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14 Mar 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Communicating Europe: The State of Play


Europe is making headlines. In the current decade, there has in fact been a surge in media attention for EU-related topics. What previously appeared next to impossible in most Member States, front-page stories involving the European Union in mainstream news outlets, has almost become a matter of course. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not unequivocally favourable.

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06 Oct 2016, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, 0 Comments

An introduction to the European Union


The constellation of Council, Commission, and Parliament, all with their different tasks and characteristics, has proven to be a powerful mechanism to reach consensus even on highly contentious topics, and imposes well-functioning checks and balances on the European Union. That this is hard and takes time goes with the territory.

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09 Nov 2015, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Why Google’s Digital News Initiative might fail


The European journalism sector needs a boost to catch up with the technological skills as well as the contents-related prowess of the globalised competition. But will Google’s Digital News Initiative really help?

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26 Jun 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

How the EU can help journalism


Why is the European Union so ineffective when it comes to supporting press freedom and media pluralism? And what could it do within the limits of its current competences to foster journalism? It all boils down to one word: CONNECT.

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17 Nov 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

A critical mass for Public Service Media freedom in South East Europe


Conventional wisdom has it that Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) can hardly be more forward than the society it serves, which spells problems for PSB in many Western Balkans countries. But in actual fact in can be at least slightly ahead – provided that it has the international and multi-lateral backing necessary to rise above everyday obstructions.

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25 Oct 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, 0 Comments

The EU, its neighbours, and journalism revolution


The transition to a free and democratic media system in formerly authoritarian countries may be almost as difficult for the revolutionaries themselves as it typically is for the former mouthpieces of defunct regimes. Can the European Union help?

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31 May 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

The art of EU procurement


The EU has masterminded the very rules of public procurement, but it is also one of the largest tendering authorities itself. The scope of design of tenders is such that it may make or break entire companies and organisations, and affect the implementation of public policy beyond the specific objectives of any individual tender.

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29 Oct 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Media Policy, 0 Comments

The EU’s Digital Agenda (part III): Stakeholders Day


Perhaps there just are no stakeholders of the Digital Agenda as a whole, only stakeholders of a number of particular Digital Agenda subsections. Is the Agenda therefore too encompassing a policy after all?

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27 Oct 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Media Policy, 0 Comments

The EU’s Digital Agenda (part II): Megalomania or Jack of all Trades?


What Europe is still missing is a substantial intellectual debate about the Digital Agenda and its implications for civil society and politics. Europe dearly needs innovative and groundbreaking outside-the-box-yet-pragmatic thinking at the interface between technology and the public sphere.

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20 Oct 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Media Policy, 0 Comments

The EU’s Digital Agenda (part I): What is at stake?


Across all the application areas of the EU’s Digital Agenda policy there are several common and mutually interdependent issues which need to be tackled irrespective of the specific purpose of a technological solution. This is why I first take a look at some of the most important overarching issues at stake. Political analysis will follow in part II.

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