October 8, 2008
Welcome to the Blogactiv EU Political Blogroll! Our intention is to include the majority of blogs about European affairs and EU politics. The blogs – whether they are for or against the EU – have a role to play in the EU debate and it is our hope that you find useful opinions in this list.
Since the EU political blogosphere is such a diverse and multi-lingual environment, it is very difficult to be certain who else may be blogging. Therefore, if you feel that your blog should be included here, please contact us.
As you will see, we classify the blogs in alphabetical order. We felt that this was the fairest form of listing as we did not wish to discriminate by size, language or political affiliation.
A Fistful of Euros is a multi-user blog platform dedicated to European affairs. It has a multi-user blog dedicated to “important developments from NATO to UEFA, from the EU to Eurovision”.
AriRusila´s BalkanPerspective – a personal perspective on events in western Balkans and Caucasus. Topics of interest: Serbia, Kosovo province, EU enlargement, ESDP, EULEX, UN peacekeeping operations, western Balkans, crisis management, conflict prevention and solutions.
Atelier Europe is a French language collaborative platform dedicated to European affairs created in 2005 by the members of UMP, the main French centre-right political party.
An expatriate view of America and the world from Europe by former diplomat Gerald Loftus, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1979 to 2002 who has worked in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Europe. Avuncular American is mostly concerned with world affairs, especially those involving diplomacy and defense. He is also the author of Errant European here on Blogactiv.
Berlaymonster is written by an EU institution insider who generally adopts an irreverent and humourous tone about EU affairs. The title of this blog relates to the Berlaymont building (often nicknamed “the Berlaymonster” or “the beast”).
A blog about the EU online media landscape with a special interest in their Internet strategies.
Café Babel was created in 2001 by European students to trigger debate about EU issues among young Europeans. As a collaborative European magazine, Café Babel has about 80 active blogs from around 8 countries and also 8 Fora.
A blog about European affairs run by the European Centre for Politics at Royal Holloway with an academic focus on the “study of democracy in Europe” and “Europe as an actor in world politics“.
A blog run by a pro-EU think-tank devoted to “improving the quality of the debate on the European Union“. The authors describe the project as “a forum for people with ideas from Britain and across the continent to discuss the many political, economic and social challenges facing Europe“.
Certain Ideas of Europe is the blog of The Economist dedicated to European affairs. The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd and edited in London. Highly recommended.
Chris Bryant is the British Minister for Europe, based at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. His blog covers his work as Europe Minister, provides a commentary on current European affairs, and features some of the other responsibilities he has at the FCO.
Pras Anand’s “Virtual Environments” research project.
Climate Sustainability PLATFORM is a open forum for climate negotiators, sustainability influencers and people from developed and developing countries across the world. The PLATFORM brings together scientists, NGOs, entrepreneurs, policy makers, politicians, youth, women, men and all stakeholders to hold DIALOGUES and to advocate for a Climate Sustainability AGREEMENT. The PLATFORM is open to all to place their various opinions and demands to be heard. The PLATFORM is moderated by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and Global Sustainability Solutions (GLOSS) with the support of organizations and experts across the world. For further information, please contact the Convener Mr. Uchita de Zoysa at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A French pro-EU blog written by the journalist Daniel Riot. He is also the co-founder of Europe & Us.
A blog irregularly updated on the EU “and assorted interests of the author — a Dutchman enjoying the benefits of European citizenship in Berlin“.
Pro-EU Blog of Dominique Reynié, a professor of politcal sciences at Sciences Po Paris.
“A blog to register Erkan Saka’s fieldwork days for his dissertation thesis project on Turkish journalism and the European Union (EU)“.
The blog Touteleurope.fr, is a web project co-financed by the French government and the European Commission.
A blog about how to succeed in the EU Examinations from the author of the books Succeeding in the EU Oral Examinations and La Voie de la Réussite aux examens oraux de l’Union européenne. As you might imagine, this is a very specialised topic.
The main aim of this blog, available in English and Italian, is to follow the freedom, security and justice area-related policies of the European Union by focusing mainly on issues linked with the European Charter of fundamental rights.
This blog ran by Gwenael Mourey uses RSS feeds to syndicate articles, posts, pictures, etc about the European Union and the 2009 European Elections.
EU Corruption is a critical – but fair – and insightful blog about the failures of the EU.
EU Referendum is a eurosceptic blog meant “to discuss issues related to the UK’s position in Europe and in the world” written by Dr Helen Szamuely – Head of Research at the Bruges Group – and Dr Richard North who works as a political researcher for Westminster MPs.
European Tribune is a “community blog for people interested in matters all across Europe“, from a left-of-center and pro-European-integration perspective.
Regularly updated eurosceptic blog with usually in-depth articles since 2005.
A “link-roll about Europe” by Rafael de Yzaguirre. It takes the form of short news coverage and notifications worth monitoring.
French collaborative Web platform about European affairs initiated by the journalists Christophe Nonnenmacher and Daniel Riot.
A well-known Eurosceptic blog from a UK blogger.
Blog about EU law by Ralf Grahn, lawyer in Helsinki, Finland.
Pro-EU blog of the president of JEF-Europe (Young European Federalists) dedicated to European affairs.
Pro-EU blog of a former president of JEF-Europe (Young European Federalists) dedicated to EU politics. Firmly pro-Europe, Jon Worth is also a member of the Labour Party.
Julien Frisch – “Watching Europe is a pro-European blog focussing on European politics without limiting itself to European Union matters“. Julien is generally favourable of greater political unity within Europe, but sees the European Union as just one possible way of achieving it.
Kosmopolit is a blog covering EU affairs focusing on topics related to politics, culture, Eastern Europe and international politics.
Collaborative blog from the College of Europe that aims to demystify Europe and dispell inaccurate facts.
A famous blog about European and Belgian affairs by the journalists from the French left-wing newspaper, Libération.
A French pro-EU blog irregularly updated by a Doctor in political sciences.
Les Euros du Village is a collaborative web project launched on the 1st June 2005 by Mathieu Collet – currently the head of the eponym association (ASBL) – with the goal to “strive towards the establishment of both an information platform and a location where one can gather relevant ideas and opinions on European stakes and policies”.
The blog of the Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for Communications. The most updated and popular blog by a European Commissioner. Highly recommended.
Regularly updated blog of the BBC Europe correspondent, Mark Mardell. Highly recommended.
A blog focusing on European affairs and international relations by “a former eurosceptic turned pro-EU with no party affiliations whatsoever“.
Pro-EU blog from a former active member of the Young European Federalists.
Daily EU political coverage from a eurosceptic think tank.
Social platform launched by the Party of the European Socialists to run an open consultation about it’s manifesto for the 2009 European elections. According to the website, this experiment was a big success with more than “300,000 visitors, 500 posts, 100 videos, 1,350 members in our Facebook group, more than 60 written contributions from PES member parties, NGOs, Foundations and activists. Moreover, 3,000 activists joined us during the process“.
Poland in the EU is a Polish perspective on the EU and NATO. Written by Brussels correspondent Dominika Pszczolkowska the blog is published by the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
Public Affairs 2.0 is a blog dedicated to the use of the “digital in the world of politics, public affairs and communications” written by the public affairs team of Fleishman-Hillard in Brussels.
A pro-EU blog from a German blogger that is written in English.
A Dutch blog platform focusing on Belgian (Flemish) news and occasionaly on European news.
This is the “blog version” of SHIFT Mag – Europe talks to Brussels, an online collaborative publication about Europe.
Social Europe blog is the blog of Social Europe Journal set up as “a place for discussions about politics in Europe and beyond“.
The Brussels Journal is a conservative blog founded by the Flemish journalist Paul Beliën. The blog has received heavy criticism for its racist and xenophobic stance.
Eurosceptic blog from a libertarian and former UKIP supporter.
Pro-EU blog created by a member of the Federal Union.
Blog of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former President of the French Republic from 1974 until 1981 and author of the failed EU constitution.
A pro-EU blog providing “unexpected and original insights into the European Union and European politics“.
The World Security Institute Brussels Blog aims “to inform, stimulate, and shape the debate around the security and defence dilemmas facing Europe and the world, with a view to formulating effective and lasting solutions“.