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Europe in Blogs and Social Networks – Further thoughts ahead of the academic workshop #ViaEU

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Hard EU politics – in particular EU law-making – is not made in social media, it is not or almost not influenced by social media communication, but it becomes more accessible through social media as political and institutional activities and conflicts are more frequently visible at the time they occur. That’s the main statement I’ve […]

Europe in Blogs and Social Networks – Some thoughts ahead of an academic workshop

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Next week, invited by @nvondarza, I’ll be speaking about “Europe in Blogs and Social Networks” (PDF, in German) with students of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder – that’s the Frankfurt at the German-Polish border, not the ECB-Frankfurt. There’s much to say on this subject, there has been said much about it recently, and I […]

Life hacking EU websites (2): Finding and linking EU Court judgements [updated]

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UPDATE (14 December 2011): The Court website has a new advanced search now and the links to the results actually lead to the exact documents one wants to link; life hacking is no longer necessary. Very good! Last week I’ve started to show how life hacking of EU websites can make your life easier. The […]

Life hacking EU websites to find relevant information – my #h4t contribution

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Given that from what I see the EU Hackathon this week wasn’t really (meant to be) a contribution to more EU transparency, I thought I’d do a little life hack of EU institutions’ websites as my contribution outside the competition. These examples show how Google or other special searches can make your life much – or at least […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman [updated]

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When I sat on a panel together with the EU Ombudsman in Ireland in February this year discussing legal and practical aspects of the EU access to documents regulation (1049/2001*), I said to Mr Diamandouros (the Ombudsman) that it may well be that I’d have to make use of his office in the course of […]

Consulting the EP intergroup database: MEP Mikolasik and a tweet by Commissioner Sefcovic

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Just saw these tweets by EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic: “Just finished mtg w/MEP M. Mikolasik, co-chair on EP Intergroup on bioethics about his view of recent ECJ ruling on patentability of hESC.” (link) “Picture from mtg w/MEP M. Mikolasik http://pic.twitter.com/TlK5fs8N” (link) The MEP in question is Marek Mikolasik, a Slovak European People’s Party group member […]

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 […]

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