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EU Parliament attacks Council over Schengen decision

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Yesterday, the Council of Ministers for Justice attacked Schengen, and they attacked hard (Update: Council press release & formal “compromise” text). So it’s good to see the four major political groups in the European Parliament put out strong press releases indicating that they won’t accept this marche arrière. People’s Party: “A lost opportunity and a reversion to […]

A note to Commission spokesperson Antony Gravili

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Dear Mr Gravili, I don’t know whether the EUobserver quoted you out of context, and whether you meant to say that only (or mostly) big corporation lawyers and “nutty NGOs” make use of the EU transparency rules. I don’t know whether you have ever tried yourself to request documents from the European Commission. Maybe you […]

Commission fails deadline in my Ombudsman complaint

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In November 2011, I submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman because the Commission failed to provide me with documents I needed for my research. The Commission finally provided me with the documents in late December, but I only got partial access and it became clear that they failed to follow the procedures properly. Hence, […]

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: Public debate and secret negotiations

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Today, the EU Council holds its third orientation debate on the reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (Council background note). That’s the shiny surface of general ideas and positions staged for the public and live streamed on the internet (from ~11/11.15 am). Tomorrow, the Council’s Working Party* on “Internal and External Fisheries Policy” meets, and […]

Nachlese zur #rp12: Euroblogger-Wochen in Deutschland (update)

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Vor zehn Tagen hatte ich ihn noch als Beispiel eines deutschen Euro-Bloggers in meinem re:publica 12 Vortrag genannt (Präsentation, S. 13), von dem das Video leider noch nicht online ist.: Heute sprach Lost in EUrope Euroblogger Eric Bonse in einer spannenden 1-stündigen Radiosendung beim Deutschlandradio Wissen übers Eurobloggen, Eurojournalismus und europäische Öffentlichkeit. Damit setzen sich die Euroblogger-Wochen […]

The illusion of the EU bubble and the discovery of the EU foam

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Mathew believes in the existence of the EU bubble. For him, EU blogging is just the tiny fraction of overlap between the small world of EU experts and the small world of bloggers. For him, we need to build bridges to escape from the bubble. But all that Mathew needs is to open his eyes. […]

GroenLinks comes out against Democracy

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Yesterday I tweeted this story to Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, who belongs to GL’s centre-left rivals D66, but she didn’t seem interested in exploiting it for electoral gain, so I guess I’m going to have to do it myself. As it turns out, GroenLinks, the Dutch Green Party, thinks it is a good thing […]

Access to documents from the EU Commission after 9 months

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If I will die at the age of 75, I will have waited ~1% of my life for the EU Commission to come up with a decision regarding a 21-page document. I’ve blogged about the story in the past, but here’s a short version of this story supplemented by  how it ended today. At the end […]

Applause from Commissioner Andor for the socialist turn in France

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You will hear a lot of congratulations in the days to come for François Hollande. The first ones have already come in, and among the ones congratulating was the social democrat President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz who wrote in a tweet earlier this evening: “Félicitations à François Hollande! C’est le moment de changer […]

On the road to #rp12: Multilingual EU blogging, translations and the fascination of Presseurop

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The EU-focussed blogosphere is dominated by English language blogs. The search for multilingual EU blogging is cumbersome, even when pan-European political debates take place on issues of common interest. Some of the solutions to overcome these problems are (1) bilingual EU blogs, (2) EU bloggers writing different blogs in different languages, (3) ad hoc cross-blog translation as […]

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