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Understanding the “cash divide”: How the Commission allocates Structural Funds

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Using a dataset of EU Structural Funds spending between 2000-2006, Lisa Maria Dellmuth in “The cash divide: the allocation of European Union regional grants“* looks at factors explaining why the European Commission and EU member states gave more of this money to some regions of the “old” EU member states (EU-15) rather than to others. […]

A Union of Choice: Why the Greek referendum opens our eyes

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The Greek referendum is an eye-opener for all of us, no matter if it will happen as announced yesterday by Greece’s prime minister Papandreou or not. It is an eye-opener because it suddenly makes visible the complexity of issues that are intertwined in what is a set of local, national, regional, European and global crises. […]

Translating the Barroso/van Rompuy letter to the G20

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EU Commission president Barroso and European Council President van Rompuy have written a letter to the G20 (pdf). Here is my translation “EU speak to human language” to show what they actually mean: The decisions we have taken in our G20 Summits to date have been crucial in steering us through the global financial and economic […]

The 26-27 October 2011: The night of the tweeting journalists

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Let’s say this summit to save Greece and the Eurozone will have ended kind of late, late in the night. But those who were following these “events” won’t forget those brave women and men tweeting live from the European Council and Eurozone Summit of 26 & 27 October 2011. Those heroes, those eurojournos, tweeting while […]

Making use of #opendata: EP Intergroups and the network of UK MEPs [2x updated]

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Two weeks ago, I have blogged about European Parliament intergroups – 28 groups on various subjects which EP members can join to support a cause or to focus on special issues. As the data is not easily accessible and usable, I have produce an open data set with a list of all EP intergroups and […]

The night before the European Council: Merkel takes some drinks

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The night before the European Council on 23 October 2011, the two French journalists Jean Quatremer and Arnaud Leparmentier have dinner in the hotel Amigo where also the French and the Germans are lodged. “Diner ce soir à l’hôtel Amigo avec @ArLeparmentier où résident les délégations françaises et allemandes #euro” (Jean Quatremer) Merkel and Sarkozy return late, […]

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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 […]

How the press services of EU Parliament and Commission see each other

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“All the EP press officers considered their services to be of better quality than those of the Commission, which dovetails with the insights provided by the journalists. Nonetheless, the fact that several officials from the EC shared this assumption was a somewhat striking result. […] Between the lines […], one might read the Commissions’ staff dissatisfaction with the strictness […]

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 […]

Which civil society organisation received most EU Commission funding 2003-2007?

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“The primary findings are that EU-level groups, groups that promote a European identity and groups based in western Europe receive stronger support from the Commission.“ These findings are presented by Christina Mahoney and Michael J. Beckstrand in their newly published article “Following the Money: European Union Funding of Civil Society Organizations“*. In their research, they use a […]

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