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by Fran on Wed Mar 18th, 2009 at 03:09:32 PM EST
Romanian president's daughter runs as independent - EUobserver
The daughter of Romanian President Traian Basescu, Elena, will run as an independent for the European elections, after having quit the center-right PDL party on Wednesday. The bid of the 28-year old top model known for her linguistic gaffes sparked much controversy in and outside the party.
by Fran on Wed Mar 18th, 2009 at 03:17:00 PM EST
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Talking about the EU « Behind the Scenes

Try as I might, I just can't picture it. At least not in the way I imagine the organisers intended it. I am talking about the video booths (36 of them) that are to appear in each member state in the run-up to the June European elections. The good citizens of Europe are invited to pop inside and record a message on the EU and/or its policies.

While most of the EP's campaign launch on Tuesday made sense to me, this had the kiss of Brussels on it. Thought up by people working in Brussels for people already living and breathing the EU.

Does Europe inspire people enough either way to get into one of these `choice boxes' (a large, room-size, multi-media box as the blurb says) and say something about it? Constructive or otherwise. I am not sure it does.

by Fran on Wed Mar 18th, 2009 at 03:21:02 PM EST
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Did the EP go web crazy? « Public Affairs 2.0
Did the EP go web crazy?

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It certainly looks like they did to Public Affairs 2.0, and we like it.

The "Choice Box", which we gave you a sneak peak of in the previous post, is actually a interactive, multi-media studio which will travel around Europe, allowing people to record videos to send to MEPs and EuroparlTV.

This is just one part of the online component of the European Parliament Secretariat-General's European Elections 09 Communication Campaign, launched this morning.

The campaign has a unified message: Choice. They aim to show that citizens should be engaged because they have `to choose'. The EP was also at pains to point out that this campaign is institutional and non-partisan; the campaign does not support policies, positions, parties or people. Just the elections.

by Fran on Wed Mar 18th, 2009 at 03:21:55 PM EST
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Pole or Italian to head the European Parliament?

The Pole Jerzy Buzek (pictured left, photo: Thierry Monasse) and Italian Mario Mauro will fight it out to be the EPP candidate to head the European Parliament.

Buzek is a former Polish prime minister (1997-2001) and MEP since 2004. His name has been floated for over a year now. Only a few weeks ago it seemed he would be the obvious choice of the Christian Democrats (EPP), the largest political group in the Parliament. Two reasons for this: 1. he is a heavyweight politician and well respected parlamentarian; 2. there will be several big jobs to be handed out in the EU soon and most seem to agree at least one has to go to the new member states, which are approaching 5 years in the EU.

The Italians obviously see things differently. They have proposed their own candidate, Mario Mauro, who is now deputy president of the European Parliament and close to prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. They also have some valid arguments: they have been in the EU forever, and have not had a president since 1979. Also, they are not fielding candidates for any of the other big posts, whereas the Poles would like to see their minister of foreign affairs Radosław Sikorski become the next secretary general of NATO.

by Fran on Wed Mar 18th, 2009 at 03:23:53 PM EST
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Heads or tails the Vatican wins on both.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Mar 19th, 2009 at 07:55:27 AM EST
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The President of the European Parliament carries out the role of speaker in parliament and represents it externally. The president and vice presidents are elected by MEPs in a secret ballot every two and a half years.

Conference of Presidents
The President, the Chairmen of Political groups, along with independent representatives without voting rights, form the Conference of Presidents. It organizes all work of the Parliament and parliamentary bodies. The Conference can be questioned by any MEP.

Conference decisions are by consensus or a weighted vote based on the number of MEPs in a political group. It meets fortnightly, in camera. But minutes are distributed to all members.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Mar 19th, 2009 at 08:02:10 AM EST
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FT.com | Brussels Blog | Fiendish Declan Ganley prepares to spoil another EU party

Short of giving him a pair of horns and a forked tail, it's hard to see how you could make the people who run institutional Europe dislike Declan Ganley more than they do now. Ganley is the British-born, multimillionaire Irish businessman who spoiled the European Union's party last June by spearheading a successful campaign to persuade Irish voters to reject the EU's Lisbon treaty. The Irish vote threw the EU into a state of organisational confusion from which it has not recovered to this day.

Now Libertas, Ganley's political movement, is putting up local candidates across the EU for next June's European Parliament elections. Ganley himself will stand for the constituency of Ireland North West. It is clear that Libertas will run a highly populist campaign - in one recent statement, it attacked a European Parliament decision to "go ahead with building a €9m gym and pool in Brussels which only MEPs and parliament staff can access... The move to go ahead with it while families across the EU are facing financial hardship shows a complete lack of respect for the people of Europe."

by Fran on Wed Mar 18th, 2009 at 03:25:24 PM EST
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