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by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 01:55:40 PM EST
TH!NK ABOUT IT - european blogging competition 2009 » Blog Archive » A slide show, some propoganda about "not the most exciting elections of all time" and a... 'scientific' look at citizenship

I've been working very hard trying to get some good stuff together for a post.

Firstly, I went to my classmates, who are studying the European Union to find out some of their thoughts. They all seemed to feel positive, but picked up on the age old questions, and ultimately were all left asking, `who's actually standing in the EU Elections?' And we're studying it! So what can everyone else think?

I then went to the North West Liberal Democrat Conference and was lucky enough to have been able to interview an MEP, Chris Davies. Although the video came back edited, my questions were taken out, and even changed a little, he said some interesting stuff. Apologies for the cheesy music!

by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 02:02:15 PM EST
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Grahnlaw: European elections: Federalist manifesto
Perhaps time to look at what the Union of European Federalists (UEF) has to say in its manifesto Stronger together in a federal Europe, the clearest constructive election programme I have seen to date.
by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 02:02:42 PM EST
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Predict09.eu : the possible outcome of the June 2009 European Parliament elections (45 days left to the Euroelections June 2009) «
Predict09.eu is a prediction of the outcome of the June 2009 European Parliament elections and the resulting make-up of the next European Parliament. The prediction is based on a statistical model of the performance of national parties in European Parliament elections, developed by three leading political scientists: Simon Hix (London School of Economics), Michael Marsh (Trinity College Dublin), and Nick Vivyan (London School of Economics). The prediction will be updated each week until the elections on 4-7 June.
by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 02:03:08 PM EST
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Find out what's your political preference for the EU elections using the the EU profiler (developed among other by the Free University of Amsterdam and the European University Institute).

All EU countries are represented.

There was no party that covered my preference, even GroenLinks (Greens) was too light on European integration...

by Nomad on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 03:34:24 AM EST
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For the heck of it, I did it for Hungary and Germany. I didn't think in advance so I did both in the native language... so some explanations for the graphs below.

First, the positioning of parties and myself; right-left axis social-economic left-right (methinks that should be two separate dimensions... for a number of parties, extremes in those cancel out), top-down: for-against EU integration.

(MDF: small centre-right party with a recent extreme market-liberal makeover; SzDSz: small liberal party; Fidesz: right-populist main party; MSzP: Socialists; LMP: a new moderate Green formation; Jobbik: fascists)

(CSU, CDU: Bavarian/rest of Germany Christian Socialists/Democrats; FDP: [neo-]liberals; FW: Free Voters, localists; SPD: Social Democrats; Die Grünen: Greens; Die Linken: Left Party; DVU, Rep[ublikaner]: far-right)

Next, level of shared values with individual parties:

I suspect the reason this test claims I share more with the domestic far-right than the CDU, CSU and FDP is the fascists' support for the social state.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 04:35:50 AM EST
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very elegant work, dodo, thanks!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 09:19:28 AM EST
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If you mean the graphs, they are screen-grabs, not my work :-)

Would you take the test & post your own results for Italy in nanne's new FP story?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 09:32:34 AM EST
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I ended up in the middle of the upper left quandrant, though there were no specific Finnish questions except to ask a 'votability rating' for each Finnish political party.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 09:35:39 AM EST
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i did it, but cannot grab the image, it won't let me.

any tips? there's got to be an easier way than screen snapshotting it then posting it on flickr, please?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 09:51:01 PM EST
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Screenshot, crop, save as gif, upload to [Photobucket in my case] was exactly what I did.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 25th, 2009 at 07:32:28 AM EST
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well, i went through it twice now, getting slightly different results.
i found the questions not nuanced enough, so i'm going to pass, if you don't mind, thanks for the invite, Dodo.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 25th, 2009 at 08:30:54 AM EST
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