AEGEE Europe/The European Students’ Forum demands a change in the European direction

AEGEE Europe — European Students’ Forum launched the Y Vote 2014 project. Following the success of the first edition of the Y Vote Project which was aimed at raising awareness of the European elections in 2009 and increasing youth participation, the Y Vote …

Why We Need Bilderberg in Brussels

Reading the reports of the Bilderberg Group meeting last week set me thinking : we need Bilderberg in Brussels. The Bilderberg Group is the secretive annual conference of world leaders from the domains of business, politics, and finance. It met …

Previewing the 2014 European elections: ALDE’s struggle to remain Parliament’s 3rd largest group

  There has been a considerable amount of discussion in the European-centric media about the battle between the European People’s Party and European Socialists to secure the largest number of seats in the European Parliament in May’s elections.  Aside from …

In the Brussels Bubble

The third morning of my trip into the Brussels bubble has begun; it is a little grey but still not less promising than the days before. What should I say, now that the first half of my time here in …

The local conversation model

We are sharing our daily life experiences on social media, brands are fishing for our ‘likes’ and people are having conversations in what McLuhan calls the global village. Politicians and (EU) political institutions are also starting to understand the importance of …

EU talking only to ‘Brussels Bubble’ inhabitants, not citizens

Internally-oriented communication initiatives and an overreliance on technical jargon prevent citizens from having a real conversation with the EU. In the midst of the European Union’s on-going struggle to communicate its message and plug an ever growing democratic gap, a …

The illusion of the EU bubble and the discovery of the EU foam

The EU bubble is a self-created illusion, and those who remain in this bubble simply fail to acknowledge that this bubble has actually become part of a foam over the last years. There are many bubbles in which European topics …

Far-right group in European Parliament no longer possible – but likely

Over the past few months I have been evaluating the rise of far-right political parties across Europe and their potential impact upon the post-2014 European Parliament. To form a political group in the European Parliament – a mechanism that unlocks …

Brussels: a city of VIPs?

I’m not quite sure how I came to be reading the latest annual activity report of the Brussels Ixelles police force (Ixelles is a commune of Brussels, near the centre). However I did come across some interesting statistics. The report lists the …

How information circulates in the EU bubble

I liked Julien Frisch’s qualification of the EU bubble as “the informality sphere” in his blog posts in four parts on the Brussels bubble (see here for part 2 specifically relating to this concept). But the concept of “informality” only reflects part …