Archive for 2009

Charlemagne a encore frappé…

We are all Belgians now
in the Economist, 26 November 2009

Add comment November 30th, 2009

Et voilà… tout ça pour ça…

Belgium Prime Minister Picked as European President
by Stephen Castle
International Herald Tribune, 19 November 2009

Ce soir, je me sens si triste. Terriblement triste. Not that i’m against Mr Van Rompuy. I’m just sad that the EU is not ready to assume its political role and name a big figure of the international stage.

“After an eight-year battle to rewrite its internal rules, the choice of two relative unknowns seemed to highlight Europe’s problems instead of its readiness to take a more united and forceful place in world affairs.”

See Jean Quatremer’s piece on his blog (see on the right). Jean’s even quoted at theend of this  IHT piece  😉 Oui, Jean, ‘habemus papam’…

2 comments November 19th, 2009

(Ladies and) Gentlemen?

Scarcity of women candidates for EU jobs signals trouble ahead
by Tony Barber
FT Brussels Blog, 17 November 2009

and see Jon’s blog at with his and Maria Weimer’s launch of the Gender Balanced Commission website.

Add comment November 18th, 2009

A “low-key, technocratic operator” for EU President?

Thanks Stephen for making me smile with your phrase “low-key technocratic operator”… because i’m literally devastated at the idea of this person in the EU pilot seat.

Belgian Emerges as Favorite for New Top E.U. Post
by Stephen Castle
in the International Herald Tribune, 4 November 2009

Add comment November 5th, 2009

The Pope on Secularism

Incroyable. I’m reading this thinking, ‘this has to go in the picks’ section’, when i suddenly notice the writer is nobody else than Dan..! of course 🙂

At Czech Mass, Pope Says Societies Must Have God
by Dan Bilefsky
the International Herald Tribune, 27 September 2009

Add comment September 28th, 2009

Voyons s’ils y parviennent un jour…

Barroso backs up major anti-red tape scheme
by Valentina Pop
in EUobsever, 18 September 2009

Add comment September 21st, 2009

frenchie frenchie!

Cachez ce saindou que je ne saurais voir…
par Stephanie Clifford dans le New York Times
en français dans le Courrier International no. 985

Pro- or anti-Frenchie lifestyle? No matter what you feel like, this week dossier Oh! là, là! in this week’s Courrier International is simply…delicious! If you’re not registered online, it’s worth 3 € believe me.

Enjoy the read… en français bien sûr!

Add comment September 20th, 2009

Je n’arrête pas de le dire!

The Facebook backlash
Phoebe Connelly
The Guardian, 7 September 2009

Interestingly, this is a very similar paper to a New York Times article by Virginia Heffernan, Facebook Exodus, 26 August 2009

Add comment September 8th, 2009

Any hope for even more EU politics?(!)

France casts fresh doubt on Barroso reappointment
Andrew Rettman
euobserver, 8 September 2009

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Pour une surprise, c’est une surprise

Ryanair launches pro-Lisbon campaign to help ‘incompetent’ politicians
Leigh Philipps
euobserver, 27 August 2009

Very interesting to see how businesses and civil society get involved. Une première me semble-t-il!

Add comment August 27th, 2009

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