s been a long time I’ve been waiting for a decision by the EU Commission on my requests for access to EU documents – but today I finally received a letter signed by the Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine Day (photo). This request concerned a set of five documents I need for my […]

The European Year of Citizens 2013: What are the other years?

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The Commission has proposed that 2013 shall be “The European Year of Citizens“. I already find “European Years” in general a quite ridiculous concept, but this one is plainly, and I excuse my choice of words, stupid. If a European Year is meant to do something, then to focus the attention on something that deserves more […]

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