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Links 09-03-2010

Charlie Beckett on which media will matter in the 2010 General Election

But here’s the headline news for election 2010: Mainstream Media is Back.

As a political sciences graduate, with a terrorism studies postgrad student in the house, I found Dave Wearing’s article on political sciences quite interesting. Should it even have the word science in it – the debate re-ignites…

I have yet to be convinced by the idea that the study of politics can be apolitical and value-neutral. Our choice of research topics will inevitably reflect our own political and moral priorities, and the way in which that research is framed and conducted is bound to reflect assumptions which – whether held consciously, semi-consciously or unconsciously – remain of a moral and political nature.

Charlemagne  – one of the best blogs on European issues, even if I don’t always agree with him – gets to grip with Greece

EMPATHY is always in short supply in recessions, even within the European Union where we are all supposed to understand each other instinctively. But really, the cross-border debate on Greece is depressingly simplistic.

Will Hutton talks some sense on the position of the VP/HR.

Ashton’s problem is not her power, but her lack of it. Before the meeting in Córdoba, she badly needed the letter David Miliband and Swedish foreign secretary Carl Bildt co-wrote saying that EU foreign ministers should get behind her. The world, and EU member states, needed more of the European Union, not less.

Charlie Brooker takes on the leaders’ debates:

if Nick Clegg spends the first 50 minutes rousing the audience with his fiery, lyrical rhetoric – as per usual – only to sneeze unexpectedly five minutes before the end, leaving a giant pendulum of mucus dangling off the end of his conk, the unfortunate mishap would be looped and repeated ad nauseam on every rolling news bulletin for weeks to come. He’d be Mr Snot. And do you want to vote for Mr Snot? No way. What if he sneezed on the nuclear button?

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Links 4 March 2010

Thought provoking article from Adrian Hamilton in the Independent on the whole Greece/Eurozone/UK  thing

Some useful information on saving energy from the Guardian

Some b-roll of Commissioner Ashton in Haiti. Council TV Newsroom is looking pretty good!

And as it was getting tweeted about earlier, here’s a link to our new(ish) site which is regularly updated with “Euromyths” and our letters to the editor – which don’t always get printed, so at least there’s a trace.

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Links 03-03-2010

A not oft-heard argument that the European Commission is more democratic than the British Cabinet

Ilana Bet-El in the Guardian on why Member States only have themselves to blame if they don’t think Ashton is doing well.

Michael Crick reminds me why Michael Foot’s death is a big deal

And because we want the best possible proposals for events in answer to our call for proposals

Possibly my favourite blog, which engages in regular fisking of tabloid stories.

Edited at 16.10, 3 March 2010 to add:

MEP Mary Honeyball is impressed by Herman van Rompuy.

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Links 02-Mar-10

I’m going to blatantly filch an idea from the fabulous currybetdotnet and link to items I’ve found elsewhere on the net that I like, or think might be interesting for anyone that pops by. Needless to say, I don’t endorse any content, and my linking to them here certainly doesn’t imply that they reflect priorities, policies or views of the European Commission. Sometimes it’s just good to read…

Mary Kaldor in Comment is Free: Europe has spent too long besieged by regulation culture and market obsession, forgetting its original purpose: peace

Jonathan Holmes in Comment is Free on why arts should be subsidised.

Europe Minister Chris Bryant draws attention to the contribution of the EU Media programme to many of the films shortlisted for BAFTA.

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