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The process of EU enlargement took a major blow when it became apparent that once in the union, countries...

Smart Meters to fight climate change

  No more meter readers... Loads of initiatives are being taken by European Union member states to fight...

The quest for the Bulgarian Commissioner

As I have already written, the speculations about the figure of the Bulgarian representative of the 2009-2014...

Keep in touch with contributior and journalist David Christopher

If you want to keep in touch with journalist David Christopher you can do so here: David Christopher...

See Inflation With Your Own Eyes

Preparing my favorite cooked breakfast of bacon & eggs with fried tomatoes and baked beans on toast...

EU’s visa-freedom dividing Balkans

The “European perspective” is key concept for integrating western Balkans into EU. The main carrot...

Markets Show an Easing of Banks’ Stress in the Eurozone

ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet was quite complacent at the last council meeting. And for the first...

Srebrenica again - Hoax or Massacre?

The “Srebrenica massacre” is the greatest triumph of  propaganda to emerge from the Balkan...

And the new president of the European Parliament is… the one Hristo announced on Th!nk 3 months ago

So Jerzy Buzek was elected without any problems as the new president of the European Parliament. Of course,...

European Credit Rankings - No Uptrend Anywhere

Catch this graph of brand new credit rankings by European credit insurer Coface: Stable at lower levels...

IRAN – revolution postponed

Revolution in Iran seems to happen only in western dreams and media. Protests took place only in Tehran...

Lisbon2 in the Starting Blocks

Image via Wikipedia Today the Irish Government publishes the Twenty Ninth Amendment to the Constitution...

What next?

So the applications for the second round of Th!nk is open and this blog is being kept open too. The question...

Libertas R.I.P., but who called the tune?

I am not one to dance on other people’s graves, but the collapse of Libertas post the European...

Iran - no Revolution but potential for Change anyway

In my previous article “Iran-Twitter-Revolution”    I had some doubts that revolution is coming...

One Eurozone But Many Sets of Growth and Price/Inflation Data

Preparing this rant about the widening milkyway between Eurozone economic growth and Euro production...

Letter to the Editor of the Irish Independent: Changing hearts and minds

EU participation an ongoing evolution - Letters, Opinion - Independent.ie Thursday June 25 2009 About...

ECB Shells Out €1,437 Per Eurozone Citizen to Banks

If your small-time loan you need for your kid’s bracelets is denied by your bank’s customer...

A Sustainable Food Industry for Europe

Jon Worth is a long time blogger and commentator on European politics I respect greatly. I have interviewed...

Blogging the European Elections and the next Commission

Cross-posted from the European Tribune. A conference to mark the end of the Th!nkaboutit blogging competition...

Improving voter turnout in the European Elections

Much has been made of the declining trend in voter turnout by Eurosceptics such as Eamonn Fitzgerald...

The results of the Bulgarian EP elections

The official results of the European elections have been finally announced. As for a Balkan country...

The after feeling… or how I didn’t go to vote this year

The European Elections are over. Four months of blogging, of looking forward, of Thinking About It. ...

Ireland European Election results unspun [Updated]

I’m out of Ireland at the moment and really missing the election buzz.  I’m a real junkey...

Latvia`s EP election observations

EP elections in Latvia have passed silently. The most attention was taken by local municipal elections...

Some trivia over EP election in Finland

From Finland came 13 MEPs, 3 Conservatives, 3 from Center party, 2 Social democrats, 2 greens, and one...

European Elections are over!

European Elections are over! Bump! An event we were looking forward to for four month. Now it is over...

BNP wins a seat in the North West

Well, it’s 2:15 am in the UK as I’m writing this, and the results for my region are in. I try to...

Europe just had a relaxed weekend at Berlusconi’s villa…politically naked and exposed!!!

Reply to George Iulian JIGLAU latest post: (Arguments in defense of the many who will not vote in these...

Swine flu grips Westminster

A terrible fever has gripped Westminster, the fever of too many snouts in the trough, leading to resignations...

Ok then, DON’T VOTE, LET THE DARK FORCES OF EUROPE PREVAIL!

Reply to George Iulian JIGLAU latest post: Democracy is not based on informed or not informed citizens....

Expensive talking barrack

After 4 months of following European news more closely my image of Europe has changed but I’m still...

Abstention shocks Cyprus

The six MEPs from Cyprus. From left to right: Kyriakos Triantafillides (left-reelected), Antigoni Papadopoulou...

Emine Gyulestan: “The Western Balkans and Turkey should join the EU when they meet the Copenhagen criteria”

Emine Gyulestan was born in 1986 in Momtchilgrad, Bulgaria. She holds a Bachelor degree in Balkan studies...

What do the Belgian politicians want for and from Europe

At the end of April I began my quest. My aim was to interview all the persons who were heading the list...

Arguments in defense of the many who will not vote in these elections

Tomorrow I’m supposed to go and vote. And I will vote, but my approach to this vote will be very...

Will EP elections bring a Hamas phenomenon inside EU?

EU is the largest single market in the world and the biggest donor in humanitarian aid, providing 56...

“The Lisbon treaty would give Brussels more control over Bulgaria’s unconsolidated democracy” says Boris Stanimirov of the Blue coalition

Boris Stanimirov was born in 1976 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He holds a Bachelor degree in molecular biology...

Dear Europeans, here are the results of the elections in Romania

2 days to go until the Euro-elections in Romania and, based on the latest opinion polls and on the electoral...

Reading and misreading the numbers

I don’t want to be a bore about voter turnout (it did, at least, generate a bit of a debate here),...

Facts for EP elections in Cyprus

The pre-election period in Cyprus in view of the European elections, to take place on June 6 on the island,...

The European Arrest Warrant. Goodbye habeas corpus and Magna Carta?

“We hadn’t even heard of the European Arrest Warrant,” Frank Symeou says despondently....

Question Time - Live Blog

Question Time is the BBC’s flagship political programme, a weekly event where the general public...

Candidates not party leaders should be leading Greece to the polls

There are only 48 hours left until the Greek public cast their vote in the European Parliament elections....

Balkans: Stop Mastermind – give Change to Locals

In March, Mrs. Clinton – FM/USA - commented in Brussels that the Obama administration was “determined...

Thursday 4th June: Voting in the European Elections in Yorkshire, UK

I just voted in UK. Remarks / differences with the Greek electoral procedures: 1) They didn’t ask...

last, but not least

The campaign for the elections has taken part during the last months. We all know that, it is not just...

EPP to be the largest party?? Barroso to stay?

So Predict09 have their final prediction up. They have the European Groupings as follows: EPP: 262 seats PES:...

Farage steps in and demands resignation of elections minister

From the off, apologies for the apparent UKIP obsession. It’s just that apart from Labour in freefall...

I will be so bored next week.

The last few weeks have been really hectic with the run up to the Elections here in Ireland tomorrow....

End Th!nking

Photo by mooste: I voted with a pencil for the first time in my life! I voted! Therefore I’m done....

When not voting doesn’t mean NO.

Euro-sceptics love to point to declining voter turnouts in European Elections as evidence of the undemocratic...

Is this THE WAY? or A little insight into Slovak politics

How it all started I was sitting on a train, my eyes wandering around, when a sight of an aisle poster...

Sectarianism reigns supreme in Northern Ireland?

Gerry Adams MP MLA and Bairbre De Bruin MEP Sinn Fein I am not a native nor an expert on Northern Ireland...

63, 46, 39, 32?

Back in 1979, the year Iran became an Islamic Republic by a 98 percent vote; there was a 63 percent turnout...

UKIP says they’re not on ballot papers - and might challenge result

Polling stations have only been open for a couple of hours and UKIP are already crying foul. Following...

European Parliament on Twitter

European Parliament has distributed a press release, saying that it’s possible to follow the EP...

European Elections 2009: A walk in the park

Campaigning season in the Netherlands is almost over; tomorrow, according to the polls between 40% and...

Audio: A taste of the campaign in Britain

Listen to the report: Gabriele Discepoli followed the UK Conservative party, the Labour party and the...

Audio: UKIP, BNP and Greens to benefit from British protest vote

Listen to the report by Gabriele Discepoli. With interviews to Gerard Batten (UKIP MEP) and Shahrar...

Dear fellow citizens…

After all the efforts and all the media coverage (short in duration yet surprisingly thorough in my opinion),...

Immigration: a national or European perspective for the media?

In October of last year, under the French presidency, EU heads of state endorsed the European Pact on...

“Vote or let someone else decide for you”

Welcome to the 6th JMECE Lab Newsletter : Euroelections “Vote or let someone else decide for you”.   The...

A case against EU apathy

The union is bloated and stale.  It’s bureaucratic beyond comprehension.  The press, let alone...

What Future for the EU Blogosphere?

When I’m not saying stupid things publicly in blogs about the European Union, I am a postgraduate...

“Turkey should never join the EU” - how the Bulgarian nationalists motivate their view

Nikola Rachev was born on Sept. 19, 1983 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He studies medicine at the Medical university...

2009 Euro-elections: The importance of voting

Terry meets Dr. Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber… All the materials are part of...

European Parliament forgot that Le Pen is not the Oldest Candidate

One of my first blogs was related to my visit of one of the regional primary schools, and in the end...

The final conclusion: neverending story of racism and hope

Finally, in the last days before the elections, some conclusions can be made, and our candidates did...

The real face of the BNP

The mask slips in this video of Marlene Guest - fascist, holocaust denier and BNP candidate. Continuing...

The ballot box, the bottle or the beach?

In the real world yesterday, Bloomberg was headlining: “Europe Unemployment Rate Rises to Highest...

Are you voting Party or Candidate?

There is one dilemma while voting EU elections in Finland. You draw the number of candidate to election...

How the Thinkaboutit.eu platform brought us together on the eve of the Euroelections!

With the Th!nker Christina Michael Conference on the future of EU democracy held in Leeds, UK on Friday,...

‘A stronger Flanders in a stronger Europe’

When I interviewed N-VA president Bart De Wever for a totally different project I asked him why he chose...

British student to take European extradition battle to House of Lords

In an article this week, the Independent set out how to “make the EU work for us, not the other...

Mark Mardell slammed by UKIP leader for “worst piece of radio journalism I’ve ever heard”

“They thought their election heralded a revolution - but what have they achieved?” In the...

EU-rap: “EU-EU what you gonna do?” Making EU Politics/Elections More Amusing!!!

Hope you like the EU song we produced on the eve of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament in...

Still Unconvinced

antyx@flickr I got an email the other day from a German university student - apparently he’s preparing...

The EU Elections are Something to Celebrate – Even if You Hate The EU

I’ve now organised a party to celebrate the EU elections with some friends on June 6th. Is that...

Who am I actually voting for?

Election-time is almost here and most people have probably narrowed their options down to one or two...

Only the nationalists care about European issues

The campaign for the European elections in Bulgaria has been quite apathetic so far. The campaigning...

Promoting elections in the Netherlands

Only in the last few days I have started to notice some promotional activities going on here in the Netherlands....

Votes for Sale in EP election?

A common utterance “money talks” is sometimes used also related to elections. One could suppose that...

Twelve Terrible Candidates…

…according to the Party of European Socialists. 

EP Elections - final step to new Lithuania

Even though this year our country is celebrating the Millenium of the Name of Lithuania, we still are...

Typical vs. glamorous candidates

In my previous post I was interviewing young Latvian EP candidates and asking their motivations for candidating....

Czech Republic: 22 chairs, 33 ballots

Next week is the week of decision. I’m still not sure who to choose…

Fewer Danish correspondents in Bruxelles

As EU legislation affects peoples lives in Denmark and other EU countries more and more, the Danish media...

Six days before my Day D

In Czech republic the European elections  will be 5.-6. June.  For me it’s Day D (probably ...

Europhobes and Europhiles: a new type of info-war in Plato’s cave

How to sell the idea of the European Union and the Euro elections? Propaganda, PR, Communications Policy….you...

Brussels, Lourdes, or Vatican City?

Slovaks who enjoy travelling and getting to places not accessible to anyone are surely very grateful...

Signing On and Sodding Off

If one can say anything about the European elections as far as Britain is concerned, it is that, like...

What happens to Thinkaboutit after the EP elections?

A lot of us, including especially the staff of the EJC, have put a lot of work into building a community...

Nine months thinking about it

Nine months ago, during the third week of september, I landed in Vienna to take part on a conference...

One strange story behind europarl politics

Few days till elections, I have come across one strange story behind parliamentary politics. The basic...

EU’s Kosovo mission widening - Minority situation worsening

The new report made by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) gives a bare picture about worsening...

A historic realignment?

The Irish Times has just produced a new poll directly comparable to the one I analysed two weeks ago...

Votematch

The English comedian/author/tv host/commentator Stephen Fry launched the webpage www.votematch.co.uk...

For more Europe in the Media NOW!

Only 9 days to go until polling places close in Germany. However, the media does not contribute to push...

A Joint Party to Celebrate the Elections? 6 Days to Go!

One week is not a lot of time to organise a group effort. Ideally, it takes time to plan and arrange...

Don’t dial a cliché

Lazy, old, male candidates, far away in Brussels - these are familiar sounds when talking about the European...

Why vote in European elections when the campaign has nothing to do with Europe?

Here’s a question that troubles the minds of Romanians (at least of those that know what the EU...

EU Parliament and Voter Apathy

  After having visited the European Commission and the Council, yesterday we passed through the doors...

Countdown to the EU Elections – 1 Week to Go!

And just like that, the elections are upon us. One week from now, people in the UK and Holland will finally...

One million strong for [insert cause here]

The Facebook page for fans of “ not being on fire” has almost a million members. This is not because...

Under construction

«To each epoch, its art. To art, its freedom.» Victor Horta The loudest sound in Brussels is not...

One man’s fight for the EP elections… or make that a thousand

Blogging about the EU seems to be like being the only one with a costume on a costume party - everyone...

Software becomes an election European issue

Free and open source software advocates are attempting to use next week’s European elections to...

Broadcast Bingo 2: Labour Party Election Broadcast, complete with unsurprisingly bad music

The second in my series on the UK’s party election broadcasts in anticipation of the European election....

The Elections Just Got Personal

So with just a week and a bit to election day here in Ireland, the elections have taken on a new importance...

Voted already!

Today I voted in advance for European Parliament elections as during election Day I will enjoy my life...

The European Elections In Ireland - It’s Labour’s to loose?

I’ve been looking at Predict09′s latest predictions and from looking at the headline figures from...

Letter to (future) MEP’s

I created this video, because I’m disappointed with the content of the Dutch European campaigns....

First NATO impressions

    After the few remaining passengers got off the local bus, the driver shut off his engine. The...

Is it The Sun Wot’ll Win It?

Fits in nicely with our light bulb theme... ... and led them to claim the credit Whenever I have any...

Free-range blogging (the Canadian edition)

After a whirlwind day of criss-crossing the city, meeting loads of high-ranking officials, and consuming...

Journalists and the EU

  I had forgotten how narrow streets are in Europe. The taxi driver skillfully made his way between...

The Canadian’s Guide to the European Union

For most Canadians, the European Union is just that thing, over there, that does stuff relating to Europe....

Discovering the EP with Europarltv videos

While European Parliament elections soon are coming I was curious to see how EU propaganda machinery...

Libertas Netherlands on Torture - part two

Normally, it would be against my blogging instinct to refrain from using images, audio or video. But...

Libertas Netherlands on Torture - part one

A week or so ago, Eline van den Broek (sorry, just Dutch), the number one candidate for Libertas Netherlands,...

“People at number one”

Photo received from the Cabinet of Van Brempt “People at number one” is the slogan of sp.a, the Flemish...

Demonstrating: The milky way

This was the scene just outside the Council of the European Union in Brussels today, as dairy farmers...

Candy, accession treaty, minibook, and forget-me-not seeds

Today’s the day. The day I received my first promotional plastic bag from a political party standing...

EP elections in Cyprus: A battle between right and left

Three surveys during last weekend show similar trends regarding the outcome of the EP elections in Cyprus,...

“Female Candidates can be Elected with Preferential Vote,” Mojca Kleva, the candidate for MEP

Mojca Kleva belongs to young generation of the candidates for MEP and already has a rich political career....

Canada - EU Trade Relationship: Present Challenges

Europe’s present trade policy is facing the challenges of a wider approach to economic reform, as in...

Is that your MEP?

A couple of days ago the Bulgarian ComDos (which is actually a short name of the Committee for disclosure...

To Sum Up: We will do More for Everyone. From Slovenia with Pair of Gloves!

Catchy slogans present another aspect of political campaigning with which political parties address their...

Broadcast Bingo 1: Conservative Party Election Broadcast, complete with sickening child and Geri Halliwell

For most people, May is the month of bank holidays and occasional bouts of sunshine. For those unfortunate...

Turnout

After the introduction of the elections for the European Parliament in 1979 the turnout at European Elections...

“It Doesn’t Matter Where I Come from and How I Look Like, rather Ask me What I can Offer to You”

With these words presented himself the candidate of the Youth Party of Slovenia, Idris Fadul in the Slovenian...

Is it Time to Bury Nabucco?

Latest developments during last weeks related the EU’s policy of diversifying Europes’s energy supplies...

Y VOTE BOLTON! :)

This morning - hurray - I finally got some party campaign leaflets through my door!!! I laughed quietly...

Institutionalised Child Abuse in Ireland

So what has child abuse got to do with the Euro-elections? Well it’s going to become a major...

BNP voters don’t exist. No, really

Sorry, I know I’ve been blogging a lot about the BNP, but this is a corker. The BNP has been distributing...

UKIP-ocrisy? Or hypocrisy all round?

All of Westminster’s dirty secrets are continuing to flood out. The penny has most certainly droppped...

Owning Europe

It has been interesting to follow what is happening in Finland before the elections. The media seems...

MEPs and the Web 2.0

We are far away from an internet campaign for the European Elections like the Obama initiated for the...

Bulgarian EP election campaigns explode in Internet

In the last few weeks we can see something amazing going on in the Bulgarian web - all parties, big and...

Roche lambasts Krugman, Klaus and Ganley.

http://www.vimeo.com/4742916 I had a 50 minute on camera conversation with Dick Roche, the Irish minister...

Why cover EU politics when you can smear it?

British broadsheets consider Europe to be of such importance that leader articles on the subject are...

This is how the campaign for European elections looks like in the newest EU member

We’re now over 10 days into the elections for the European campaign and I’m sorry to say...

Margot Wallström Guest blog post

Thanks for asking me to be a guest.  I find the discussions here interesting and the project itself...

Political heavyweights or dying elephants?

In his latest blog Hristo notes the fact that in Bulgaria some political heavyweights have entered the...

Latvia`s EP candidates` promises

I just got introduced with all the parties programs which are registered for upcoming EP elections in...

If Eurovision took over the EU …

Photo: Eurovision.tv Fraser Nelson on the Spectator’s Coffee House blog offers an interesting thought....

Only Rookies Have No Plan “B”

As I read more and more about EU politics thanks to this blogging initiative, which provides me with...

Domestic heavyweights enter election battle

The deadline for registering party lists for the European elections in Bulgaria passed this Friday (May...

Relaunch border controls to show people the significance of the EU?

How to reach young voters? The answer is: Visiting a European University! Two MEPs Ria Oomen-Ruijten...

Data, Data, Data!

As readers of my series on the US elections will hopefully recall, I try to do my political analysis...

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy - And What Happened to Common Sense?

Monitoring financial and political news has become a very depressing task recently. While the USA enjoyed...

My Favourite EU Election Video

The Austrian Trade Union Congress (ÖGB) rediscovers class warfare in its new EU election video. Click...

Euro elections. What Euro elections?

… And if anyone needed any proof of how the already marginalised European elections are being...

There’s nothing British about the BNP

As far as I’m concerned, it’s pretty difficult to underestimate how awful it would be for...

EU’s big choice – Nabucco or South Stream?

Despite the efforts to save energy a strong scenario for near future is that the quantity of gas needed...

Even the swine flu has it, yet the elections not…

No, this is not a beginning of a silly joke (if I wanted to say a silly joke, I would choose the one...

“International Virus” of Europe

Ska Keller is 27 years old and goes for the Greens in the European Parliaments. Why do you candidate...

Expenses scandal - how differently European countries view politics

Photo: flickr It’s been the biggest story in the UK for a week now, but what are they making of...

Democracy - Instruction Manual

Bhadaru (127) walked 4km to vote in Himachal Pradesh As the expat community in Luxembourg (and not only)...

Planning an interview with Dick Roche

Dick Roche is the Minister for European Affairs and a member of Fianna Fail, the main Governing party...

Your EU Government At Work

If you’re out on the streets these days, campaigning for the EU elections, or just convincing your...

Libertas branch in Bulgaria denied EP election registration

Coalition “Libertas-free citizens” have been denied registration for the European Parliament...

Expenses. MEPs, surely it’s your turn next….

Photo: Flickr The parliamentary expenses scandal in Britain has shaken our parliament to its foundations. The...

Don’t vote Tory in European elections - says former Tory chairman

Photo: Conservative Home I mentioned the expenses saga in my last post. It looked pretty awful for Labour...

Voting is for everyone - videoclips

I’m not sure if somebody has already posted the information about the official videos of the European Parliament...

Need accurate information about the MEP’s that are asking for your vote again? Check out www.votewatch.eu

The beginning of this week brought the launching of VoteWatch, a new website aimed at reflecting accurately...

The Lazy Person’s Vote

I’ve been th!nking about the democratic deficit that we’ve all talked about so much. Sure,...

Sometimes it’s almost as if Europe really exists (at least for me).- Part II

A while ago I have already blogged about the sudden wave of interest of the Dutch media in the elections....

About a dog, a man, and a woman that will probably not help.

Etan already wrote about the, well, interesting viral videos that were spread to encourage people to...

Euro Wahl Gangsters

It’s the final countdown. Only 26 days until we have to vote, but except some election posters and...

Libertas: 300 candidates, 24 countries, 0 MEPs?

This was originally posted on stephenspillane.com I blogged recently about Predict 09’s Irish Predictions,...

Wahlkabine: A Decision Help for Austrian (and Other) EU voters

Do you have the same problem in deciding who you will cast your vote for in the EU parliamentary elections?...

Could the Elections finish Cowen?

Image via Wikipedia Ethan’s post about the fact that the European Election could be another...

Vote for an MEP? Yes, but let’s go to the pub first!

Question: “Can you name the document that replaced the E111 health form in 2006?” Answer:...

‘Euro realism’

‘Euro realism’ is the slogan of LDD or Lijst Dedecker, a right liberal Flemish party. It’s a relatively...

Breaking news: a leading Bulgarian right wing party may not take part in the EP elections

The right wing parties in Bulgaria are far from being united. I talked about four of them in an earlier...

Bologna Process & Globalisation

Evelyne Gebhardt goes for the social democratic party in the European Elections. What she experienced...

“Euro elections could finish Gordon Brown”

Bye bye Brown? I think it’s fair to say that if nothing else, my fellow British bloggers and I...

A divided city celebrates Europe Day

Cyprus celebrated on Saturday Europe Day, the Unity of Europe, but its capital, Nicosia, is the last...

Europe Day Finnish way

Due the election year Europe Day’s main event in Helsinki, Finland, got quite high level speakers....

‘Europe, let the people decide’

‘Europe let the people decide’ is the European slogan of the right winged Flemish party Vlaams Belang....

‘Because it’s time to change Europe’

‘Because it’s time to change Europe’ that is the European slogan of the PS. The Parti Socialiste...

Interview with Raymond O’Malley, Libertas candidate for the Ireland East Constituency

I got my first canvassing phone call for the European Elections today and spoke to the canvasser, who...

By voting we show the parliament our interest

Susi Maurer from Karlsruhe is twenty years old and studies political science. She will take part in the...

Vote rigging: the Bulgarian know-how

“Exitus acta probat” - Roman proverb Ancient Rome and present-day Bulgarian politics have...

5 reasons not to vote - courtesy of the Economist

Illustration by Peter Schrank, from economist.com In an article published yesterday, the Economist gives...

EU news and European blogging: Between domination and ignorance

I usually don’t write about Europe-related things that make it on the first pages of newspapers...

“Did you know the electoral campaign for the European Parliament has started?”

The electoral campaign for the European elections taking place on June 7th in Romania has officially...

Young and New Media Conference: Commission has closed itself from journalists

The EuropocketTV organised conference in Pablo de Vallbona (Valencia) opened this morning with a critical...

The EU. I just don’t get the joke.

I think we all accept that however important one deems the European elections to be, they’re still...

European Youth and Mobility… or busy MEP’s on vote mission.

I didn’t even get close to them. They ran away as soon as I took my voicerecorder and paper with...

Check out www.euprofiler.com

Just a quick note to let you know that there is a new website aimed at helping voters position themselves...

A visible opposition in the European Parliament

One might be as europhile as I am (and just a little remark: I still would not call myself “EUrophile”...

The eurosceptics are listening

Is there anybody out there? Apparently, yes. I wrote a post this morning on research that shows that...

Don’t risk in occupied Cyprus, EU Court says

Landmark court ruling means Britons could be forced to abolish homes in Cyprus  Thousands of property...

Swine Flu as Cover Up of Real Problems

Lunatic risk assessment can seriously damage your health (and economy, and freedom). Swine flu...

British interest in EU hits 20 year low. Will turnout go the same way?

The above graph is from Ipsos MORI. We’re just a matter of weeks away from polling day, and the...

Eurocampaign is 3D or Tell it with a chicken!

3D: Dynamic, diverse, and dramatic. Or rather dull, dying, and dreadful? No, I’m not going to talk...

PN/EPP - The Cut & Paste Way

It started with a plagiarised electoral slogan but now the plagiarism trend is assuming monumental proportions...

Where should I be on election day?

I chose to write a rather heavy post the first day of my guest blogging, as food for thought and discussions...

Candidates in the Mist

Fausto calls any reasoning that renders his championing of the Nationalists uncomfortable “convoluted”...

Think Big, vote green! Round 2

I started my series of interviews with Bart Staes of Groen!, the Flemish green party. Now, it’s time...

The Electoral Commission give us one reason not to vote in the European Election: pain

Thought it only appropriate to share this great bit of British advertising. If this doesn’t get...

Why there are no true Europe-wide election campaigns - and why I am I a little bit disappointed with TH!NK09

Hey, European bloggers and European readers! I’ve been asked by the organisers to guest blog on...

Promises of the Catchfools

Last Tuesday Latvian news portal Apollo launched a new competition, called “Promises of the Catchfools”....

41 MEP hopefuls in Cyprus

Until today Cypriot voters were presented with 41 candidates for the 6 positions for MEPs from Cyprus. The...

British euroscepticism - Don’t shoot the messenger

Just 22 per cent of Britons intend to vote in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections. Thirty...

Pygmy Elephant’s Round Up

The Dwarf Elephant at Ghar Dalam Museum, Malta The best time for a round-up on the goings on in an electoral...

Why we need an inversion of th!nking about the EU

In his TED talk, Dan Dennett speaks about the strange inversion of reasoning which allowed for the idea...

There are no Obvious Links with pan-European Campaigning

I already reported about main candidate lists for the EP and now, as Nikola suggested, is time to see...

“Home made” campaign material on the eve of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament: feel free to distribute among peers online!

“Home made” campaign material on the eve of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament: feel free...

Dare to change

“Dare to chance to an ambitious Europe, now more than ever.” that is the European slogan...

Will the new member states miss the opportunity?

The 2004 European elections were marked by a particularly low turnout. Reasons for abstention may differ...

What in Europe happens is important

A second opinion why the European Elections are important. Luisa is studying in Bremen arts and culture....

Why Giulietto Chiesa is candidating from Latvia?

Giulietto Chiesa Ok, as I was writing in my previous post, I wanted to investigate why current Italian...

Lech Walesa to speak at Libertas’ convention in Rome

Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa will address over 1,000 delegates from across Europe at the Libertas...

UN death camps, EU money, local negligence

I was just watching a film“UN death camps in Kosovo April 2009” about protest which was hold by...

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match

I feel like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Except I’m not tapping away at a shiny Mac (it’s...

Most Danes don´t know about the elections

Only 16 pct. of the Danes are aware that there is an EU election this year according to a recent Eurobarometer...

Only prime minister gives EP power

The power of the European parliament is limited. The more influence the EU gets, the more important it...

Europicnic

The elections to European Parliament are approaching, and some steps have already been made in order...

The politics of distraction

Today a Government think tank has issued a report forecasting that Irish GDP will decline by 9% in 2009...

Making the European elections truly European - a few proposals

Due to several time constraints, I was unable to write several posts regarding my ideas about the implementation...

‘There’s a first time for everything’ - My first EP elections!

‘There’s a first time for everything’, - wrote Allen Hamilton 200 hundred years ago....

Give me 10 minutes: My speed research about German web campaigning

A few weeks ago strange posters appeared in the streets of Berlin: a grinning shark – and next to it...

Economic Crisis or BBQ fever…

In Spain the unemployment has reached 17%. In Germany the economy will shrink by some 6% in 2009 while...

Danish MEP-candidates on Twitter

There’s not much discussion about the coming European Parliament-election in Denmark, right now....

Expat voting and why I am still a foreigner in European elections

For anyone interested in the voting procedure for the European elections when you live abroad, read...

The Invisible MEP

Czech Republic has 24 members of the European Parliament. I can name only a few of them. They almost...

European Election as check ability before national election

Disclaimer: Everything below is only my personal point of view thanks to blogging platform In my opinion,...

Born-and-Bred Frenchman as teacher

In the following weeks, I will introduce young, old, eurosceptic and enthusiastic Europeans and state...

When you were YOUNG….

Inspired by Anitas Kalmane’s post about Latvian candidates (thank you, Anita) I came up with an idea...

All or nothing or How to catch the last train to power

A few days ago the representatives of one of the governing Bulgarian parties NDSV announced the choice...

George JIGLAU, Ari RUSILA, Mats SIFFELS, George GEORGOUDIS and me quoted by the second best-selling quality newspaper in Greece

“Eleftherotypia” the second best-selling quality newspaper in Greece dedicated a page on the Thinkaboutit.eu...

Think Big, Vote Green!

I chose for my last series of posts a format where I hope to be able to draw some conclusions out for...

Cypriots most educated in EU?

Cypriots most educated in EU? According to EUROSTAT  47% of Cypriots aged 25-34 are university graduates...

Simon Says - Voting Rights for Immigrants

I know, I know: he is a prolific writer and J’accuse tends to prioritise English speaking press...

Together… against the current

Crisis? What crisis? (click to enlarge) (Together … against the current). The PN [1]  mean machine...

Libertas bubble bursts?

Libertas has suffered a triple whammy to its credibility as a force in Irish, never mind European politics,...

Killer in the EP? Why not?

Let’s face it, we always talk like people in government are like one big mafia family. Some of them...

Labour’s U-turn/ EU-turn

Turning on Lisbon Helena and Mads have both blogged about the distinct lack of coverage of the EU so...

Bart Staes… or how I interviewed my first MEP

Finally, my first MEP! Last week I managed to interview Belgian Member of European Parliament Bart Staes...

In Italy’s political pigsty

One does not expect to be confronted by the European elections while walking towards the Piazza dell’Esquilino...

Launching our own 2009 Euroelections campaign: feel free to distribute among peers online!

Dear friends and colleagues,     Please follow the links bellow to watch the full version of the...

Marthese launches her campaign

What is it with these candidates these days? You can tell that they are dying for a US Presidential style...

Where’s the hype?

I thought I’d take a look at how the different parties are launching their campaigns here in the North...

Latvian candidates

This month The Central Election Commission of Latvia published the list of the MEP candidates in Latvia....

As the election approaches, the Christians impress, and don’t induce tears and/or sleep

Nick Griffin vs Sarfraz Manzoor? My money's on Manzoor. Us British bloggers are at a disadvantage...

A tour around Europe and thoughts of the youth about the EP elections

On 18. April, a group of students left Sofia on a one week trip around Europe. During those few days,...

Russia’s new Security and Energy Initiatives

Two new proposals related to European security and energy cooperation was made last week by Russia. During...

The British Media

Less than 50 days left to the election and the British media has still not bothered to cover the European...

Ode to European Parliament

No, this is not a joke. I have really written an ode to European Parliament. In the beginning, I had...

The issue of European energy security … or who is the Russian trojan horse in the EU?

This weekend (24-25 April) Sofia will host an international forum on energy under the slogan “Natural...

Sometimes it’s almost as if Europe really exists.

I was going to start this post by saying what a good day today had been for Europe. I was going to say...

Irish Euroscepticism is a British import

  A lot of money is invested by newspaper owners on the assumption that newspapers influence the opinions...

Gawain Towler Post #2 European or National?

“Nobody votes about the issues”, that was the basic complaint about the recalcitrant voters of those...

Europe’s future is in the hands of lying xenophobic Brits

    The Sun claims to have the power to change the outcome of elections The sceptics have had all of...

A slide show, some propoganda about “not the most exciting elections of all time” and a… ’scientific’ look at citizenship

I’ve been working very hard trying to get some good stuff together for a post. Firstly, I went...

Local-centered campaigns pollute the EP elections in Milan, Italy

As the European Elections are approaching, Italy seems not to care so much about it. The media and the...

Gawain Towler Post #1: So why bother with the European Elections?

Really, I am serious. OK I know that most of you who may turn up here are the sort of people who, by...

And the Award goes to…

First off: I have not had the honour to encounter any EP-campaign efforts whatsoever in the Netherlands...

OMGWTF!!1?! The Pirate Bay FTW!!

Last Friday the guys from The Pirate Bay were convicted by a Swedish court to a year imprisonment and...

Twitter revolution – no coup d’etat but big drama anyway

Twitter revolution did not change government in Moldova but created big drama instead including a couple...

Shit happens…

We can often read news from abroad saying that some dog has been stolen from a petshop or a dog has been...

Apathy is Not a Bug, It’s a Feature

With less than two months before the big day, the Europarliament vote is starting to get on the news...

Something about Transparency and Accountability

The lack of transparency in a work of MEP’s makes these elections even more distant and increases a...

How to get the Public Interested in your European Campaign

Colm Burke MEP Today on my lunch break I attended the launch of a European Campaign. What was different...

Barroso on a Cyprus tragedy

Barroso on a Cyprus tragedy Greek Cypriots captured by Turkish army in the summer of 1974 President...

3 EP election predictions - disturbing in their own way

As parties are worming up for their election campaigns and newspapers are preparing their witty artwork...

Battle of the Billboards: Happy Easter from the BNP

I’ve been meaning to euroblog (can I turn that into a word?) for a few days now, but was only jolted...

Why the PES cannot win and won’t win

Over the last number of days I seem to be having discussions about the European Union a lot on twitter....

Let’s do it on Facebook!

After students and political activists, now the MEPs have discovered Facebook too. A group of politicians...

Northen Ireland - A Change to the Status Quo?

Image via Wikipedia Something that seems to have escaped mention on this blog is the change that...

16th April - Blog Reader Appreciation Day

16th April is the Blog Reader Appreciation Day organized by Bloggers Unite***. Bloggers depend on loyal...

Why Vote? Chapter 1

From today on till the elections I will try to post some videos asking different young people about the...

ONLY 34%? So, what’s the point?

Only 34% of EU citizens will surely vote 1. I wonder, is this representative? 2. Is this democracy? 3....

Will there be Rose II in Georgia?

Demonstrations against President Mikhail Saakashvili continued fifth day on April 13th in Georgia. Consolidated...

Giulietto Chiesa: Conspiracy theorist and MEP (still)

The Italian Socialist MEP Giulietto Chiesa told his supporters at the end of March that he would not...

Dangerous last minute changes of the election law in Bulgaria

At this very moment a heated discussion is being led in the Bulgarian Parliament on changes of the election...

“The EU becomes the real Cookie Monster”

I’ve just been browsing a few political party websites and came across one of the most humorously...

Elections will cost 5 ml euro for Cypriot tax payer

Here are some interesting facts regarding the EP elections in Cyprus:   1. Elections will take place...

Elections in the Italian Way

During these days I was strolling around Trieste and came across posters with direct agitation of Democratic...

People don’t know what MEP’s do

Image by looking4poetry via Flickr On Monday after the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, UCC Young Fine Gael...

Twitter Revolution – Case Moldova

After Orange (Ukraine), Rose (Georgia) and Tulip (Kyrgyzstan) revolutions the first try of next generation...

Predicting the Election - Ireland

I came across this site while checking out my new followers on twitter. The website is Predict 09. Predict09.eu...

Can You Hear Me Europe?

MTV has gotten involved in the election campaign. Through television advertisement and an interactive...

First proposals: 500 MEP’s and each state receiving a number of MEP’s depending on the electoral turnout

Ok, it’s time we put our virtual th!nk tank at work. But first, I want to thank Asa Gunven, Laurent...

Blogging from Budapest: “Excellent teaching deserves to be rewarded”

Thanks to the cooperation between the EJC and AEGEE I am currently in Budapest covering the YVote on...

Greens go against Grandpas in the EP

Jan Philipp is 26 years old and finishes his postgraduate IT Master in Oslo and Hannover at the moment....

And the new President of the European Parliament is … or how a news was created

The Bulgarian elections for European Parliament will be held on 7th June - now the date is officially...

What will the campaign in Czech Republic be about? Two billboards

Czech government in demission has tough times ahead, ruling the European Council few more days, negotiating...

Police tactics at the G20

The Guardian revealed that Ian Tomlinson had been attacked by the police at least once before he died...

The predictor

In my search for a new topic to write about I came across an interesting project. Predict09.eu is an...

Why 100,000 EU Residents Won’t Get to Vote for MEPs - and Why It’s Not a Big Deal

Early this week, a mob of young Moldovans crushed police barricades to wreak havoc in government buildings....

Election in Moldova – NATO perspective blocked

Last week-end Moldova had parliamentary elections. The ruling Party of Communists won so no big change...

Facebook: Searching for Candidates…

Youth Party of Slovenia (SMS), a member of the European Greens, decided to look for their MEP candidates...

Slovakia- We know who, we don’t know why

It’s kind of tradition in electoral campaigns (not only) in Slovakia to rely upon names instead...

No Big Surprises

Approximately two months before the EP elections some new names among the candidates for EP election...

Just with one vote

When I came today to the spanish version of the Parliament website, I found an interesting article about...

The Power of the European Parliament explained.

(hopefully) My goal was to do a series of video-interviews with the people I visited while I was in London...

EP elections activated in Latvia`s social network

At last or for a change there is a reason why to congratulate Latvia for having done something important,...

$1tn G20 deal vs. MI(MA/E)C

While world is glowing with enthusiasm after G-20 efforts to restore world economy with an US$ 1.1 trillion...

Nuclear-free world? Yes, we can!

After the G20 summit in London and the NATO summit in France and Germany, Barack Obama attended the...

The Jury Team - a paradoxical party with a good advert

A good advert by a bad party So there I was, trawling through the job listings on w4mp when I came across...

The results of the Bulgarian EP elections

As I shared in my last post, in Bulgaria we make little difference between the EU elections and those...

Is there life in EP after Elections?

Has women’s rights in Afghanistan anything to do with Elections of European Parliament? Question came...

What about a new electoral system as a solution for having real “European” elections?

The reason we are all part of Th!nk About It! is the EJC’s desire to draw attention on the importance...

Blogging the Election

So this is my secong time covering an election. The last one being the Irish General Election back in...

Karzai’s administration “Worse than Taliban”

I almost got stroke while reading yesterday a headline “Worse than the Taliban – new law rolls...

Breaking news shock: European Parliament Elections Cancelled

In a shock development it has emerged in the last hour that the European Parliament Elections scheduled...

The Netherlands- from Europhile to Euro-ignorant?

Marketing-research company Synovate has published a report on the involvement of Dutch citizens in the...

EU lobbyists reluctant to register

As of March 31 2009, 1251 bodies have signed up for the voluntary register launched by the European Commission...

Tomorrow is the big day!

Fantastic, tomorrow the IPRED kicks in. Criminalize a whole generation, that will do it alright in the...

that thing you do!

It seems that fraud comes with a change of heart. The former President for the Conservative Party in...

The year that made today’s history

What have you been doing on November 9th 1989? Do you remember? I was thirteen years old and sleeping...

I’m EU and I approve this cucumber

Old news, but could you tell (no cheating!), which cucumber is illegal to sell in the EU - number one...

Bulgarian Politics 101

Currently the Bulgarian government is formed by a coalition of three parties – BSP, NDSV and DPS. On...

No EU Bailout for Eastern Europe… then. Now what?

A month ago, the European Union leaders rejected a multi-billion dollar aid package for Eastern Europe....

Investigating European mobile phone and mobile data costs

It has taken some time, but ‘the bullit is through the church’ (Dutch expression ‘De...

‘Do we need to vote for bastards who don’t respect us?’

Yesterday the biggest lithuanian online news portal ‘Delfi‘ published the article called...

Should the EP Get a Facelift?

Elena Basescu - Future MEP? I may not have blogged this month at all, but I’ve definitely read...

EU politics and elections: no longer a man’s world

Recently I found the Eurobarometer survey on “Women and European Elections” (March, 2009). Some of...

Yes we drink!

Obama revolutionised campaigning by spreading his tweet-like slogans on social networking sites, targeting...

Three months of Czech Presidency

Short recapitulation acts and behave Czech republic as head of EU. Representative was looking forward...

Czech Presidency looks good

Well, not these days… But that’s not what I want to write about. By „look“ I mean well-done...

If it’s good enough for atheists…

Remember the media fuss last year about the atheist bus campaign? Isn’t that the kind of thing...

Democracy or stupidity?

According to EU rules and tradition the oldest parliamentarian gets to be the president of the European...

You just have to vote! Otherwise – pay!

No advertisements to encourage people to vote, no projects like “Y-Vote” and probably “TH!NK ABOUT...

Europe in 1468 grams… or how Geert Mak convinced me to take up the heaviest literary challenge of my life.

He is blue-green, a railroad flatters his cover, carrying a promising appetizer and a smiling grey Dutchman...

Is the EU an amateur democracy? “YES IT IS!”

  …and there is hope in that. I have been reading with a sense of guilt (as a not so regular contributor)...

When danes aim high

The danish prime minister since november 2001 - the liberal Anders Fogh Rasmussen - hasn’t been...

It’s OK to be gay

Just not in Baltic countries. If my colleague is talking about adoption problems as the big issue, you...

Saw these and thought of you …

Below are a few Europe-themed articles that I’ve found interesting over the last few days - and...

Latvia has it`s European party`s deputy candidate

Last week in Latvia has been rather exciting as EP elections are approaching. More and more lists of...

Barroso Is Watching You!

We were discussing power sockets just around the corner, and I mentioned how the EU institutions really...

Hungarian prime minister resigns for EP elections – high time, but keeps getting worse

The prime minister of Hungary resigned last week, also giving up his position of party leader for the...

What does a successful TH!NK ABOUT IT project look like for you?

As avid readers here will know, I wrote a deliberately provocatively entitled story Is TH!NK ABOUT IT...

Th!nk About It is alive and kicking

Fellow euro-blogger Frank Schnittger posed the question last week, “Is TH!NK ABOUT IT dying?” I...

Divide an Conquer: Everybody hates eachother.

On British news all I seem to be hearing about are the effects of the (and I grit my teeth as I type...

Laptops, milk or voting in the European election? Parliament launches its billboards…

News flash! The European Parliament has launched its election campaign materials. With unsurprisingly...

Ari Rusila’s obscene juxtaposition

I request the Th!nk About It community to make an immediate protest regarding the graphic on Ari Rusila’s...

The Right to Poetry

Imagine, there’s a European constitution that is well-written, funny, human and intelligent. Imagine,...

10th anniversary of Nato’s attack on Serbia

March 24th was held the 10th anniversary of Nato bombings against Serbia. While remembering this intervention...

“The economy, the economy, and the economy”- A Dutchman in Belgium.

It has been a while since the last time I tried to share the inside of the brains of an aspiring MEP...

What difference will the EP Elections make for you?

What follows is a cross post of a diary I have posted on the European Tribune in an attempt to boost...

Say what you like about the EU, but have a look at MEP Daniel Hannan giving Gordon Brown a piece of everyone’s mind!

Here, here! Now, if only the opposition would hold the government to account, and the media would publicise...

What about the e-commerce - why don’t we buy?

I was really surprised yesterday to read in one of the major Bulgarian business newspapers that only...

Good Morning to a Headless Europe

While my favourite bloggers that can be found in the blogroll in the sidebar of my regular blog have...

Dan Jørgensen - who?

You might wonder who Dan Jørgensen is, or maybe you are a big time super European Union geek and know...

One for all?

Again and again a common European social policy is discussed and it is asked “Is it possible to establish...

Is TH!NK ABOUT IT dying?

I must confess I joined the TH!NK ABOUT IT experiment with some misgivings.  The party in Brussels was...

Ganley ‘puppet of US military’

The Irish Election campaign for the European Parliament is beginning to heat up with accusations that...

Time for a Greek Obama

Why are the Greeks protesting and rioting? A vodcast.

Tory MEP Quits Party Due to EPP Move

Yes, that’s right. Tory MEP for East of England Christopher Beazley, has told the Today Program...

Snow White Elections in Macedonia (FYROM)

George Ivanov from the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party maintains a lead according to early results from...

Margaret Thatcher and Europe - a 30 year legacy

One piece of advice that we have been given in this competition is to write something provocative to...

Mountains of money for old mutton

Guessing game time. Which EU program is “The most stupid, immoral state-subsidised policy in human...

A market solution for market failure?

Like most non-economists I have been following the financial crisis with some bemusement and no little...

Austrian Economy Contracted Much More Than Expected in Q1 2009

The Austrian economy shrank by 1.5% in Q1 2009, accelerating the downtrend after a contraction of minus...

The undemocratic left

Is rioting undemocratic? A vodcast.

Podcast #3: Three Europeans discuss riots, protests and political extremism

Play Episode #3 Having trouble listening to the podcast? An Englishman a Frenchman and a Greek woman...

Revising U.S. Balkan Approach

I just read the article “Kosovo a Year Later” of Mr. Bandow in “The American Spectator” and must...

Ireland’s Grand Slam?

The Irish economy is still in free fall with retail sales down 20% in January on the same month last...

Nominate a Friend to Run for Libertas!

Too lazy to run for election? Know a friend who would run? You both support Libertas? Great! Then nominate...

Independents to Challenge European Elections

The Federal Union blog high-light an interesting initiative in the UK which aims at getting independents...

Getting sensitive (Part II): EU’s failure in handling the Kosovo case

“We, the democratically elected leaders of our people, hereby declare Kosovo to be an independent...

Hungary, the energy super state!

The Russian-Ukrainian gas disputes are making Europe feel – not just in the recent months but in the...

Slovakia in the heat of elections

We talk about it on the streets, in the cafés, at schools, in internet discussions. We analyse, criticise,...

Finding Your Candidates Online

A problem for me during the last European Elections in 2004 was finding out about candidates running...

“The new EU army- Enlisting opens today”

YOU READ IT and get a lump in your throat. But will this email be dropping into your inbox in the not...

Yorkshire MEPs at the conference “You and the Future of democracy in the EU”: European politics are politics as normal

Yorkshire MEPs: European politics are politics as normal ICS Prof Juliet Lodge, Dr Richard Corbett, MEP...

EuroParliament elections official campaign details revealed

Yesterday, Ms Mechtild Rothe (EP Vice-president for EP Information offices in the Member States) presented...

EPP-ED Claim to be “Europe’s Driving Force”

I got a press release today from the EPP-ED Group of the European Parliament. In it they inform me of...

What Irish and British Women Want!

Eurobarometer recently did a Flash survey on Women and Politics in the EU. It found that 79% of Irish...

Agendas of Concern

From J’accuse, the latest roundup on the goings on in the Maltese camapaign for EP elections....

Let’s elect Donkey Parliament

When EU normally is disseminating EU doctrine to outside world there some times could be nice idea to...

Fur no more…or how the EU promises to save the lives of seals

The European ban on seal fur is recently approved by the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection...

When the Old Recipes Don’t Apply Anymore

Monitoring financial and political news has become a very depressing task recently. The staccato of catastrophic...

SOS, Britons (and others) in occupied Cyprus be aware!

  British citizens who, despite warnings, have bought property in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus...

Thanks for your time, Libertas

Libertas, your bus stops here. (Photo: Tristam Sparks (A slightly more distracted version of this post...

You want some official info from European Parliament? Wait several weeks, or better forget about it.

EP officials often complain, that people don’t communicate with them (and don’t care about...

Bad report card

Apparently my country isn’t such a good student in the classroom. That is one of the conclusions you...

EU blogging is tired

Or maybe it’s just tiring. Both “tired” and “tiring” are adjectives, and...

We Don’t Need No Education

The lack of interesting information regarding the EU and forthcoming Parliamentarian elections in the...

“I think dismissing the EU as unimportant is utterly ridiculous”- Well happy birthday Judith!

A couple of days ago I presented to you the Dutch liberal politician Hans van Baalen. Judith Sargentini,...

How the EU helped shape my Politics

I am a rare one, I mean among my peers, that not only am I interested in politics but I am actively involved...

We Have a Purpose

As we’ve all discussed and lamented, nobody really knows much about the European Parliament, or...

New Latvian MEP - Liene Liepina

It just happened. Just some minutes ago the Latvian government confirmed the MEP Valdis Dombrovskis (EPP-ED)...

The Issues - at least some of them

The President, and mrs. Ilves The President of Estonia can speak with more authority on matters of intercultural...

FF Split on Joining ELDR?

Image via Wikipedia According to John over at Semper-Idem splits seam to be developing between...

5 things UK Conservatives need to learn about European Parliament

Image via Wikipedia This is inspired by yet another post on ConHome where they get things wrong. Number...

When the European Commission is more popular than the national government … or welcome to the Balkans!

photo: Dnevnik This is a photo of a trade-union protest held on 9 March 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria. What...

Vlogging about the Roma next to Cluj

My post about the Roma sparked a good debate and I think all of us, together, are much more aware of...

Why (not) to become an MEP candidate

Just a few hours after reading other Th!nkers’ posts about and comments on lack of European elections...

Young Europe Documentary

This is a documentary about young people in Europe we made four years ago. You can watch it in four parts...

Tibet and its culture is disappearing, what’s the EU doing?

Recently the Dalai Lama has harshly condemned China for human rights violations that produced a real...

Gandhi, Obama? No - Marietje Schaake!

With a bit of a delay - I know, I’m a lazy bastard - but still, as I promised; the full edition...

War Crime Dispute Spain vs. Israel

Interesting news from Israel popped to my eyes few days ago.  A  Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National...

Getting real: How can the problems of the roma be solved?

I am writing this as a reaction to the post by George Iulian JIGLAU: “Getting sensitive (part...

Straight from my inbox to you.

In my effort to get the real world out there somewhere a little bit involved in this Community, I have...

Lack of attention from the newspapers?

Less than 3 months to go before the elections for the European Parliament and in the Dutch newspapers...

“The Bold and the Beautiful” or how the list of the Bulgarian liberals for the European elections looks like …

The nominations for the European list of the Bulgarian liberals (NDSV) were announced last week. The...

On Womens Day the paycheck still says there’s little to celebrate

Happy March 8th to everyone. While the list is still long when it comes to the struggle for gender equality...

Bavarian-born Brit MP calls on EU to “surrender”

“I grew up in Bavaria, where the European Union and Nato were simply part of my political landscape.”...

Europeans needed for political Podcast

I’m always looking for guests to come on my political/social podcast ‘Three Europeans walk...

Vodcast Teaser #2 Catholics are better at forgiving their politicians

Irish woman: We are really forgiving in a… like… pathetic way.

Poking political advertisements

Although Latvia in these days is struggling with it`s budget reduction and at all with it`s further existence...

Podcast #2: Three Europeans discuss the economic crisis

An Englishman an Irish woman and an Italian discuss the economic crisis from the perspective of two...

Battlefield of Power Politics – Northern Black Sea

While my special interests are laying in Balkans I keep an eye on Northern Black Sea - Caucasus, Ukraine...

Right time for single economic government?

Everybody knows, economic crisis has hit (not only) Europe. And as everybody knows, EU leaders have this...

Teaser: Skype interview with MEP-candidate Marietje Schaake (D66)

In my last post I mentioned the ‘e-café’ organised by aspiring MEP Marietje Schaake. I brought...

Lex Nokia - or how we will learn to live without privacy

Sometimes it feels like politicians consider cyberspace a land of its own where conventions on privacy...

School Day

In the last week I got an interesting proposal from one of the primary schools in my home region. I was...

30 %

workshop at the Heinz-Schwarzkopf Foundation in Berlin Only around 30% percent of young people between...

Getting sensitive (part I): Is the EU capable of dealing with the problems of the Roma?

While the EU and its member states are still trying to find its focus when it comes to Roma people, the...

Copyright: is the EP buying into a fairy tale?

I browsed through the archives of this site and was rather surprised that no-one blogged about this before....

Elections in the social networking sites

As you can understand yourselves, this video was made to encourage Americans to vote in the last autumn...

EU decision making: Watch out for the red balls…!

Last Sunday I attended an “e-café” in Amsterdam, organised by aspiring MEP Marietje Schaake....

Citizenship, democracy and the EU

I started answering the comments to my last post when then I realised my comment was being too long and...

Does Europe have the right to criticise Islam?

A member of the Dutch parliament known for his criticism of Islam is considering legal action after he...

New Cannibalism in Europe too?

Market economy and free trade are the prevailing trend in today’s developed countries. One drastic...

A study on the effects of adopting euro on the common Slovak citizen

The positives of euro observed and experienced during the first two months with euro as an official...

Elections? What’s that?

In the last weekend me and my collegues from European Parliament Information Office (EPIO) in Riga, where...

Some make it hot

There is no such thing as bad publicity. That is the first thing you are taught, when talking to a PR...

Freedom of speech in the EU?

Hans-Gert Pöttering was pissed off when beginning of Ferbruary Olli Rehn, Responsible for Enlargement...

Better late than never…

After a whole month dominated by media guiding me “how to survive the global economic crisis”, I...

Thinking about it: The democratic deficit of the European Union

The democratic deficit is a concept invoked principally in the argument that the European Union and its...

Denmark not part of European asylum office

Setting up of a European Asylum Support Office as proposed by the Commission will not include Denmark. The...

last minute?

All I have to say about the EU this evening is, please save us from the IPRED-law. Please… Due...

”I have a vision for Europe!”

Its a boring Saturday evening here in Malta! Last day of February 2009 and last few minutes before being...

We are all pearls: Social media takes on discrimination in DK!

With the last ten years of groing intolerance in Denmark as well as other European countries toards minorities,...

Design, one way to promote Elections 09

I think, I thought and I willl think. Why ? Because I’m European th!nker. (I hope with little levity,...