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Ready for our EU debate?

Two years and three months after our legendary EU debate in a car between Münster and Louvain-la-Neuve, we are delighted to announce the next round of the fight. This time as an explosive online debate between kosmopolit (in the white corner) and FloNet (in the black corner). The first fight of two rounds will be in German, the rematch in English! So watch this space!

Time: June 25- 26th, 2007

Place: FloNet

Let’s have an argument!

UPDATE 1: Do we need the EU at all? – 1st round now online!

UPDATE 2: Is the EU a ‘superstate in the making’? – 2nd round now online!


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A Satin Pajama Award for Kosmopolit!

The results of the Third Annual Satin Pajama Awards have been announced!

And yes, unbelievable but true: this blog is now officially the Most Underappreciated Weblog in Europe! Thanks a lot for all your votes and the appreciation you have shown for this blog…which obviously means that I cannot run in this category again! I cannot even call it underappreciated anymore… 😉

I also want to thank AFOE for putting together this poll which was indeed a great opportunity to discover a lot of excellent blogs!

Blogroll and new linkroll

Some shameless self promotion: I also started a linkroll (thanks for the idea, Nosemonkey!) which seems to be a quite popular thing to do nowadays. 😉 For the time being I will not comment the links because of a lack of time…and also partly because the linkroll is supposed to remind me of articles I still need to read! But in case you are interested in an updated linkroll full of (hopefully) interesting articles and links you can either check this blog regularly or subscribe to the feed!!

Another “problem” is my growing blogroll. Probably it is time for a new design that makes it more accessible… . Anyway, in case you lost the overview, here are some (relatively) new EU blogs that you should definitely check out:

A Eurpopean View, a new blog written by Yasha who wants “to cast an interesting spotlight on politics, arts and society in Europe and beyond”. Recently, he wrote on the post-electoral situation in France and the dangerous political climate in Poland.

analyzingEU is a new collaborative blog with the aim “to show interesting news and information related to the EU, the Member States and the EU citizens in such a way, as to be understood by anyone without prior education or professional experience about the Union.” Indeed a good aim, so keep up the good work!

Universities and research institutes have also started using blogs as new communication tools. The GMF Blog and the CER Blog have been around for a while. The Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway started blogging on three new blogs: the CGTP Blog, the blog of the Centre for European Politics and a blog about New Political Communication. Recently, the World Security Institute in Brussels launched The WSI Brussels Blog that 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”.

Where are the architects of a new Eco-Europe, asks Willy de Backer in his new EU-CO-Logic blog.

It seems that the EU related blogosphere is getting commercial and professional: EU blogging blog is recruiting an “experienced blogger with an interest in the EU to develop a profitable blogging platform for an established media. Initial capital has been secured.” Could be interesting….BUT: Which ‘established media’ will be involved? And where does the initial capital come from?

Off-topic but very interesting and entertaining. A blog on nonprofit marketing campaigns. Check it out!

Jonathan Newton’s Tales from the European Underbelly has lots of entertaining stuff about the EU and his life in Brussels as a EU accredited journalist. Always a good read!

Not really new but really good: The blogs on Transitions online, especially the nEUrosis (covering EU affairs) and the Steady State (about unresolved conflicts in the post-Soviet space)!

White Bull is a blog about media-coverage of the EU written by Raymond Frenken, a experienced journalist. The first post is already a month old… so I am desperately waiting for the second one!

Transatlantic Politics, the “daily look at the thorns between the USA and the EU”, is written by a bunch of well known journalists, also with very good comments on Eastern Europe and Romania!

bookforum.com (formerly known as Political Theory Daily) is not quite a blog and not new at all, but with a brand new address that even has a feed! So change your bookmarks!

Last but not least: I recommend Public Policy Watch, a blog focusing on political developments in the Republic of Moldova!

Participate in the EU-Africa Summit!

…ok, not physically but virtually (thanks to web 2.0)! During my work on a policy briefing I came across this page. The first impression you get (especially as a wordpress user) is that of another blog, but after a while you realise it: This is an official (online) consultation process initiated by the EU and the AU (African Union) to prepare a joint strategy to be adopted at the second Euro-Africa Summit which will take place in Lisbon at the end of 2007. Interestingly, this official consultation is designed pretty much like a blog, with a wordpress blog design, rss feeds and the possibility to comment on every part of the joint strategy (that includes shared vision, governance issues, key development issues (such as Financial and External debt, Migration, Socio-economic development and Infrastructure), trade & regional integration, peace & security).

So what can we make out of this? Of course this is an excellent idea how to involve a wide range of people and civil society organisations in a process like this. (I wonder if the EU could not introduce this model for the ‘usual’ consultation processes.) No doubt, relations between the EU and Africa need to be strengthened and a shared strategy seems to be a useful thing. But it is also true that the topic is far to broad, a shared vision of Europe and Africa is somewhat very ambitious. The organisers also present a timeline of consultations that will eventually allow people to discuss more detailed topics, so there is something to look forward to.

Nevertheless, this promise has been made:

The European and African experts will meet in an EU-Africa expert meeting on the 19-23 of February, where they will start to discuss the content of the joint strategy. Since we want to ensure an optimal linkage between the public debate and the official negotiation, we will submit the initial comments and ideas presented on the web site to the official negotiators at the end of next week. The same will be done for future official expert meetings (see calendar and timeline of the consultation for details): we will submit each time a short summary of your comments and contributions to the experts

It also remains to be seen how the comments will be used in the EU-AU negotiations and how short these ‘summaries’ will be in the end. I hope the process is that transparent that we eventually see also these summaries. But then again, the consultation does not seem to be very popular: 2060 visitors and only 35 comments during one week (which should not be too difficult to summarise …. unless some more comments are made in the next days and months!!).

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