Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Blogs: Filling the EU's 'communication gap'?

A broad variety of blogs on European affairs has emerged since 2005, and even Commissioners are running blogs of their own now - but the question is whether blogs will really lead to more European debate.

Some EU lawmakers have seen blogs as a way to reconnect with citizens, following the rejection of the draft EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands. Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström , and three other commissioners (Boel , Potocnik , Špidla ) now also run regular blogs and two others (Dimas and Kuneva) are preparing theirs.
Individual citizens have also started EU-related blogs and even professional journalists and media have created their own blogs to comment on EU affairs (see
FT Brussels blog , the BBC's Mark Mardell's Euroblog and Jean Quatremer's Coulisses de Bruxelles blog for Libération). Full article and list of EU blogs