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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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25 Aug 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

Will eurocrats redefine democracy?


Our current notion of democracy has developed within and for the modern nation state. Robert Menasse, however, advocates Europe as a post-national utopia, requiring a fundamentally new and different understanding and practice of democracy that still needs to be developed. “The nation states”, he suggests, “must fade away if we want a system of checks and balances at European level.”

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06 Jun 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

A primer on EU funding for NGOs


Non-profit organizations which realise that some of their capabilities have a market value and deploy them accordingly can defend their autonomous status while reducing dependency from external donors, many of whom have an agenda of their own.

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01 May 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Joy and jeopardy: Revisiting the Anthem of Europe


The main issue with the European anthem lies in the fact that it takes a short tune completely out of context and – even worse – re-arranges it into a syrupy, self-contained, instrumental piece of music. The fact that renowned Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was put in charge of cutting it to size does not do much to alleviate the injustice to the original.

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11 Mar 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

EU research: Dealing with FP7 complexities


The FP7 programme and application process are so immensely complicated and difficult that it basically takes a dedicated FP7 expert to identify the appropriate call and to draft a proposal to match the strict format and eligibility criteria officially prescribed for it.

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02 Mar 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

EU research: Why some FP7 projects fall short


The European Union disburses more than 7 billion euro a year for research. However, funding programmes and application procedures are also very complex and demanding. In this two-part article, I will discuss several related issues.

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29 Oct 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

Brussels: Exile or opportunity for German politicians?


German Christian democrat Günther Oettinger might not be a bad choice to fill the role of a European Commissioner. What is unsettling about Oettinger’s nomination lies not in his person, but in the way the German political sphere has handled it.

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15 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Pluralismus-Algebra. Eine EU-Studie will die Informations- und Angebotsvielfalt der Medien messen


Nicht weniger als eine innovative Grundlage für die Medienregulierung erwartete die Europäische Kommission von ihrem “Media Pluralism Monitor”. Das Ziel der Übung besteht darin, einen EU-weit einheitlichen Maßstab für das Konzept des Medienpluralismus zu entwickeln.

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06 Feb 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

European Institute of Technology: The Tapas Principle


Campus spirit combined with freedom of science and public exposure of the resulting knowledge, together with a communication culture that actually further develops the very notion of innovation instead of going for mere research PR – that would be a great achievement at European level.

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