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If you put the number of MEPs, and label them as such, in the countries' box it will unclutter the diagram.

To the ignorant - like me - the various bubbles in the middle appear to be autonomous entities.  For example,  the Agricultural Guidance & Guarantee Fund appears to be off in its own little world, reporting to no one, accountable to no one.  

Might consider the order in which the entities are placed.  In general people look Top/Down and cognize the hierarchy of importance/power in the order the eye sees.  The diagram communicates the Council of States is more important/powerful than the Elected Parliament, which may very well be true but isn't something you want to emphasize.  

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by ATinNM on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 11:43:45 AM EST
Yes, a solution to all this must be found. My first instinct was to put the parliament at the top, ans the segregation of bodies doesn't indicate the flow of connections between them. I was working from the Institutions site - but it may well make more sense to see the whole flow from the point of view of the citizen rather than the EU official view.

All comments and criticisms welcome - this was just a 90 minute doodle. With several days of work it can be made more efficient and, I hope, beautiful. But I'm interested to see whether people think the general concept of attempting the map to be useful or not

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 12:08:14 PM EST
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... and the Parliament kind of like they are, but instead of the "to be named later" boxes, swing the gap around to  the middle of the bottom row, and have the arrows with the relationship of the Parliament going out to the other bodies, organized in an area below the "states and parliament" box above.


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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:47:08 PM EST
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A how can I interact, who can I complain to view could be useful too

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:40:01 AM EST
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Important point, and one that may be a 'selling' point. Our aim is not to 'toe the party line', but get ordinary citizens involved - because official EU communications have totally failed in that.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:50:53 AM EST
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Probably add how does EU money fund things for me view as well, we all get to see "EU funded" signs, but there are other ways that EU money effects the average citizen that aren't so obvious. The EU needs seeing as an opportunity, not in the Murdoch view as an obstacle.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:58:16 AM EST
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That is another "flow chart" with arrows: follow the money.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:08:22 AM EST
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There are two "weights" that each country has: MEPs and voting weight in the Council (for the purposes of qualified majority). So I'd put the council votes and the population inside the country box, and the number of MEPs in the arrow. I would also put all the countries on one side of the diagram, in one line, and the EP the nearest "blob" to this row so as to prevent the lines from being overlaid by other blobs.

You can put the three main institutions as the vertices of one triangle, and the ECB in the centre.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:52:03 PM EST
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