Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
[Note I'm from the UK so I will concentrate on the English language blogs, others are in a far better position to comment on others.]

So I'm browsing around and shortcut looks like great reading material. Of course, not living in one of Europe's fancier cities it's not a place I can contribute to much, but hey, it's nice to live vicariously through others living in exciting places. ;-)

Wallström's blog is one I should read more often now I have found it, if only because it seems to be something of an attempt by someone in power to communicate.

The comments section is a bit disappointing. Not much diversity and plenty of "Eurosceptics." But that is a potential danger of an English language site.

She mentions the Debate Europe site, which is an offical EU debating area it seems.


I'll have to look at it more closely.

Brussels Journal seems to have very few comments.
Not really my kind of place, for reasons I will come back to later.

Perhaps we should try some alexa searches to compliment your technorati ratings? I will try and post a comment on them later.

¡No Parasán! has a few more comments than BJ, but (perhaps as ET does on occasion) they read more like an extension of the US blogosphere than a European one.
(This is a curse of the English language media on the internet, but that's a diary for another day.)

EU Referendum has a weird comment area that makes it difficult to estimate the number of comments in comparison with other blogs, but it does seem to have a good number, probably more than ET, but I'm not sure how many more.

EU Ref and BJ are not to my taste not simply because I'm centre-left, but because it's hard to have meaningful discussions about Europe with people who are so firmly anti-EU.

It's not that they don't have some good points, but there isn't much to talk about with people who are on a crusade to completely take apart the current Europe and replace it with something else. My goals for improving democracy and the civil sphere in Europe (for example) are not so interesting to them, despite the face that we probably agree on the existence of a democratic deficit, because they feel my ideas "just strengthen a bad system in the short term."

On your page you note that ET runs from "centre-left to far-left." I guess the obvious question is, where is the site that runs from "centre-right to far-right" (if you like.) I'd be curious to see it, although I suspect you'd like the place more than I would, nanne...

At the same time, blogs tend to be communities and thus they are likely to be people who can agree on some things. Thus, we can conceive of ET, ET-Right and possibly ET-Centrist (Centre-left and Centre-right) but it's hard to see how the relatively weak community ties in a blog can sustain anything wider than that.

Afoe I haven't mentioned so much because it's linked every now and then from here, so I think it's better known.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 04:22:54 PM EST

The debate Europe site is actually the next best thing to Eurotrib in terms of community potential, only the commentary there is often not well-informed. It runs from Far-Left to Far-Right with everything in between. Cafe Babel also has a forum which is actually used, but I haven't delved into it.

A center-right to far-right site doesn't exist among the Euroblogs. Places like EU Referendum and the BJ are obviously far off the map. A Fistful of Euros is quite centrist, it has some moderate right- and left-wing bloggers. But posting there is a bit irregular. The TransAtlantic assembly is another interesting group-blog, somewhat more to the left and always on the cross-section of law and politics, and with a lot of intellect.

The Federal Union Blog and John Worth's Euroblog (which I only just discovered) seem to be part of a larger trilingual online federalist mag called Le Taurillon. Also well worth reading.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 05:18:02 PM EST
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Maybe it's just me, but the killer for Debate Europe is the interface. It seems quite painful to deal with. Is there a sizeable centre-right Euroblog that you know of? That is something I am not aware of. Language is a big issue of course, because you mostly get Brits, USians and "European Atlanticists" posting in English which can result in particular biases against full exploration of European issues. I've dipped into Cafe Babel forums occasionally, but of course here the language issue is writ large. Their Alexa ranking indicates they are pretty big, but that audience fragments by 7 in the forums. Also, the forums are sort of an add on which doesn't always lend itself to discussion.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 06:20:44 PM EST
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The interface on Debate Europe is poor, true (you have to scroll down every time to see the actual comment). There is no sizeable center-right Euroblog that I know of. Carl Bildt's blog is apparently 'to the right' of A Fistful of Euros. But his blog isn't really sizeable, and doesn't have comments. More a personal voice, but generally sensible.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 07:24:51 PM EST
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