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Before Easter, I gave the presentation outlined below, together the the EP’s chief of communication. This was organised by Centre International de Formation Européenne, of which I am an alumnus. Attendants included mostly communication experts, from retired officials who set up the DG Comms to party spokespeople. A related video interview is also available. The… » read more

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Vladimir Putin launched a ‘Plädoyer für eine Witschaftsgemeinschaft”, in Germany on 25 November. This sounds similar to my June post here and to the article I published on 11 Novembre in Le Monde and medias from six other countries: “Turkey, Ukraine, Russia: toward a new EEC?” Here are quick reactions to Russia’s initiative. Who should… » read more

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The ‘new EEC’ concept – published in six other media – can be commented there: in English, en français. I promised some other references: here they are. Certainly not exhaustive: additions welcome, also in English).

Quelles catégories de concepts paneuropéens?

Le débat sur l’intégration européenne est dominée depuis 1954 par la construction communautaire. C’est encore plus vrai depuis les élargissements, qui ont amené la majorité des peuples européennes sous la houlette de Bruxelles.

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Here are some comments and strong opinions, on what speakers said at a study launch by consultancy Waagener Edstrom, well summarized here . And what it means for opinion leaders: Mr Buzek, please read on… Now, why would a Frenchman bother to blog on ’14 juillet’ day, on a very specialised, English and Brussels-centric topic?… » read more

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What the Turkish President and a French Minister told me encourages posting some ideas I had discussed with friends. I describe briefly the context, some practical steps, a daring vision, and next steps. Last week, I spoke at a major French Turkish conference in Istanbul, summmarised in this article: “Turkey, France test the water before… » read more

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Plus je lis sur les attentes et reactions ce ces deux pays, plus je pense que cela correspond à des profiles… fabuleux! En tout cas, il y a de nombreux préjugés sur les pays latins (ou méditeranéen, pour être précis) et germaniques. Or il y a parfois un peu de vérité derrière les préjugés… Ci… » read more

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Given the very long pregnancy and current birthing problems, many commentators voice pessimism about the EU External Action Service. First among the Cassandras are journalists, not always imune to cynicism, and sometimes confusing soundbites and trends. While I like many of them, I am more optimistic, also based on personal experience and anecdotes. ( One… » read more

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A post by Günter K.V. Vetter about German as working language of the new EU External Action Service triggers my writing down some opinion that I kept relatively private so far. Here is the original post, in German of course… and I also react in this language: German as EU working language: Beschwerungen, Verteitigung oder… » read more

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I observed one week of post-election commentaries (some more sources here): this is my short ‘net take’. But before attempting to answer this question, let’s get rid of one frequent misconception in Western reporting: that the Presidential elections was a choice between Russia and Europe. Here is a clear quote from an interview by www.EurActiv.sk… » read more

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This article by Gideon Rachman makes good points: Oranges and lemons in Ukraine Two Ukraine experts also write good articles on the topic in the FT, Stefan Wagstyl Roman Olearchyk But these articles are regrettably behind a paywall: a different approach from EurActiv’s transparency, for example. Summarised here, or if you cannot read French, there.… » read more

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(includes links to video summary with Barroso & Buzek statements, programme, introduction speech) EurActiv’s anniversary was about 10 years of EurActiv.com, 5 years of the 10 country EurActiv network, and 5 years of Fondation EurActiv. It was celebrated in three different ways: 1) publication of the Policy Guide to the new European Parliament – a… » read more

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(You have a view on how the EU celebrated the 2009 year of anniversaries? Please react, by simply clicking below) (Edito newsletter ‘EurActiv et Vous’, janvier 2009) Chers partenaires et amis d’EurActiv, En ces temps incertains, et en phase avec la transparence, nous vous indiquons nos résultats ainsi que nos priorités. D`abord notre réseau en… » read more

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(Edito newsletter ‘EurActiv et Vous’, novembre 2008) (You have a view on how the EU reacted (or not) to the economic crisis at the time? On how it shaped today’s positions? Please react, by simply clicking below) Chers partenaires et ‘acteurs européens’ Toutes les capitales s’interrogent sur l’impact de la crise financière: comment adapter les… » read more

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Ukrainians knock on the doors, which one would YOU open? Answer a minister question Posted by EurActiv Correspondent on 30/07/09 I recently spent several days in Ukraine, both out of personal interest for the country and also to assess on behalf of EurActiv the fit of the country with European integration, EU enlargement or not.… » read more

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