Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

Welcome! Bienvenue!

by Jerome a Paris Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 09:34:15 AM EST

Hi All!

Welcome to the European Tribune!

The European Tribune is founded by active contributors to the US progressive blogosphere, aiming to emulate its energy, wealth of information, and community spirit with a focus on European and international issues.

If, as is likely in the early days, you are coming from DailyKos or Booman Tribune, you will certainly find the site familiar in its organisation and layout, with the dual front page / diary feature that makes these sites so much than ordinary blogs and allows everybody to write about whatever they want.

If you are not familiar with these great sites, I encourage you to read the FAQ and the User Guide to get some explanations on how the site works.

DailyKos, as one of the first blogs to use the formidable scoop software, and thanks to Markos's talent, has rapidly become the meeting point of a massive community, which makes the site a great soapbox for everybody and a formidable tool, uniting many progressive activists in one place where ideas can be tested, opinions shaped, and action organised. It is a model that begs to be replicated for other areas of discussion than US politics, the focus chosen by kos.

I have taken advantage of that soapbox on many occasions, and met a number of other European "kossacks" on the site, and many of us have dreamt of having a similar site to discuss European politics and stories in more detail. Sadly, lacking in the IT and other requisite competences, this was just a dream for me - until the day when Booman kindly invited me to join him on his own site, Booman Tribune, which works like Kos, with Scoop, and the same dual front page/diaries structure. And so, while Booman Tribune was taking off, we started working together on a new site, using the same architecture than BoomanTribune, but making it a completely separate site.

And so we are pleased to present you now with the result of that work.

And now let me introduce to you the initial front page crew:

There will be a couple of other surprises and "guest stars". We are pleased to count Booman, SusanG and SusanHu as friendly supporters of this site, and we hope that they will drop by once in a while. We will also be keen to expand when we find dedicated writers from other countries, to bring as varied a coverage as possible of issues.

Expect detailed coverage on

  • the European Union

  • domestic politics of European countries

  • relations with and perception of USA politics and international policies

  • international issues

  • energy, environment, sustainability

  • economy and finance

Despite its name, European Tribune will not focus solely on Europe, and we certainy invite all international readers to come and create their own niche, they will be more than welcome. The name simply reflects the origins of some of the site creators, and the topics they know most about and will cover...

The site is currently in English, but we hope that we will soon have a large enough and sufficiently diverse crowd to start having diaries and stories written in other languages, and lively discussions taking place within and between citizens of different language areas.

So we invite you to come and join us, comment, write diaries, and help us create a thriving community. This site will only thrive if you join in and make it your own, and, while we started this, we have no idea where it will go, and we count on you to decide this!

Use the thread for questions, suggestions, requests for topics, which we will try to answer and/or accomodate as much as possible. You can also contact us by writing to etg@eurotrib.com

I'm glad to be here and I find European Tribune a very exciting project. Thanks to you all for working hard to create this site (BTW I like the colour).

I'll try to contribute here much more than I usually do on BT and dKos. As I am working on labour issues and industrial change at European level (currently with the new member states), I will try to make a few diaries on these not so well-known topics.

And I can't help inaugurating our new pond with a picture of Booman's frog european cousin: the blue frog

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 04:41:29 PM EST
It looks like your the first to receive a rated post (not counting none/1 comments)


by sgilman on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 05:42:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wow a blue frog....do you think he will get along with the green ones over on the other side of the big pond.  Wonder if they mated what the color would be???  I love this site and the American one for you show me such great pixs.
by ariell1 (aka brenda stewart) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:22:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hi Jerome,
Great to see this site come to life.  Much anticipation since Booman's initial hint.  I think it's a great idea to introduce a Scoop-based site in this environment.  If we can establish a community early on, I am sure many political addicts across Europe and other continents will recognize the advantages of a community-moderated site.  The traffic will come.
I hope to find the time to contribute both here and at Booman's.
I'm exited to see who'll show up next.
by ask on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 04:54:41 PM EST
Great site - I'm sure it will do great!

Here's the balloons and cake!

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I hope German Chocolate is okay.

by sgilman on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 05:40:00 PM EST
The cake looks a bit "étouffe-chrétien" (stodgy)!


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 05:55:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ok now, you will have to stop ths kind of posting, for I gain 5 lbs just looking...HI...
by ariell1 (aka brenda stewart) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:18:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It's me.  Well I am excited to be here as well, I will invite my African friend to join this site and my Iraqi friend as well, when/if she contact me again.
BTW I love the blue, it is very soothing....
by Diane101 on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 05:45:16 PM EST
I agree on the color. It is easy on the eyes.
by SeattleLiberal (SeattleLiberal at msn dot com) on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:49:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Celebration time.

Booman and Jerome
Sirocco and soj
Looking forward to seeing this baby grow up.

by ask on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 07:01:02 PM EST
J'ai des tres beaux souvenirs de mes deux visites, et je garde toujours quelques bouteilles de 1995.

Great site, Jerome!

Et ou sont les accents?  Il n'y en a pas dans les commentaires.  Faut-il que je change qqch. a mon cote?

"I don't belong to any organized political party - I'm a Democrat." - Will Rogers

by tom 47 on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:06:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]

JOI!  You're open for business, Jerome.  It's a highly attractive site!  Wonderful work by you.

by susanhu (susanhuatearthlinkdotnet) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:14:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Oh, that photo of the kransekake brings back SUCH memories! We used to have one every year for my birthday, which I was fortunate enough to celebrate in Arnes, Norway while visiting my family.

This blog has perfect timing - I will be haunting this site as I prepare for my visit to Oslo, Christiansand and France in three weeks.

by asimbagirl on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 10:06:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
On the formation of a terrific site. It's an exciting time to be around in blogland, and I can't wait to become a regular visitor here.

Thanks for all the work that's gone into the site. I so look forward to reading a truly global perspective from so many amazing people.

by SusanG on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 07:29:45 PM EST
Southwest U.S. and my family roots in Mexico, here is my contribution to the party.  Andale!

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My humble blog - featuring Friday Basset Blogging

by Man Eegee (man.eegee :at: gmail.com) on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 07:37:17 PM EST
to all who have worked to create this site - it looks really neat.
by Fran on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:23:06 PM EST
I promise not to run amok here - but I did want to say congratulations. Nice job!
by zander on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:37:51 PM EST
Now I've got two things (eTrib & dKos) that MUST be done during coffee and before everything else.

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. -- Calvin and Hobbes
by SteveK on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:46:06 PM EST
I gave you a 4 and would have had you put nothing in your post but your siggy.  I love Calvin and Hobbes.  My favorite unused bumper sticker is the two of them dancing along the strip to a line from the Dead's Sugar Magnolia, which goes, "Heads all empty and I don't care."  

Oh, and I never used the sticker, because I didn't want it to be lost when I finally got rid of that auto.  Good thing, 'cause that was 3 cars ago.  LOL.

by Maggie Mae on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:57:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This will be a welcome addition. I look forward to seeing where this goes.

Soj - I think it is wonderful you will be on the front page here. You have been a major part of my connection with countries outside of the U.S.

Good luck everyone and congratulations.

by SeattleLiberal (SeattleLiberal at msn dot com) on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:47:09 PM EST
that you've started this site.  I'm constantly looking for news outside the US.  This will be a great resource for that and for perspectives from people all over the world.  

Thanks so much for the venue!

by Maggie Mae on Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:59:53 PM EST
Looks good and thanks for the work on a great idea...

I'm still on first cup of coffee, so forgive me if I skip posting anything complicated, I'm typing one-fingered at the moment.

by lizah (lizah at gmx.org) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:02:29 AM EST
Gruetsi From Switzerland!! Hooray for you...and Hooray for us! This is a blog whose time has come! I'm pretty new to Europe, and after 2 years of reading/participating with Daily Kos, recently immigrated to Booman...and now we have a European/International site too. I look forward to learning more and sharing my views as we go. (And Jerome, I think I talk for a lot of people, that you have needed a higher profile place to post...Cheers!!).

(And by the way, can anyone tell me how to post pictures on the comments sections?)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:19:53 AM EST
Thanks for the kind words!

I count on all of you also to make this a great site!

To post pictures, see the New User Guide: How to post a picture

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:44:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Thank you for this info!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:31:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Congratulations Jerome & Booman on the start of this new site.  A brave move by Booman, given that you could be establishing competition to BooTrib!  Well, I guess BooTrib itself was a brave move in itself, which seems to be paying off, so there's probably little to worry about.  

And congratulations on recruiting great frontpagers like Soj and Sirocco.  I'm not really familiar with DeAnander's work, but the intial post here looks promising.

So my real problem now is to find the time to read everything available here and at BooTrib.

by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:28:41 AM EST
Congrats to Jerome, Boo, Soj et al. This site looks awesome. Whatta you know...now my name might make sense to some people. Chamonix...an amazing place in the French Alps. Anyone what to meet up next Jan. to go skiing. The Winter Olympics won't be far away....right through the Mont Blanc tunnel then about an hour and a half drive through Italy to Torino (turin). It's gonna be great. Perhaps I will bring my PC and blog some events.
by Chamonix on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:29:23 AM EST
i'm so glad this is happening. this could be huge. it will definitely be one of my late night/first in the morning stops.

congrats from brooklyn!

by lipris on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:29:59 AM EST
Congratulations, Jerome and all.  I look forward to becoming better informed about the civilized corner of the world.  

Thanks for all your hard work, and for the enjoyment to come.

by Dallasdoc on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:36:39 AM EST
Omedetto Gozaimasu!!

Cheers, and I welcome the opportunity to waste even more time at work.

by RedDan (reddan@gmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:42:20 AM EST
Congratulations to this hard working, dedicated group.
I hope, yet have no doubt, that this site will prosper and I look forward to posting from time to time.

Cheers !

by Guillaume on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:55:08 AM EST
Now I will be heading to the "suggestion box" to ask for a French section so I can blog and work on my French at the same time.  <g>

Maverick Leftist

by SlackerInc (alanslackerinc_at_yahoo) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:55:16 AM EST
Just signed up, thanks for the invite at dKos.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:17:14 AM EST
et merci à tous! / with thanks to all of you.

There is something to be positive about, eh?

Pogo: We have met the enemy, and he is us.

by d52boy on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:30:12 AM EST
I guess I'm a bit late for the party, but
good luck to the organizers.  I look forward
to seeing what "comes up" here.

Hannah K. O'Luthon
by Hannah K OLuthon on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:38:50 AM EST
Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zur Inauguration Eurer neuen Seite.
Good work you have all done sofar, I love soj's and your work, Jerome, as well and I hope to discover many more.
Keep it up.
by PeWi on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:44:51 AM EST
Been looking forward to this site.  Congrats.

Only connect.
by Maurice Hall on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:45:00 AM EST
It's my "dream come true" that we can finally have some "afternoon open threads" that really will be in our afternoon instead of the middle of the night ;)

As someone who is American but been living in Europe a while, I'm super glad to be here.  Now let's get this sucker cranked up and running!

I can't wait for the first French-language flame war!

p.s. Are you sure the timestamp on this blog is right? I put myself on EET but it the timestamp is an hour behind.  Am I living in Moscow now?? :)


Night and day you can find me Flogging the Simian

by soj on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:46:03 AM EST
and here i was just getting ready to post how wonderful it would be posting when people are actually awake when i am!  (it's 2:20 am here in california - and i am a MAJOR night owl!)

this is really exciting!  the ability to hear world perspective instead of just the american point of view is really fantastic!

thank you again for inviting us over this side of the globe to join your party!

YEA!  thanks, jerome and boo!!!

by edrie on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 02:19:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mai j'espere d'avior l'opportunite d'engager en quelques bonnes discutions, disputations, etcetera!

Heureux de te voir ici, Soj.  Merci pour tes sommaires des nouvelles globales (en 5 langues, non moins!).

"I don't belong to any organized political party - I'm a Democrat." - Will Rogers

by tom 47 on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:10:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
what number did I get ???

and what's with all the blue stuff ???

europeans got sumtin against orange ???

I' just gonna read, i aint gonna say much here. Thanks fur using english y'all

I'm a Californian, but we have French Rivera weather here, so I should get an honorary sumthin

by knowthings on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 01:58:31 AM EST
A nice round number for you!

But do post and join the fun! Everybody's contributions are welcome here.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 02:36:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Rats!  I'm no. 315.  Oh, well.  Gotta log on and read stuff earlier.  Was out of touch this weekend.

Great beginning, Jerome!

"I don't belong to any organized political party - I'm a Democrat." - Will Rogers

by tom 47 on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:12:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
C'est lUnion Europeene, dude!
From one (ex-)Californian to you...

Oh, geez... do we have to say "Ka-leefor-nee-ah" here?

"I don't belong to any organized political party - I'm a Democrat." - Will Rogers

by tom 47 on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:14:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What a wonderful concept - and beautiful execution. I have a feeling this will be a huge success.

(One small problem: I'm already spending way too much time on DKos!)

Howard Dean speaks for me

by Patricia on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 02:44:21 AM EST
Congrats Jerome and company. Just wanted to wish you well on your new venture. This is such an exciting moment in blog history. I know this site will also help Americans to get another perspective on the news seeing ours is so much propaganda. best of luck. I will be checking in from time to time.It is so good to see familiar names that support you. Now, we are becoming a worldwide community of folks that really care about our futures.

I am but a spiritual being trying to be human.
by alohaleezy on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 04:29:28 AM EST
Onnea uudelle blogille!

There probably won't be discussions in my small and rare European language but I'm looking forward to participating here (instead of just lurking at dKos / Booman Tribune) in English anyway.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:13:52 AM EST

Always ready for a party!!!

Congratulations, Jerome... the evolution of net roots goes global! Exciting. Looking forward to being enlightened in an international way.
by Nag (harsesarses98223atyahoodotcom) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:31:07 AM EST

I will stop by from time to time, even though your main focus is outside my area of expertise.  I am prepared to be educated!!!

Hope you continue to crosspost at the other fora.

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

by teacherken (kber at earthlink dot net) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:32:19 AM EST
Pretty blue color....

After a thorough examination, I've determind that 1) I need to get a job if I have enough time to thoroughly examine this site, but 2) the site is great.  Another place to waste my time productively.

And now, all my favorite Scoop sites can be identified by color: dKos orange, BooTrib green, and EuroTrib blue.

And for the curious Europeans who may ask about my username, "MD" means Maryland, a U.S. state.  "DH" is my names initials.  I use the same username on all the three sites because I am too lazy to remember different usernames.

by DH from MD on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:34:11 AM EST
In the past, I've always found some European sites that addressed issues of the moment. But after the event is over, the communities die. I haven't found a site that's sustained around Euro affairs or even Euro outlooks on US politics.

During the 90s, I found myself on a listserv run by a monk in Kosovo. This guy was fantastic. He would take all the news he could find from all sources, NATO, UN, Euro, US, but especially from the Kosovo Albanians, Serbs and Serbia proper, and he would post it to his site. A community developed that had quite a sense of humor. Some of the propaganda pieces on that site were priceless. I spent easily an hour a day reading on events in the Balkans to which I had only tenuous connections.

Regardless, my interest in Europe stems from the fact that I was born there, immigrated to the US, have lived in Greece for a year when I was 7, traveled Europe for a year when I was 20, lived in Padova, Italy for a year when I was 22, and spent a summer at an artist residency in Mojacar, Spain two years ago.

I'm an academic, but Euro politics and history are not my field. I have done a lot of reading about Balkan history and I have also recently been delving deeply into Cyprus-Turkey-Greece affairs.

So I guess I can speak to these if anyone is interested.

by Upstate NY on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:38:58 AM EST
I just wanted to say that the picture under my name in the header there is one I myself took (I was surprised to see it!) from the lovely city of Braşov.

If you're ever in Romania, you should definitely visit and the coffee shop I took the picture from is also quite nice as well (with a gigantic aquarium - quite lovely).


Night and day you can find me Flogging the Simian

by soj on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:41:30 AM EST
So this is the surprise? Someone over at Booman's hinted something about Jerome and Euro.. I thought maybe Jerome was about to change sexes and call him/herself Eurome! :)

Congrat's y'all for bringin' this site up and Good fortunes!

by high5 (high5104@gmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 05:56:08 AM EST
Good!  It's about damn time you stopped cluttering up the Kos Diaries pages.  Heck, I couldn't open my hotlist without some new, must-read diary by you Jerome.

So thanks, there are those of us who realize the world is smaller and smaller, and more and more important by the day.

"How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?" -de Gaulle. We have one, American, and I don't think it comes from the same place on the cow.

by palladiate (palladiate@gmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:00:38 AM EST
Congratulations Jerome, as a long time ("long time" in Kos time) reader of your posts, I'm glad to see you start your own blog.  Oooh, and you have spellcheck! ksh01
by Causa on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:14:59 AM EST
WooHoo!  I'm just popping in to say hi and check my number!
by CabinGirl on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:17:14 AM EST
Congradulations, and thanks for getting an international progressive community going. I am looking forward to learning from this group!
by pabos on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:26:15 AM EST
Congrats Jérôme!

Nice to see you and Colman and DeA and Soj and others I will look forward to getting to know. I also recognize other familiar names who have always had interesting threads on other venues.

It is wonderful to see ways in which various blogs intersect and create new outlets and combine forces. Very exciting, indeed.

by fauxreal on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:27:01 AM EST
Nicely done and congratulations, Jerome, et al.

"I must create a system or be enslaved my another man's." -- William Blake
by urizon (braincramp39@hotmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:43:41 AM EST
Dzien Dobry!

I'm an American but as you may guess from the picture is from Warsaw.  Actually I'm looking for property in Krakow but the picture of Warsaw is nicer :)

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I currently live in Chicago with it's large Polish community - and that is how I got mixed up in Poland :)  (My girlfriend is from Krakow)

So I'm interested in the former "Warsaw pact" countries and their role in the new Europe.  I have also traveled to Spain and I speak Spanish (Bienvenido!!)

I really look forward to hearing more about Europe, politics and from people with a different view of America!  

Thanks to Soj, Sirocco, DeAnander and Jerome for putting this site together!

by rast (deavod (at) hotmail (dot] com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 06:55:39 AM EST
This is where the rubber meets the road -- building paths to help lead Americans out of their own media thicket to see the world outside.  Felicitations on this critical experiment!!


by Mogolori on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:07:34 AM EST
Hi from Tennessee. I change my name cuz I thought I had to to registure here..wished I know how to go back and redo it.  Anyhow..thanks to booman and jerome for your endevers here.  What a great idea to do.  
by ariell1 (aka brenda stewart) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:15:01 AM EST
We can chance your user name to Brenda Stewart if you would like.
by BooMan on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 09:41:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Great idea!

I look forward to reading your site everyday from the wide open prairies of 'NAFTA Zone'...

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." - Peter Steiner

by dryfly (jjwhodat at hotmail dot com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:27:46 AM EST

I'm looking forward to the discussions in the weeks and months to come.

by Grand Poobah on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:32:06 AM EST
Greeting and congratulations from Extreme-Western Europe!  I look forward to spending even more time on blogs than I already do(and that is quite a bit)!
by ragnark (ragnark [at] gmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:57:51 AM EST
Glad to see the site is up and running Jerome.

But now I have another blog to juggle in my bookmarks, I think I'll have to open another category.

Oh well.

I altho promithe not to make too many Igor joketh, but jutht now and again....

Eats cheroots and leaves.

by NeutralObserver on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:04:07 AM EST
Bravo! Salut, bonjour, felicitations et bonne chance!
by catnip (llamg88 at hotmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:08:05 AM EST
I spend way too much time on DailyKos.  Now, Jerome, you set up this site.

My spouse is German and I have had the good fortune of living over three years in Europe. I have bicycled from Paris to Warsaw and Paris to Athens in the late 70s.  I try to read French and German sites to understand what is happening in the world.

Now I have another place to waste more time . . . no . . . avoid doing what I should be doing. . . no . . . learn about what is happening in the rest of the world.

Thanks. :)

Ein Land ist nicht nur das, was es tut -- es ist auch das, was es verträgt, was es duldet.

by MoDem on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:10:08 AM EST

Glad to see this site up and running so nicely. This is exciting. Hopefully, this will improve the international dialogue. Congratulations!

by deano (deanoist at gmail dot com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:15:15 AM EST
Quite an unveiling. Great site.  This is one American who likes to get over to Europe as much as I can.  Is there going to be somewhere where people can ask pesky questions about travel tips?

La vie n'est de soi ni bien ni mal, elle est la place du bien et du mal selon que vous faites.
by Time Waits for no Woman (time.waits_at_gmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:16:15 AM EST
Remember, that's what's great about these sites - you can shape the agenda and take (partial) control!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:33:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Great to see a site that will deal with matters not concerning only the U.S.  
While I have never been to Europe I hope to someday.
My mother's father was born in Fede Norway, (located in the extreme southern tip.) While he may have been born in Norway he was already an American because his father had moved to the U.S. earlier and obtained citizenship. The rest of my European ancestors were mainly from Scotland, England and Ireland.

Looking forward to reading stories on the E.U.
I have been reading stories about it for over 30 years when it was still called the Common Market. I was a Poli Sci major in college, Univ of Minn 1980.

Hope to see many well informed stories and comments.

by WAProgressive on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:24:48 AM EST
A quick hello from an old fellow traveler.
by Lupin on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:25:59 AM EST
This is fantastic!!  I am a long-time fan (in blog time) of yours, Jerome.  It is wonderful to have a source to keep track of European events.

Greetings from Oklahoma, USA.

by Jenn on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:44:39 AM EST
Here's to many happy, internationally refreshing returns!

[ Confetti! ]

by musing graze on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 08:50:15 AM EST
Look forward to looking around and contributing or at least learning a thing or two.
by Bionic on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 09:08:02 AM EST
This was the worst kept secret in the progressive blogosphere, but that doesn't lessen the appreciation or the anticipation of what this site will become.  Congrats to you all, and don't forget to cross post once in a while for those late adopters.
by bitterguy on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 09:14:12 AM EST
Congratulations Jerome,et al.

Waving from Vancouver,British Columbia although my heart is in Utrecht,Netherlands.

by comrade on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 09:18:52 AM EST
I just spent two weeks in BC.

What a wonderful place!

On the Parliament grounds in Victoria is one of the coolest memorials I have ever seen in North America: a memorial to the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion.

I just googled Mackanzie-Papineau Battalion and discovered in 2001 in OTTAWA!!! a monument went up.  The one in BC was dedicated in 1998!

Wow! Can you imagine a monument in DC to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade?  I can't either.

However, I try to buy Paul Robson stamps whenever I can.

Ein Land ist nicht nur das, was es tut -- es ist auch das, was es verträgt, was es duldet.

by MoDem on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:40:40 PM EST
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I look forward to great things from this site.
by kd texan on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 09:20:09 AM EST

As long time lurker at Daily Kos, I heartily applaud this undertaking to create an European equivalent. Daily Kos has been an immensely useful source for insight into the American political theatre; I long wished there was a way to pool in information in a similar vein on the European continent. This, in fact, is better than what I had imagined. Well done and keep up the good works.
by Nomad on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 09:42:11 AM EST

hi and of course, thanks first of all. i hope this site will become to europe what dailykos is to the US.

i have for a long, long time followed the american political scene thru the internet. my first private account was in 1994 or 1995, back then still using POTS. soon i upgraded to ISDN dialling in with a cisco 760, and since a couple of years i am using broadband. before the internet came here to vienna in force, i had been an avid user of the fidonet, and before that, i had been into war-dialling and using shortwave radio scanners, which were illegal back then.

more or less tracking the technology and the increase of bandwidth available to me increased my interest in politics, but since i remember, the most interesting and educative sites, the site with the best conspiracy theories, the weirdest fringe content was always created and hosted in the US, by people from the US. i have not only always admired the variety of views across the whole spectrum of political opinion, but how well informed americans who are into politics are, foremost i admire their well written essays, their strong and opinionated but still reasonable discourse. i can rightly say that a big deal of my own political education and politization has been by way of reading american political sites, and that for some years before the advents of blogs.

while i admire what americans have created, i do still miss the kind of venue and the style of the political discourse of the americans have, at least online. in comparison, here in austria the political discourse is, in my opinion at least, all but dead. political issues ranging from funding for school buildings to public transportation to EU issues are subject to infantilization, debated in emotional tones and dismissed as soon as the next scandal rakes high society.

to attempt a debate of serious issues in a rational way without straying from what is "accepted" by higher-ups can make one subject to labeling very soon. it is because of that that i welcome this forum, as a possibility to break out from the political province. but it is also because we in europe have our own set of problems in the political arena, probably our own version of the american malaise, which sorely need to be discussed. i hope this site will be a first step towards a common political language, an arena for all europeans to carry out necessary political discussions, debates, even fights.

lastly, i think that possible forums for political opinion where a common ground can be found will do more to unify europe that ill-advised attempts at passing laws which are obviously against the interests of the vast majority of the inhabitants of the current 25 countries. for that, thank you.

by name (name@spammez_moi_sivouplait.org) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 10:54:37 AM EST
I think it would be a mistake to try to create a multi-lingual site.

Now, I like several languages. Dutch is my native language. German and English are my second languages, and one upon a time I was decent in French (but no more).

But, let's face it, English is, and has been, the de-facto language for international internet forums for a long time. That has nothing to do with it being superior, or more beautiful, or whatever (I personally think French is a more beautiful language), but it's simply the way it is: English is the common demoninator.

Sure, it's possible to create different language parts on a site, but those would exclude a number of people from commenting, because of language problems (that also happens with English, but to a much lesser extent).

I would really like this to be a European site, not a collection of national ones.

by Frank (wijsneus-aht-gmail-doht-com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 11:00:17 AM EST
thanks Frank.  I think we are taking a little bit of a wait and see attitude.  There are some technical obstacles to enabling other languages, and there are pitfalls of exclusivity, and other potential problems.

Your ideas are helpful.  I'm sure we will have a struggle to accomodate everyone since we want this site to be truly European, with all that entails.

by BooMan on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 11:44:01 AM EST
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If you do decide to make EuroTrib openly multilingual, one thing you might consider is having 'translate this post' buttons that use BabelFish, Google, or other services.  Machine translation is imperfect, sometimes hilariously so, but I think it'd be nice if we could use available technology to encourage broad participation.

Not every problem has a technological solution, but this is a good candidate for some behind-the-scenes geekery.

Oh, and congrats to Jerome and BooMan on the launch of EuroTrib.  I'm planning to be a regular reader and irregular commenter, much as I am at BMT.  Family, work, and dKos don't leave a lot of time to spare.  :)


by AlphaGeek (SiliconValleyAlphaGeek(a)gmail.com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:10:36 PM EST
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Hi Frank!

Sure is a nice place to visit. Looking forward to your insight and participation.
Any news up north - weather seems to be very similar in The Hague.

Congratulations To All with the magnificent Grand Opening today. Perfect timing after the recent onslaught @BooMan's Frog Pond. Pfft ... looking for a spot to relax and perhaps a tiny nap.

USA WELCOME: Make Yourself Known @BooTrib and add some cheers!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 02:10:49 PM EST
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A UID in the 300s.  Oh well.  

BTW, does this site have the same stupid "Trusted User" thing that kos uses?  I highly doubt we'll be getting very many trolls here.

Congratulations, guys!

by Rick in TX on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 11:48:53 AM EST
In advance a long preparation, extreme hard work, leads to the GRAND OPENING.
The result you can't measure yet, or can you? What about the Site Meter?

Would you believe this, on the first day the chart looks similar to BooMan Tribune ...
just a month ago. Unbelievable - great start BooMan et al. Let's try to keep the baby growing to infancy and childhood. Once again congratulations - it feels good.

Where have all frogs gone from BMT's pond????

USA WELCOME: Make Yourself Known @BooTrib aka lost treasure of dKos

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:28:29 PM EST
Verizon has an incredibly unfriendly spam block -- and it seems to be especially vicious against European servers.  No surprise that you are having a problem.

My wife has Verizon DSL in a home office.  She does significant trans-Atlantic work with roughly 60% of her correspondents in Europe.  She has had to create a work-around yahoo mail account as ISP after ISP is blocked en masse by the Verizon spam blocker.  She has been rudely dismissed by Verizon "service support" who, in essence, state that these are ISPs where there is massive spamming and "few, if any, legitimate e-mailers".  Thus, she has had to create work-arounds for any correspondents from at least 10 different European service providers.  

It really is abyssmal -- I have been urging her for years to abandon Verizon as their concept of "service" has little connection to my concept of the word.

by BesiegedByBush (BesiegedByBushATyahooDOTcom) on Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 12:59:57 PM EST
Looks great so far. I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop. There have been a few abortive attempts at making a pan-European site -- I really hope this one succeeds where others gave up.

Evropi prihaja ura smrti. Mazilite jo s H2SO4. (Srečko Kosovel)
by carniola on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 01:21:22 PM EST
Great blog you have there.  New to me.  And congratulations with the awards (in spite of your misgivings).
by ask on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 05:29:37 PM EST
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