European Parliament get social mauling

It was not a huge story, but the European Parliament came in for some stick from the Daily Telegraph the other day, for using social media monitoring tools to find out what people were saying about Europe. Obviously the EU is for media paranoia what catnip is for cats, but it’s a warning to policymakers […]

Binary bind, or why this kite won’t fly

We’re going through the “Cameron will promise an in/out referendum” kite-flying exercise again. If anything, it confirms Iain Martin’s point that the Eurosceptic position is splintering into incompatible positions under the pressure of scrutiny. How many options on the UK’s future European status are there? A non-exhaustive list would be: Mandelson-Blairism: Get back into being […]

Go where your audience is

This post originally appeared on the European Union 2.0 blog, run by Tony Lockett. It is drawn from a workshop on “E-ambassadors: Engaging citizens in a digital world” at the Europcom conference on 18 October 2012 I had the pleasure of moderating a workshop on “E-ambassadors: Engaging citizens in a digital world” at EuropCom this week, the largest European […]

Interactive policy-making

This post is from Tony Lockett of the European Commission, and was originally posted at his European Union 2.0 blog. Neelie Kroes sharing a coffee with Chris Conder “We cannot achieve the Digital Agenda alone, and we cannot do it entirely using old procedures of consultation and legislation.”  (Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission) Chris […]

The businessman’s case for EU regulation

You don’t often read a full-throated defence of business regulation. Less often praise for European regulatory systems. Still less often calls for the EU to go further and faster on creating new rules. So here’s a triple surprise: an article from the FT’s outgoing Brussels correspondent, Stanley Pignal, that does all three. A representative extract: […]

Thucydides or Aeschylus?

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, who is as Eurosceptic as you would expect a former Telegraph Europe correspondent to be, has a piece comparing the treatment of the Greeks to that of the unfortunate Melians massacred at the hands of the Athenian army during the Peloponnesian war. I don’t think that the analogy works, because the Melians were […]

Referendums: still not democratic

Another day, another proof that referendums are the tool of the powerful, not of the people. Today’s comes from David Cameron. The Guardian reports that he’s trying to force a Scottish independence referendum earlier than the SNP would like to hold it – in the next eighteen months rather than in 2014. Whatever the legal […]

Alexander Stubb on an elective European Presidency

A longer post on the democratic implications of what we’ve seen in Europe in the past few weeks is in the works. In the meantime, here’s an extract from a speech given by Alexander Stubb, Finland’s Europe Minister, which touches on the big issue – how do we, can we, give a stronger Europe a stronger […]

German finance minister talks of EU-wide elected president

Yesterday’s edition of Le Monde had an interview with Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, on the future of the Eurozone, which suggested (not for the first time) that there might be some big proposals to come from the Germans on further European integration – and, hearteningly, building greater democratic legitimacy. Here are a few […]