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Polscieu: The end of a journey, the start of a new one

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For the last six years, I’ve been following EU politics and information flows as a blogger, as an academic, and since 2010 also as an activist with Transparency International, first as a volunteer and since 2012 as a full-time employee here in Brussels. Last Wednesday, I finally defended “Information Flows in the Context of EU Policy-Making“, […]

Ex Tunc?

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Verfassungsblog wins the prize for the law geek question of the week/year/decade: Now that the European Court of Justice, in Digital Rights Ireland, has annulled Directive 2006/24, can Sweden get its infringement fine back? After all, in Case c-185/09 (proper judgement in French and Swedish only) the Court found that “by failing to adopt, within […]

PCC: ‘No ruling needed on Daily Mail complaints’

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Ignored by the PCC: My 13 reasons  Tonight the Press Complaints Commission ruled that one complaint it received about the Daily Mail was now ‘resolved’ and so a ruling would not be necessary on the other 82 complaints.  The PCC received at least 83 complaints about the Daily Mail story which falsely claimed  buses and […]

Rethinking British attacks on EU red tape

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In the last 15 months since David Cameron’s speech on Europe, the issue of EU red tape (i.e. EU rules imposing unnecessary costs on businesses) has featured prominently on political and media agendas. Initiatives such as the “Cut EU red tape” report by the Business Taskforce in October 2013,[1] and the ongoing balance of competence […]

REJECTED: 81 complaints against The Daily Mail

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The PCC has rejected 81 complaints against The Daily Mail Note: scroll down for updates – this is a breaking story Over 80 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission against the Daily Mail’s story that incorrectly claimed buses and planes to the UK from Romania and Bulgaria were ‘full-up and sold-out’ have been rejected and […]

Private Use

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Last month, AG Cruz-Villlalon published his opinion in the case about the Dutch thuiskopieerheffing, the levy on writable media for the purposes of compensating copyrights holders for legal and illegal private use copying. While the opinion is probably correct, I think there is something very very wrong with it. (The opinion isn’t currently available in […]

How connected are European climate think tanks?

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There is a growing worldwide network of think tanks and research institutes which aim to provide policy-relevant climate change-related research. For example, the International Center for Climate Governance’s fascinating database of climate change think tanks currently lists 294 organizations who are “…conducting research in the field of climate change economics and policy.” Drawing on this dataset, I wanted to […]

5 years of Bloggingportal.eu: The social impact of a digital platform

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Exactly five years ago, when Bloggingportal.eu went live, I was living in Moldova and working in pre-electoral assistance, looking ahead to return to Germany to start my pre-doctoral research for what would become my thesis on “Information Flows in EU Policy-Making” (more background here). Today I live in Brussels, and I’m just back from a 48h hackathon […]

Daily Mail: Trick or Truth? You Decide

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The Daily Mail last night refused to apologise for their story that claimed buses and planes from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK were full up and sold out, or to agree that their story was inaccurate. The world’s most popular online newspaper had reported that many Romanians and Bulgarians were coming to the UK […]

Buses, planes, Bulgarians, Romanians & The Mail

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On 31 December 2013 the UK’s Daily Mail published a story claiming that buses and planes to the UK from Bulgaria and Romania were sold-out, fully-booked, and single plane tickets were selling for up to £3,000 each. The story carried the bold headline: Sold out! Flights and buses full as Romanians and Bulgarians head for […]

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