Neither? You’re not in the mood? Well, that’s because you opt for direct democracy and started your own European Citizens Initiative? Not really, you say? Because you don’t know what you should call for? What about:
None of these, you say. Your Bloggingportal.eu editor realises by now that you’re not interested at all. You’re not in the mood to kill the sacred cows. You don’t care that Serbia and Kosovo finally came to an agreement. At last. You’re not in the mood to think about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising 70 years ago.
It may be a year until the European elections, but with Croatia joining the EU in July, Croats are heading to the polls today to elect their representatives to the European Parliament. It’s not been the best week for people power in the EU, however, with heavy criticism directed at the European Citizens Initiative and the Commission for the lack of initiatives been taken up by the Commission. (Stephen Spillane highlights one of these ECIs still collecting signatures – the Let Me Vote campaign). When it comes to European office terms, Eberhard Rhein argues that a third term for Barroso would be one term too many. Finally, Hungary is in the spotlight again, as the EU considers taking legal action over the country’s radical constitutional changes.
Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, was remembered as she passed away this week. A controversial figure, Jason O’Mahoney asks us to forget some of the myths surrounding her. The debate on her legacy continues to rage in the British media and will doubtless last for a long time to come.
Cameron’s renegotiation strategy has suffered a setback this week as France and Germany rule out participating in the review of competences. Simon Usherwood notes that some constructive cooperation continues between Britain and other Member States below the surface.
And if you still haven’t had enough of the crisis, Estonia brings us Austerity Opera – bringing the debate between the Estonian President and Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman to musical life. Could a Finanzministerdaemmerung be next?
Once this first wave of blog posts was over, we were warned of the “dramatic days ahead” and informed about the search for “fresh solutions“. Yet suddenly, we all realised that democratically elected parliaments still had a say when the Cyprus parliament offered “the gift” to refuse the deal – quickly followed by European Central Bank’s threat to stop paying if democracy prevailed.
But then again, it is Sunday and the European and Cyprus leaders continue to negotiate about who will or will not pay for whatever this is all about. Or, as the tourism video calls it: “From a relaxing day to an unexpected night.“
we here at our idealistic European project called Bloggingportal.eu (that’s for you, Jean) that functions without any government money (that’s for you, Margaret), we hope you both had a modestly convenient week watching EU affairs.
Jean, you will have noticed with pleasure that 50 years ago the EU court ruled on the supremacy of EU law, and we know that you, Margaret, would have loved to go back in time and do what would have been necessary to prevent this from happening.
In the end, Margaret, don’t you fear that this leads from a healthily critical approach to centralised EUropean power to a caricature of policy-making? And were you, Jean, really hoping for somebody like Mario Monti to be presented as the future hope for the European Commission?
Well, looking at all this, we here at Bloggingportal.eu ivory towers, we know it may have been a week full of ups and downs for both of you. Yet, since you are or were both politicians, you would be able to sell any of these things as a victory for yourself and your own ideological ideals – just as all national leaders have sold the budget deal as a win for themselves.
We think this made yo happy, below and above the soil. Thus, we wish you a happy next week, probably more quiet than the previous on when it comes to EU matters.
In the week we turned 4, in the week CameronheldhisspeechonEurope, in the week Jeroen Dijsselbloem became head of the Eurogroup, in the week the EU adopted the Financial Transaction Tax, in the week the Franco-German friendship turned 50, the Euroblogosphere argued for the single market, for an EU-wide unemployment system, for a Union that focuses more on citizens than on technocracy, for a more transparent Union, for a celebration of Croatia’s EU accession, for a more active and European Ségolène Royal to maybe one day become the President of the European Parliament.
But, will our children and grandchildren also remember that this was the year in which the new Hungarian constitution, a widely criticised piece of paper, entered into force? Will they remember that EU Commissioner Michael Barnier was expected to leave the Commission but never did? Will they recall that the European Parliament was Schulzinised in 2012?
Which leaves us with the need to predict euroblogging in 2013. The three big topics will be: The Crisis. National and European elections. The Internet. No topic will be: Catherine Ashton. The Apocalypse. Love.
In this sense, we wish you happy holidays and a great year 2013, with a lot of blogging (and love). You can expect big things here on Bloggingportal.eu, that’s for sure – we just need to agree what these big things will be. If you’d like to join, just contact us and become an editor or supporter. Honestly, just contact us if you feel like boosting the euroblogosphere in 2013!
If you need motivation: After 2012 being the Chinese Year of the Dragon, 2013 will be the Chinese Year of the Snake and the European Year of Citizens. Please invent your own jokes.
PS: To close this year, you may ask: What euroblogs should I have read in 2012?
The very subjective answer of your humble Bloggingportal.eu editor would be:
The Berlaymonster for its satirical coverage of EU politics and gossip.
The EUROPP blog’s “Brussels blog round-up” category for providing a much more regular weekly coverage of the Euroblogosphere than we did in 2012.
And Protesilaos for his constant and high quality coverage of the Eurocrisis and European Politics.