Monthly Archives: May 2007

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!


Most Underappreciated Weblog in Europe…

…would be an appropriate award for this blog, right? Surprisingly, this is even a category at the prestigious Satin Pajama Awards!

So, the polls are open, off you go…Thanks for your vote!

And thanks a lot for the nomination! (btw: great category!)

The Czech perspective

Europe needs a Ronald Reagan” says Karel Schwarzenberg.

And also “peace through strength” seems to be on the agenda in the Czech Republic…and not the need to “shift the arms race into a peace race“…

This banner can be found just opposite of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague:


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! (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!

Transnistria’s internal power struggles

A quite interesting article on the internal power struggles in Transnistria called Sheriffs vs. Patriots (!) speculates about the underlying internal reasons for the recent plan on the settlement of the conflict in Transnistria.

Insistent rumors are circulating in Transdniester that Igor Smirnov has fallen out with the Kremlin. Moscow has again refused to grant financial help to the region. It is said that humanitarian money is simply melting under the hot sun in the region. This is how $40 million to $60 million has already disappeared.

Smirnov has made mistakes in the past too, but the first and the only Transdniester region president still continues to sit in his armchair. It is not ruled out that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s current hard-line policy towards the region is due to a completely different reason: to incline the region’s authorities to accept a union with Moldova within a single state. There are rumors that Moscow is also behind the Renewal Party (read Sheriff company). Not official [structures] but some business structures. And they have their own interests in the region.

Thus, the struggle has begun. Who will win it? Ladies and gentlemen, place your stakes.

Job hunting in Brussels

The nEUrosis has a very nice piece on the job market in Brussels. (Unfortunately) everything in this article is true, even though one should not forget the positive side of the topic or as The nEUrosis puts it:

Brussels has a very dynamic job market, probably the biggest in Europe, for those interested in international and European politics. Although there are many cultural, linguistic, and job-seeking differences, the uniting factor for this city-within-a- city is indeed the EU. In between one job add and the next, Brussels-based Europeans live their lives discussing the past, the present, and the future of this one political body. In a sense, they are the citizens the EU does not have.

However, it is truly a shame that well-qualified graduates are often exploited and not properly paid (especially outside the EU institutions). Moreover the “networking obsession” is a rather bizarre business here in Brussels. In that context I can’t stop thinking about the famous quote by George Soros (not sure if it was him though) who once said: “Networking is not working!”.

And, as far as I can recall there is even a law in Belgium that prohibits any internships for university graduates…!