The Ivory Tower: A new German question.

Next to a bunch of interviews out of the field, this new page called ‘The Ivory Tower’ collects long reads that could give interesting perspectives from a theoretical point of view. Smart people enough on the internet, right.

Its aim is to have a collection of articles from different political perspectives. But, since we are always biased ourselves, we can always use the help of you.

So, if you have an interesting article to share, post it in the comments section directly. Or,  if you think it deserves more attention then a spot in the comments section, e-mail it to insideeuropeblog [at] All e-mailed articles will be published, including the e-mail itself without your name or e-mail address. (to give it some context on the ‘why’ it should be published.

Today, an article from British historian Timothy Garton Ash on the new German Question, published in the New York Review of Books:

There is a new German question. It is this: Can Europe’s most powerful country lead the way in building both a sustainable, internationally competitive eurozone and a strong, internationally credible European Union? Germany’s difficulties in responding convincingly to this challenge are partly the result of earlier German questions and the solutions found to them. Yesterday’s answers have sown the seeds of today’s question.

Read more here.

Image: Angela Merkel; drawing by James Ferguson


Getting the right numbers: the Brussels press corps


To get a better grasp of the amount of journalists covering ‘EU’ related topics, I searched my way around the Internet and found several articles about the decline of the press corps. Here and here for instance. According to the International Press Association (IPA) in Brussels, the number of accredited reporters shrunk from some 1,300 in 2005 to 964 in 2009 (source).

Numbers are always a great way to tell juicy stories. Leave the context out, tweak it a bit, and you can make several stories out of the same numbers. To start my little investigation on the numbers, I asked the accreditation office at the European Commission what their numbers are, and I received this list:



The increase between March and July is partially due to a number of journalists being accredited temporarily for replacing their colleagues during the summer holidays, according to the office.

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Jaka’s Cartoon: the world of lobbying.

The coming weeks we will publish two conversations. One with a lobbyist and one with an ex-lobbyist, both working in the Brussels bubble. Our cartoonist Jaka has his own views on the world of lobbying.


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