The Blogactiv debate is now open! We’ve decided to kick things off with three bite-sized topics – in which we suggest challenges and possible solutions. Have a read, then come back here to post your thoughts.
Almost halftime of the ‘Robert Bosch Journalism Fellowship Program’ for me – a good time to review and let you know how the work as a journalist in the area of Place Schumann and Place Luxembourg, in the triangle of the Commission, the Council and the Parliament looks like.
A few weeks before the Hungarian media storm broke late last year, the BloggingPortal editors were contacted by the (then upcoming) Hungarian Presidency team, seeking ideas for how they could cooperate with the Euroblogosphere. Being a loosely-at-best organised gang of volunteers, it took us a while to respond.
Media freedom, EU media coverage and citizens. These are the issues being discussed by Fondation EurActiv PoliTech as part of its debate on media freedom, social media and the EU. Media freedom is a hot topic in several countries: from the controversy surrounding Hungary’s new media law, to the blocking of websites in Turkey and… » read more
A while ago I posted (Not losing sight of the basics) the idea that EUROPA could suffer if the EU Institution’s limited online communications resources were refocused on social media. While social media offers the EU a great deal, this could be a serious problem, particularly given EUROPA’s importance to any EU social media strategy.
József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010 boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more
For Greece, it all started in late 2009. One bright day around mid-November, the now ruling Socialist government of G. Papandreou decided to take Greece out of the closet and reveal the true size of Greece’s deficit to the world. The funny thing is, back then no one was really shocked. “Greek statistics”, the constant… » read more
Mr Hannan, David Cameron stated that he would be a strong supporter of Turkey’s EU membership within the EU. But he didn’t say anything about Sarkozy’s outrageous stance when he went to Turkey last week.
EPP leaders are doing their bit to help elect Fine Gael! Last week, I moaned a bit about European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso treating Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny to a photo opportunity in Brussels. I wondered if it was a bit paranoid to think that Barroso was heping his EPP buddy out by… » read more
Watching events unfold in Cairo over the last two weeks, towards the dramatic climax of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, has been an exciting and moving experience, reminiscent of those days when we watched the collapse of communism and the spread of democracy across central and eastern Europe 20 years ago. But it presents a formidable challenge… » read more
They bottled it: EU leaders were due to talk about ways to improve Europe’s hotpotch intellectual property regime on Friday but thought better of it. By the time EU leaders had spent hours over lunch talking about the euro (and drafting a weak statement on Egypt) few were in the mood.