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25 Oct 2018, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, Media Policy, Philanthropy, 0 Comments

Innovation and social purpose: Public and philanthropic support for European journalism


The three general-purpose news outlets with the greatest agenda-setting power over European politics – the Financial Times, The Economist, and the BBC – will very soon be based outside the European Union. What could the EU and European philanthropies do to nurture a supranational journalism landscape that might replace them?

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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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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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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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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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