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    January 16th, 2011EuropasionariaLife

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    January 12th, 2011EuropasionariaBrussels, Euroblogosphere

    There were lots of familiar faces at the Butterfly Europe event this afternoon.

    © Joseph Boss

    When you are an EU geek -by that I mean a person who is both active in EU affairs and in social media- you tend to attend any single event that talks about both. And as social media is the “it” subject in the EU bubble at the moment, there have been many of these events in Brussels in the past months. So when you are an EU geek, you tend to always see the same people around, be it online or offline. As Antonia and a few of us EU geeks put it today on Twitter, at the Butterfly Europe event, the usual suspects were attending and some of them were speakers too. We are indeed a bubble inside the bubble. No surprise there: the EU bubble is already small enough that the group of people in this bubble who are also passionate about social media is inevitably smaller.

    Amongst the EU geeks usual suspects who attended Butterfly Europe, there was a shared impression that the discussions turned around in circles, and that somehow, any event we go to talks about the same things amongst the same people. Being of optimistic nature, I look at things in a different way.

    First, if we get the impression that nothing new is said in the social media events we go to, well that’s actually a good sign for us on a personal level. It means we know our stuff! As early adopters of social media in the EU bubble, we are and always will be ahead of others who are only starting to develop an interest in it.

    Then, of course the usual suspects were there. We know each other, appreciate each other and naturally gather and chat when we are at these kind of events. Here comes the bubble effect… but gladly, there were also plenty of new people at this event, let their tweeting commence!

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    January 12th, 2011EuropasionariaGirl Power, Quote of the week

    Go for Excellence, sweetie. It’s not a crowded field.

    It’s from Aunt Lola on Twitter. She’s older than you and she knows better.

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    January 9th, 2011EuropasionariaEurope

    Je crois que la communauté [européenne] correspond à une œuvre collective et indispensable. Les temps se modifient peu à peu. A l’intérieur de l’Europe de l’Ouest –on a parlé tout à l’heure des guerres qui nous ont séparées- c’est un projet enthousiasmant que de penser que non seulement ces peuples ont signé une sorte de pacte de paix perpétuelle en s’associant depuis 1957 et en renouvelant cette affirmation à diverses reprises depuis cette époque mais c’est encore plus enthousiasmant que de penser qu’ils seront capables en plus de se doter d’une politique, d’une diplomatie commune, de traiter en commun les problèmes qui touchent à la paix du monde, aux rapports de puissance, aux échanges internationaux. Vous y voyez peut-être un frein ou une inquiétude. Vous n’avez pas tort de vous poser des questions. Il faut toujours s’en poser. Mais c’est une œuvre admirable pour notre génération. C’est une œuvre formidable pour vous, pour moi, et plus encore pour nos enfants, que d’imaginer ce que sera demain l’Europe dans laquelle ils vivront parce qu’à ce moment-là ils vivront dans une communauté tout en ayant gardé leur patrie, préserver leur patrie, celle qu’ils aiment avant toute chose, et ils en auront conquis une deuxième : l’Europe, notre Europe.

    C’est une retranscription de l’intervention de François Mitterrand face à Philippe Seguin lors des débats sur le Traité de Maastricht en 1992. Ça fait du bien d’entendre un politicien parler d’Europe de manière enthousiasmante. Ça manque tellement de nos jours. Si vous préférez la vidéo, elle est ci-dessous (partagée sur Facebook par Samuel Faure). A ce sujet, je recommande un livre que je suis en train de lire: Aimer l’Europe de Robert Toulemon, que vous pouvez suivre aussi sur son blog.

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    January 9th, 2011EuropasionariaBest of the Web, Politics

    I’ve found this amazing video on Macarena’s blog, La oreja de Europa. In just a few minutes it tells you what the hell is going on in Belgium and it’s also incredibly funny. Good stuff, Belgium!

    Do you want to know more about Belgium? (subtitled NL/FR) from Jerome de Gerlache on Vimeo.

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    January 9th, 2011EuropasionariaLe meilleur du web

    J’ai trouvé cette vidéo désopilante sur le blog de Macarena, La oreja de Europa. En quelques minutes, on vous dit tout ce que vous auriez toujours dû savoir sur la Belgique, ce pays extraordinaire où je vis et que j’aime, surtout pour son surréalisme et le sens de l’humour de ses habitants. Bravo les Belges !

    Do you want to know more about Belgium? (subtitled NL/FR) from Jerome de Gerlache on Vimeo.

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    January 7th, 2011EuropasionariaEurope, La citation de la semaine

    La preuve est faite qu’une mobilisation des opinions publiques européennes peut avoir un effet sur un pays de l’Union, comme vient encore de le montrer l’affaire des Roms. Jour après jour, on a ainsi la démonstration qu’un espace public européen est en train de naître et que la politique intérieure est de moins en moins intérieure.

    La Hongrie est-elle vraiment prête à rétablir la liberté de la presse?”, sur le blog Coulisses de Bruxelles

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    January 6th, 2011EuropasionariaEurope, Girl Power

    I’ve found on Un Européen jamais content this promotional video of Hungary, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. According to that footage, the Hungarians invented a lot of useful stuff such as the automatic gearbox, the autoexposure still camera, the refrigerator, the articulated bus, the soft contact lenses, gramophone records, Excel, and the colour TV set.

    Wow! What a great country, right?

    I liked this video. I thought it was good. Very good promotion indeed… until minute 6:45 where after informing us about all the great things Hungarian men invented they tell us, randomly, that… they also have “the most beautiful women on earth”! First, that’s probably far from true. Then, why do they need to say that exactly? Is that a touristic attraction? It’s totally out of place. Sorry, it completely ruined it for me.

    PS: I love Hungary. Fun people, good food, great wines, fantastic lake Balaton, and also the ugliest men on earth… just kidding 😉

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    January 4th, 2011EuropasionariaQuote of the week

    The euro blogo/twitter/facebook sphere is a resonance chamber for sufficiently switched on EU institution actors to assess just how hollow their words can sound.

    Can Web 2.0 help save the EU from itself?, posted on the IABC’s Ning

    Next Web2EU event is on 17 February. Are you coming? Web2EU is where EU geeks meet – and where the EU Girl Geeks actually met in real life for the first time.

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    January 4th, 2011EuropasionariaLife

    This is an incredibly motivating video and all of that in only 1:18 minutes.

    I’ve found it on Céline Camoun‘s blog, which I’ve just discovered and that I highly recommend!

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