Euro roundup: Berlusconi, Citzalia, Euroblogging

Citzalia ? the virtual ghost European Parliament (really, why spend money on this?)

from Jon Worth by Jon

Yesterday???thanks to this tweet ??I had the dubious honour to be one of the first people to have a look at a draft website for Citzalia, a project that promises some sort of virtual European Parliament role playing game. The official blurb is as follows:

Handling a comms mess ? Citzalia

from Jon Worth by Jon

My previous post about Citzalia has been creating waves in the small pond of EU debate throughout the day. The blog entry was first linked from Tim Worstall, then appeared in the Open Europe press review, and has then subsequently been linked by England Expects,, The Endless Track and Bill Cash.

Berlusconi holds election threat over rebels

from – World, Europe
The prime minister intends to challenge his party’s new breakaway faction to support the government in a vote of confidence or face snap elections

MAIN FOCUS: Berlusconi passes trial of strength | 05/08/2010

from euro|topics

The Italian Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday rejected a motion of no confidence submitted by the opposition against junior justice minister Giacomo Caliendo, who is under suspicion of corruption. Although the political pressure on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his government is mounting, the press says new elections are unlikely.

Berlusconi’s Italy: elections soon?

from by euro topics

Italian junior justice minister Giacomo Caliendo, a suspect in a criminal inquiry, narrowly avoided an opposition motion in the lower house of the Italian parliament calling for him to be sacked. Had it gone through, the government could have fallen. The political pressure is rising, though the Irish, Slovenian and Italian press say new elections are unlikely

Fears over Wilders’ support for Dutch coalition

from – World, Europe
Centre-left parties attempt to woo the Christian Democrats away from a proposed rightwing minority government that could only govern with support from the anti-Islamic politician

How to miss a Euroblog endorsement in style: Writing for (y)EU (Twitter tag #bkaeb)

by Grahnlaw

The Twitter tag #bkaeb stands for Better Know A EuroBlog, and it is meant for blog posts recommending a certain Euroblog to potential readers. The new tag has been described as a #followfriday (or #ff) for blogs related to EU affairs.

Great Euroblog on social media: Waltzing Matilda (Twitter tag #bkaeb)

by Grahnlaw

?The views and ideas in this blog are entirely those of the authors and do not represent the official position of the European Commission?, make the blog Waltzing Matilda sound more like a promise than a threat, given the less than cuddly image of the EU institutions.

Euroblog: Franco-German EU girl geeks – vasistas? (Twitter tag #bkaeb)

by Grahnlaw

Long before the world of online media or social media, in La Débâcle (The Downfall), the novelist Émile Zola described the ravages of war from the perspective of ordinary people, even if he hoped that a new France could be raised from the ashes.

The EU’s WTD is a spectacular failure – what will the Coalition do about it?

by Open Europe blog team

We have looked extensively at the EU’s draconian Working Time Directive in the past (see here, here, here, here, here, and here for example) warning that it just won’t go away. It is back in the headlines again, after a new survey has highlighted the negative impact it has on the NHS.

Euroblog: The Taurillon family resurrected (Twitter tag #bkaeb)

by Grahnlaw

About a week ago I wondered where Le Taurillon and its sibling publications had disappeared without any notice I had seen. The blog post did not draw any official response from the editors, who may think that actions speak louder than words.

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