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The EU’s image is the boringness of its officials?

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“[…] There’s a problem with civil servants and politicians. The problem with civil servants and politicians as a breed is this: They deal every day with incredibly serious matters – very, very serious matters. The lives and livelihood of millions of people depend on their decisions. But they make the fatal error of believing that because […]

The European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011: A #fail in the internet category [updated]

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The winners of this year’s European Parliament Prize for Journalism have been announced today, and the jury’s choice for the winning text in the category “Internet” is what one might call a #fail on the internet. Now, let me say that this is not a critique to the winner of the prize who wrote a […]

Little steps towards less transparency in the EU Commission?

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Sometimes I get confused. As you know from previous blog posts, I have requested the “Results of [a] weekly meeting of Chefs de cabinet” of the European Commission, the penultimate before the summer break.*  But there may be more to this matter than just a case of a freedom of information request: Until the summer […]

Barroso’s State of the Union 2011: My SOTEU bingo results

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This morning, EU Commission President Barroso delivered his “State of the Union” (text, video). We at Bloggingportal.eu have called for a Barroso Buzzword/Bullshit Bingo to be played, and I have proposed my own list of 10 words/phrases to be said during the speech. Here is how I succeeded: Europe 2020 – check 1x Crisis – […]

Barroso Bullshit Bingo for the 2011 State of the European Union address

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[…] Already last year, we at Bloggingportal.eu have made fun of this “State of the European Union” (#SOTEU), and Jon was the first to call for a revival of our Barroso Bullshit Bingo. […]

#UACES2011 in Cambridge: A look at some interesting EU research

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I must say that I very much enjoyed the UACES conference in Cambridge last week, especially some of the finished and ongoing research I was able to witness. Listening to the presentations, discussions and interventions, I’d say some of the people who were there would make pretty good EU bloggers. Here are some of the […]

Interview: Ben Rosamond and the importance of IPE in European Studies

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Ben Rosamond (Copenhaguen University) and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (Oxford Brookes University) discuss the current and future importance of non-mainstream IPE approaches in understanding the European Union and its role in the new world order after the Global Financial Crisis.

Leonhard den Hertog discusses Frontex and the rise in immigration after the Arab Spring

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In the first part of this short interview, Leonhard den Hertog, University of Cologne, discusses the difficulties in assessing the accountability of the EU Borders Agency (Frontex). The second part of this interview looks at whether the scale of migration to Italy following the Arab Spring has been overstated.

Tell us about your research? Shelly Gottfried speaks to Miguel Otero-Iglesias

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Now in her third year at City University, Shelly Gottfried discusses the challenges of undertaking her PhD with Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Oxford Brookes University. She also offers her views on the immediate problems facing the EU in light of the Arab Spring.

Noda Yoshihiko as a New PM: Unnecessary Change in Current Japan

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Noda Yoshihiko, Finance Minister under Kan Naoto administration, was chosen as a sixth Prime Minister of Japan in the last five years. Anxiety over Kan’s future as a Prime Minister was already observed after the 3/11 earthquake indeed. Because of his “poor performance” in dealing with the earthquake aftermath, three opposition parties had submitted a […]

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