After the -dissapointing- result of the EU Budget and being inspired by a blogspost of Eva en Europa, I have been thinking the question of how the civil society struggle in times of crisis. But at the same time of these periods usually are momentums of great inspiration and creation. Is the economic crisis having any positive consequences after all? It might look like everything is going down, everything is being closed. However periods of economic crisis are also periods of high creativity. When economic crisis hits the society, it is when resources are less and the imagination of the people, combined with the aim of surviving pushes the people to develop new ideas.
Blogpost originally published at EUROPP .
The Euroblogosphere now consists of many hundreds of blogs, all commenting on different aspects of Europe, its politics and policies. But are blogs in Europe part of a European Public Sphere? Using interviews with European bloggers, Javier Ruiz Soler finds that despite the seeming lack of deep level debate and the over presence of English, blogging is a growing contributor to an also growing European Public Sphere, and could well be an important factor in helping people to contribute to policy debates and increase political participation in coming years.
Las week I attended a conference in Berlin entitled “EU Quo Vadis” organized by Heinrich Böll Foundation (see my article I wrote for the occasion). The conference was very interesting, with a lot of high profile speakers. It was a two
day conference with panels about different questions, mainly dealing with the current euro crisis. I was invited from the foundation to participate as a blogger. Probably they wanted to have an internationally diverse background of participants, although a large number of assistants were German. No idea if it was the same in preceding editions. Here are my impressions:
That European Institutions have a big problem in terms of communications is not a secret. In order to understand this we can check some of their videos, for example the Kill Bill version that was accused of being racist, and therefore forced to be eliminated. A video that had a cost of 127.000€.
So here it is! After a long process of hardworking, and one month of bureaucratic fight, the thesis is ready to be published and spread.
Ok. I will try to explain my position about this question although it is not easy at all. A European Federalist as myself, supporting an independence movement.
Restablishing the connection on my blog, that hasn’t been updated in the last months due to the work with my thesis, I would like to comment a few lines about my experience in a Conference I participated in late June in Copenhagen.
A lot has been spoken about euroblogosphere, public sphere, online interaction, European digital identity, etc in the last weeks. But two days ago I was speaking with a friend of mine, and I realized I do not know too much about .eu domains.
What about the Internet domain .eu? How many websites can we find with this “ending”. For what? Who is using the domain? Can we create our own website with .eu. Do I have to possess a European ID/passport, or at least an EU member-state IP?