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Jean-Michel Bos [Connect Euranet/ Flickr] Jean-Michel Bos is Editor-in-Chief of Euranet Plus, grouping top national radios like RTBF, Radio 24 and BFM Business, now at risk of stopping. Well after the demise in 2013 of Presseurop.eu , the EU Commission apparently decided not to renew Euranet Plus’ contract, according to Ouest-France. Mr Bos spoke earlier… » read more

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Irene Toporkoff [Media Demain/ Youtube] Irene Toporkoff is the co-founder of a Paris venture providing ‘translated journalism’, adapting articles into English from top national media. She talked with EurActiv Founder Christophe Leclercq, as part of the #Media4EU editorial series, about various approaches to syndication, market trends and hurdles that the EU could help overcome.  … » read more

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  On 3rd May, during World Press Freedom Day, BOZAR, I-Minds, ULB & VUB and many supporters including EurActiv organized a major event: Difference Day. It was successful and is likely to be repeated in 2016. Notably, a ‘Europe’ panel took place. I was one of the speakers, alongside VDI Nachrichten & Die Welt correspondent… » read more

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Last month, Fondation EurActiv released its ‘Yellow Overview’ with 6 recommendations for independent and sustainable media in Europe at an event gathering 120+ policy-makers, stakeholders and media representatives in the European Parliament. (You can read more on this here, and in my previous #Media4EU blog posts.) Call for a High Level Group for a healthy… » read more

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Chers ami(e)s et partenaires d’EurActiv, L’année 2015 commence bien pour vous? Nous sortons d’une année politique de renouvellement européen des dirigeants et des priorités. C’est maintenant le temps des législations débattues et des actions mises en œuvre dans les pays. Le réseau EurActiv en 12 langues y prendra toute sa part, depuis 12 capitales. Nous… » read more

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This is a lightly edited version of my speaking note for an event held at the EU Delegation on January 15. The event was ‘off the record’, to foster real debate as it did, but I do not mind publishing my own speech, in ‘Chatham House’ style. I heard some variety of views in Washington,… » read more

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A PDF version of the “Yellow Overview” document can be downloaded here. ORIGINS & PROCESS: BY MEDIA PROFESSIONALS OVER the PAST 18 MONTHS The media are facing dual crises: economic and digital. A working group[1] of journalists, publishers and other media experts have studied the European media landscape, including many past failures at EU level.… » read more

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The media are facing dual crises: economic and digital. A working group of journalists, publishers and other media experts have studied the European media landscape, including many past failures at EU level. The Association of European Journalists, present in many countries, asked Christophe Leclercq to chair this group. A Draft paper was prepared and circulated… » read more

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Sharing best practices is constructive and stimulating. Plus competition leads to continuous improvements. I welcome new attempts, see for example: RT @LeclercqEU: #Springer (Bild’) & Politico (US): bienvenue a BXL! Contrer le populisme, pas renforcer… #Media4EU http://t.co/DnvAne8N6T — Christophe Leclercq (@LeclercqEU) September 10, 2014 This cooperative approach builds on interactions in many relevant circles. EurActiv… » read more

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The first hope, better strategies by media companies themselves, is addressed elsewhere. Indeed, most European media attempts have failed so far. And here is why I share these findings freely. As for the political context, there are both idealistic, policy, and organisational aspects. The ‘European public space’ First, some in civil society and europoliticians alike… » read more

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The debates between ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ coloured the EP electoral campaign. EurActiv participated in this initiative as a media partner of each event and coverages the election campaigns in 10 languages. Ultimately, the European parties won the day. In the face of tremendous challenges and under pressure from Eurosceptics, the powerbrokers showed great responsibility in forming a… » read more

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I was invited yesterday to speak at the first European Digital Advocacy Summit, organised by Andras Baneth of European offices of the Public Affairs Council (PAC). Speaking after a keynote by Robert Madelin, I shared a panel with Bruno Waterfield of The Telegraph, on this topic: ‘sucessfull online & media engagement’. These are the main… » read more

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On Monday March 17, I addressed a Berlin debate between top candidates, heading party lists into the European elections: Alexander Graf Lambsdorff MdEP (FDP / ALDE), David McAllister MdL (CDU / EPP), Birgit Sippel MdEP (SPD / Socialists) and Gabi Zimmer MdEP (Die Linke / Left alternative). And last but not least, because she is… » read more

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This below is the summary of an unusual interview, hence done by me and published notably on BlogActiv, not a normal editorial video by a EurActiv journalist. Dan Luca worked 10 years for EurActiv, lately as European Network Director, in charge of EurActiv’s presence in 12 capitals, 12 languages. He already stood as MEP candidate… » read more

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Association with Ukraine is not over, but Russia and Turkey need to be consulted. When the course of history is influenced by the people, politicians must seize the opportunity to launch new and appealing projects. Protesters in Kiev in November/December 2013, waving EU flags, not only remind us of the Orange Revolution in 2004, but… » read more

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Late September, some of Brussels’ political figures and blue-sky thinkers got together and discussed a new language approach for the capital of Belgium… and of the European Union. Participants at the Marnix Plan launch event, organised on 28 September, could feel an optimism hanging in the air: there was a general willingness for politics to… » read more

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A session of the EuroPCom conference yesterday gathered communication or campaign directors from four parties: EPP, PES, ALDE, Greens, plus me as moderator. Despite euro-scepticism in the countries and frankly some cynicism in Brussels, I left the Delors building rather encouraged: yes, this campaign can make a difference. The main change is not in the… » read more

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