The Week in Bloggingportal: Viva la Revolution!
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What a week it’s been, with democratic revolutions, discussions about democracy, transparency and human rights, and even that modern classic, the Eurozone crisis. Egypt has naturally been the big story of the week, with events moving quickly (in terms of a weekly blogging round-up) towards the resignation of President Mubarak. EurAmerican took a look at the European response, both official and in the media, and The European Tribune followed events up to the resignation. AriRusila examined the question of “what next?” for Egypt’s political direction. How the EU deals with undemocratic regimes has been criticised on the Open Societies Foundation Blog, using the example of Uzbekistan, while European Geostrategy discussed the issue of a geopolitics of democracy. Perhaps the more principled and vibrant approach is to be found in the work of the Eastern Member States?
Transparency is an enduring theme in the EU: when it comes to unearthing documents, Skoene Oke has been working away to gain access, while Generation 112 highlights a window on to the transparency of the European Parliament.
There is no escaping the economic crisis, and it’s by no means over in Europe. The Franco-German plan for closer European economic co-operation (what we know of it) is assessed by European Innovation, and it is not without its bad points, but the plan also raises questions about the role of the rotating presidency of Hungary. Cohesion funds are also in the spotlight this week: should we devote them to more pan-European projects? When Barroso proclaimed that the Lisbon Treaty had survived its stress-test, it was greeted with a note of caution from Wortwallungen.
Legal issues have surfaced this week in the form of a ECJ court ruling on the import of cards from different Member States to watch premier league matches. It’s been hailed as a victory for an English pub landlady, but what does it mean for the sport of football? Bloggingportal editors are still meeting with representatives from the Hungarian rotating presidency, which has sparked a few thoughts from Polscieu on the issue of Cybercrime. Using blogging to debate an issue for a short amount of time has been discussed by Kosmopolito, particularly how to make an impact.
Last, but certainly not least, debates on human rights have surfaced. Hungary is set to change its media law, though the extent to which it will be improved remains to be seen. But the big human rights debate this week was on the European Court of Human Rights (not to be confused with the EU courts, or even the EU system, as even some MEPs seem to do!) and the right of prisoners to vote in the UK. The debate has resulted in a non-binding vote in the House of Commons against any prisoners getting the vote, and there are suggestions of ignoring the ruling or even of withdrawing from the Convention completely. Bagehot over at The Economist writes about the poor debate on what the rights of prisoners should be, and The European Citizen looks at the arguments of the Civil Death and some withdrawalist arguments.