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    February 7th, 2011EuropasionariaEurope

    The spokespeople of the Hungarian presidency have reached out to the Blogging Portal editors to start a discussion on how to use online media to talk about the Council’s work. It has to be said that they got in touch with us long before the controversy around the Hungarian media law started, and that these people are not entitled to speak about it as of course, it’s a national matter and their mandate is to talk about EU matters.

    After long debates within the Blogging Portal editor team, we decided to go and see what they wanted to talk about with us.

    A small delegation of us went and met them a week ago. We had a great meeting, truly fun and inspiring. After 2 hours of open-hearted conversation, Gergely Polner, our host, stood up and I realised he was wearing trainers, something that was quite in contradiction with the classic suit and tie outfit he was wearing. Yes diplomats wear trainers too… because they are people too, just like the rest of us. Something most commentators of public life often forget.

    Gergely Polner and Marton Hajdu have decided to open up a blog to share their experience as spokespeople of the EU presidency. It’s called Kovács & Kováts as a reference to the Tintin characters of Thomson and Thompson, Dupond and Dupont in French. The challenge: telling their own experience of the Council using the voice of people and not only that of institution representatives. Their initiative is truly innovative. Older generations of diplomats might consider it a “faux pas”, as Kovács & Kováts put it on their blog. Indeed, diplomats just as any other civil servants are not supposed to express their personal views on things. So how can they open a blog where articles are by definition personal? It is quite a challenge, indeed. But, actually in today’s world there’s not really another way. So long live their blog and let it show the way to future Council presidency spokespeople.

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    October 16th, 2010EuropasionariaEurope, Web 2.0

    A couple of months ago, I wrote a blogpost saying why I disliked the .eu domain name ad.

    Today, while reading an excellent blogpost by Mathew Lowry, I found out the .eu domain name has a new ad. One that moves. A better one.

    This is what the previous ad looked like:

    Now it goes like this:

    I like it much better.

    Did my blogpost have an impact? We’ll never know…

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    July 23rd, 2010EuropasionariaEurope, Quote of the week

    In Brussels there are days when you feel the European Union is a magnificent creation, one of the most inspired experiments in mankind’s history. Then there are days when you feel disgusted by the pettiness, the short-sightedness, the incoherence of it all.

    Farewell to Brussels, FT Brussels Blog

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    July 15th, 2010EuropasionariaEurope

    Although I’m a fan and user of the .eu domain name, I can’t help but be bothered by this ad. I’m sure the ones who’ve read me for a while, and know my tendency to advocate for gender equality, will think: “What? There are more women than men in the picture, for once she should be happy?!”

    But my problem with this ad is that it says that adopting a .eu domain name shows that you are European, and then it shows 5 white people. Do you see where I’m getting with this? To me, being European is being in a multicultural open society, hardly something this ad conveys…

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