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It is a multilingual portal, it is still a beta version, but at the same time totally independent, without any sponsorship and we do welcome any comments and hints how to improve the site! So get in touch with us! You can also follow us on twitter: @bloggingportal.
Here are the results of an intereting survey (pdf) on “Media relations and Europe – from the journalist’s perspective”. It was carried out by APCO, a public affairs consultancy in partnership with Journalists at Your Service (J@YS). Although the sample was relatively small (121 respondents = 10% of Brussels press corps) there are quite some interesting facts to be found (Please note that this is just a personal selection, I recommend you to have a look at the survey results!):
- Half of the reporters covering European affairs have been doing it for less than 5 years.
- Only 10% read EU blogs
- Many journalists say their audiences are interested in the EU but not well informed about it, and that journalists’ bosses are hardly any better informed than their readers, viewers and listeners.
- 43% of the polled journalists would like to learn more about “The balance of power between EU institutions”, only 13% want to learn more about the Single Market, the budget and trade issues.
- A relative minority of journalists cover issues related to business regulation, fisheries, development and humanitarian aid.
- Almost half of the journalists produce one or more stories a day.
- What are the most important sources for story ideas? Blogs are seen by 3% as “very important”, by 4% as “often important”, 30% say Blogs are “sometimes important” and the majority of 63% say they are “not important”.
- European Institutions get quite good grades for the quality of the information they provide.
- Webcasts and podcasts as well as conference calls are relatively unimportant for EU journalists.
- The best communicator of European affairs is… the European Commission, but at the same time a solid majority of journalists surveyed feel it does a poor job of communicating with the public.
Click here for more results of the survey (pdf).
Corruption in eastern Europe | Talking of virtue, counting the spoons
The state of the elites in Eastern Europe. It seems as if especially anti-corruption agencies and justice ministries are very reform resistant. Or as the Economist puts it: “Yet from the Baltic to the Balkans, even politicians facing the most startling accusations of corruption seem not to suffer at the polls. A bit like Italy, really.”
Transatlantic Politics » Corruption in Eastern Europe: back to square one
“A survey made amongst Romanian judges showed that most of them don’t consider corruption as being a serious crime. “It’s not like you kill someone. And how can I sentence someone to many years of prison for corruption, when I have to bribe myself nurses and doctors if I go to the hospital”, said a judge as quoted by a German expert who ran the survey.”
Chatham House -The European External Action Service: Roadmap for Success
A Chatham House Report that sets out ten key policy recommendations for the EEAS.
A customized google search drawing on 172 websites (at the moment), including EU Blogs, Industry Federations, NGOs, Think Tanks, etc. Brought to you by the guys behind “Blogactiv”. It is certainly an interesting tool, however, it would be very helpful to have access to the list of these 172 websites… otherwise it is a bit difficult to suggest new content!
Putin – The bottom line
Another critical analysis of the developments during 8 years of Putin written by two former ministers.
EU: the most peaceful region in the world
Indeed an argument that should not be forgotten despite all the shortcomings of the EU…
Institutional Competences in the EU External Action: Actors and Boundaries in CFSP and ESDP (pdf)
Interesting but lenghty think tank paper…
EU Green Lights Partnership Talks With Russia
After 18 months of opposition, the 27 European Union member states finally agreed to launch strategic partnership talks with Russia. But how did the EU manage to get its act together? – A Lithuanian diplomat explains the procedure: “Now all of our concerns have been put into the annexes, we are happy.”
Silobreaker: European Union
The latest “news service” discovery and it looks as if it could become my favourite news aggregation page…
Gazprom’s Foreign Energy Policy (pdf)
“This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest analyzes Gazprom’s strategy toward foreign markets. It considers Gazprom’s perspective on international markets and examines the natural gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Additionally, the publication includes statistics on Gazprom sales and the Russian–Ukrainian natural gas trade.”
Sovereignty: The History of the Concept « Faustian Europe
Undergraduate essay on the concept of sovereignty with an emphasis on “internal sovereignty” with chapters on history, Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, French Revolution, Soviet Revolution, National Socialists, Liberal democracy…
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