You can help

Does anyone have suggestions for good blogs? I’m especially interested in blogs with an European perspective and ones covering the politics of a European country or region, but any good blogs are of interest of course.

One of my megalomanical hopes for AFOE was that we could use it to create a European corner of the blogosphere. Just as there is a comics blogosphere, a linguablogger blogosphere, a German blogosphere, and on a larger scale a techie blogosphere and a US politics blogosphere, there should be a pan-European politics blogosphere.

Basically I want every worthwhile English language blog about european politics to be on our blogroll. And I want as many as possible of them to become aware of each other and start talking to each other.

I think we have enough traffic for it to be actually achievable.

19 thoughts on “You can help

  1. “Basically I want every worthwhile English language blog about european politics to be on our blogroll.”
    Speaking of megalomaniacal, I haven’t discussed this with the others.

    Alternately, Nick’s idea of an a ‘lefty directory’ counterpart for euro politics blloogs,

  2. Sorry, I just noticed, you have Eamonn under life in Europe. This having been said I’m not sure I get the ‘politics-life’ disconnect. Or don’t I understand Mats last post on the Champions League.

  3. “Basically I want every worthwhile English language blog about european politics to be on our blogroll.”

    Why the limitation to English-language? Add a language code after a blogroll entry if it isn’t English, sure, but exclusion seems to be silly.

  4. Oh, and re: “Slugger O’Toole (UK/IR)”; “IR” is the ISO 3166 standard two-letter code for Iran. “IRL” is a common three letter code for Ireland, and “IE” is the more common two letter one on the web.

  5. David – A roll of European blogs in English is an excellent idea.

    A sad reflection on our predicament is how little pan-European news media there is. One predictable outcome is that we need to trawl around to discover pan-European polls, studies and reports such as the IMF assessment of Euro Area Polices signposted by EUobserver at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2003/cr03297.pdf Expanding the roll of pan-European media would be another welcome addition and IMO so would links to the regular Eurobarometer polls showing the spread of popular assessments across EU member states of EU institutions and policies as at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/archives/eb/eb59/eb59_en.htm

    “Lefty” or “Righty” blog rolls may be of special interest to those perennially inclined to regard their politics in a football perspective but not for the rest of us who want to see how the analysis runs before reaching conclusions or making choices.

    A Left-Right linear spectrum may have suited the tactics of Robespierre in post-revolutionary France but now is more than 200 years since and he is hardly an auspicious model. As the recent referendum in Sweden showed, the centre-right was there campaigning for joining the Euro while the centre-right in Britain tends to be sceptical – but then a long succession of polls in Britain show a steady 2-1 majority against joining and few suppose that inevitably indicates the balance of electoral support for the centre-right.

  6. I’d like to second Aidan Kehoe’s thought above: it would be an excellent idea if AFoE could be a hub linking to all kinds of Euro-blogs — but if it were, restricting it to Anglophone blogs would be, well, restrictive.

    I really don’t know where to go to find bloggery in French or Italian, or whether there is much, but I’d like to be able to find it from here. And I imagine readers comfortable reading German, Spanish, Swedish etc would feel the same way.

    If there is going to be a single Euro-language, after all, then the EU should bring back Latin, and this blog should have a Latin-only links policy…

    Thinking of which see the excellent weekly news site, Nuntii Latini, who recently unveiled their new site over at http://www.yleradio1.fi/tiede/nuntii/

  7. Is that Latin news site in verse? Haha.

    Esperanto might be another worthwhile option concerning a “Eurolanguage.”

    My own blog, Diplomatica (http://www.diplomatica.org) has been rather stagnant lately, but I promise to get back in the game eventually. The content in general has been a tripartate division of sorts between European, American, and generally global affairs…I wonder if that fits into the rubric.

    I’ll be attending a forum of Balkan leaders here in New York within the week; perhaps if there’s interest I’ll make that the subject of a rejeuenated site.

  8. I think you’re already linked to most of the suggestions I would have made, so I’ll simply confine myself to saying thanks for the blogroll.

  9. Great idea! Nice to see that you have Dagens Nyheter (in the language of the Heroes and the Honour). I go to Bonobo (already at your blogroll), Frans Groendijk, and Foreign Dispatches, I think Edward have them all in his comment above.

  10. Of course I welcome this effort of establishing some “political euroblogosphere”.
    I agree with Bob on the “lefty” directory etc. “”Lefty” or “Righty” blog rolls may be of special interest to those perennially inclined to regard their politics in a football perspective but not for the rest of us who want to see how the analysis runs before reaching conclusions or making choices.”
    This partly answers “I thought the purpose of this blog was to kick
    http://europundits.blogspot.com/ ” of Markus.
    Although some sparring with them could be interesting.
    Then there is the language-issue. On my own site I have been struggling with the question “Blogging in English or in Dutch?”. (if it is not Dutch is should be English-no doubt).
    A possible way out: writing in Dutch on my own site and writing in English elsewhere. My Dutch posts should be on (purely) Dutch issues. But then: there are little left….
    BTW: I hope this humorous feature; this lighter side of the site on the papist european conspiracy -here represented by the contribution on Latin- is not confusing to many people.

  11. ‘”Basically I want every worthwhile English language blog about european politics to be on our blogroll.”

    Why the limitation to English-language? Add a language code after a blogroll entry if it isn’t English, sure, but exclusion seems to be silly.’

    Never said that. Being more restrictive with non-anglo blogs (and also uk politics blogs now that I think about it) is probably necessary though, there’s too many of them.

    I’m not gonna add any though, only know English and Swedish so I can’t judge the quality.

  12. Chris Brooke: That Latin site is maintained by YLE national radio of Finland. I remember hearing about it in a Finnish broadcast: the site runs in parallel with regular Latin broadcasts from YLE.

    I guess this is just one more effort of the Finnish state to make it seem special.

    It’s great to see how our tax-euros are spent.

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