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Have promised my friend in Berlin 1600 words on EU enlargement fatigue, and coalescent the same or more on Zoran Živković, by end of week. Problem is, I am in Greece on Friday, leaving late Thursday and returning very early Saturday; and there is a Georgian Embassy reception tomorrow as their prime minister is in town. So that leaves this evening, or the weekend.

You know what? It's awfully warm, Brazil are playing Croatia, I'm pretty tired, so I think it's going to be the weekend. coalescent's deadline is the 19th anyway. Berlin will just have to wait. (In fact, the entire city appears to be watching the match.)


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Jun. 13th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Suppose I shouldn't remind you, then, that you also owe me an article.
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah - yours is basically written, I can certainly finish it off this evening. Thanks for reminding me.
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
When the rest of the world is watching soccer the rest of us can come out and play in the empty streets, or catch up on our reading.

Rest up. Burnout is very unpretty indeed.
Jun. 14th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)
I'm so not following the WC ... I'm just bummed Lost is cancelled when there's a match!

About EU enlargment fatigue - I don't know whether I could write 1600 words about it, but I do think a lot of it has to do with the failing of the Constitution, the scare for the national market and unemployment, and the fact a lot is coming out now about gigantic costs for the EU that nobody really knows why they're made - at least that's the case in Belgium. I'm not tired of the EU really, but I do wonder why it is necessary to include certain countries so fast while knowing that they're certainly not up to par yet. I know there's some kind of reasoning behind it that they're better off with us than with Russia or the US ... that everyone that is not against us could be with us or the other way around but I think the EU-positives are wanting things too fast, too sloppy. People aren't following anymore. I know myself I currently have an idea about who's in and who's not, but I'm not certainly sure. Maybe you can enlighten me on whether my idea about this is correct or not ?

Jun. 14th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Nick, the following is a link to an article in the guardian today

Maybe you can enlighten me on whether my idea about this is correct or not ?

for you, i found the following speech from Olli Rehn (which was actually cancelled)
my strategy for the future of enlargement is based on three Cs: consolidation of the enlargement agenda, rigorous application of conditionality, and better communication

the first question is, is his strategy failing?

Jun. 14th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
I think it is. Communication has never been worse about it. I'm personally pro-Europe, but even I am starting to feel we only get the annoyances of it and not the benefits. Now everyone's running around yelling "save the constitution!" as if they shouldn't think about what went wrong in the first place. People voted NO in France, mostly because they're against their own leader, whom they elected only because he was up against extreme right. And national governments are quick to say "but Europe wants it" when they're coming with unpopular measures. Truth is, everything is Europe now. But people don't know that.

Thanks for the link :)
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
no problem
i added you on myspace btw

I like the EC Communications for making a special effort but its our media being idiots and not picking up the useful stuff because basically its detailed, long and very technical.

So a journalist is unlikely to look at anything unless its strikingly important

i believe completely in what you say, what happens in one part of europe tends to come back and affect us in some way.

i think the people of france are just as much to blame as the government for its economic malaise
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
I've accepted your request :) I'm not very active on MySpace though, more on here and on my blogger blog ( mostly in Dutch )

I can see that about the media though. I've studied Communication Sciences after all. I think Europe news is just more interesting when it's about doom, scandals, money wasted, etc. But it's the only image we have, as citizens. Maybe the Eu needs to make an effort to have less technical communication, and more direct. I remember reading an interview, couldn't tell you with whom ( I can't keep all my Knack issues anymore due to place issues ) , but the tone was overly positive about the Eu and its accomplishments, and I do remember thinking that was entirely not what you'd get from the normal media. But not so many people read magazines like Knack.

And France, well, don't take me wrong, I have French ancestry lol, but I think the French are always one war behind in opinions. They've been lulled by social acquisitions, yet they refuse to make an effort for the economy. That's the case in many countries, but more so in France, where the will to dialogue is almost shot, especially due to the violence in the streets. However, I did support the reaction against the CPE, as it was a poorly made proposition, AND it was badly communicated. All people heard was that they were allowed to be fired without a reason, which opens the doors for many abuses. Which is true, but wasn't the only thing about the CPE, so it could've been simply altered, amended or whatever, not completely shot. On top of that the de Villepin government now has no ground to stand on when it wants to change other things, the fear for violence is very high. I hold my heart for the next elections, it's going to be a bloodbath I'm afraid.
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