Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
By the way, in case you were nor paying attention, on this site we actually make an effort to navigate the morass that is the European Union and its badly designed website. We genuinely try to figure out if there is an opening where we can get our foot into any meaningful debate. But, you know what? There is none. The EU's communication policy is a joke, the websites seem designed to get you lost rather than give you access. Commissioner Wallström's blog is infested with trolls and has a nanny moderator that looks down on commenters. The EU's open consultations are also a smokescreen, or not intended for the general public, just the "stakeholding" locusts.

In case you haven't noticed, you are quite liked around here [at least by me] because of your witty, lateral-thinking comments, your street cred, and your inexhaustible photo archive. You also bring in insider information about a variety of topics. I have noticed what you're foing with the Venezuelans. What I've also noticed is that you're content to drop hints in random comments here and there, often in languages other than English without translation or a word of introduction. You could write a short diary every so often, you know? Maybe about Chavez? But no, you don't comment on news, you just make it happen.

You also drop names all the time. You have drinks with this or that MEP. Have you bothered to introduce the site to your contacts? Do you have any feedback that we might find useful to raise our appeal to those kinds of people? No, that would be being helpful but that would make things too easy for us and that's not like you, is it?

What's wrong with you today? Why do you have to take whatever it is out on ET?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 29th, 2006 at 04:35:03 PM EST

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