June 10, 2007
This week’s Economist has an excellent analysis of think tanks and political debates in Brussels. Its main message: “the level and quality of public debate in the EU capital are depressingly low”. I could not agree more having attended and sometimes moderated lots of the conferences or seminars where these debates should take place.
The article blames funding of the Brussels think tanks by EU institutions and corporate sponsors for the poor quality of debate and also rightly points to the fact that Brussels is a rather closed system where “the same folk must deal with each other for years, haggling their way towards policy deals”. I have once called this the “Brussels incest”, a system where anyone wanting to be influential needs to be loved by the consensus leaders in order to be taken seriously. Anyone daring to ask provocative questions during these conferences immediately risks becoming an “outsider” who […]