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Money makes the values go around 4 NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 5 Months, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
What’s about the planned EU-pilot-project to support so called Investigative Journalism, I asked the EU-Commission when I came back in January to Brussels: “The project was cancelled late last year”, I was told by the European Comm...
Money makes the values go around 3 NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes ago
Death before birth? No EU-money for investigative journalism? Is this the fate of the “Pilot Project on Investigative Journalism (PPIJ)“,? It should start 2011 -  officially spoken: on initiative of the European Parliament. But the pro...
Money makes the values go around 2 NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Funny experience, I made over the last days of  ’investigative research‘ on a new EU-budgetline to support ’investigative research’. Interesting topics: there is a running EU call to choose a “Assistant ServicesR...
Money makes the values go around 1 NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Fascinating developments in the field of journalism and their ‘stakeholders’ in the pipeline. There seems to be a new EU-2011-budgetline - for investigative journalism. This, and the publication of a call for tender with a lot of tend...
Brussels Doublespeak – Lesson 1 NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Don’t trust their words – that’s lesson 1, if you want to understand, what really happens in the Brussel bubble. It seems, that George Orwells fiction “1984″ becomes step by step reality. Doublespeak is used – not...
Know- or No-Day? NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Is there enough transparency for the citizen or even the ‘decision-maker’, to know and understand, what happens in politics, companies or administrations? No. “Transparency” is a  buzz-word – at least for many politici...
GIJC 2011 – let’s communicate NEW
Europa-Transparent 4 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
  Think political, not formal. Journalists and their readers should come closer to the issues of power. In the ongoing media-crisis the ‘window of opportunity’ is still open, to re-invent media and the public-sphere - for instance by so...
Self-Devaluation of media NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
It’s more and more dangerous publishing articles, comments and even cartoons in a paper or in the web. The famous western value ‘freedom of speech’ seems to go down gradually in value – in mother-countries of democracy and...
Wanted: Casino-Watchdogs NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
There are not enough lobbyists in Brussels. That’s the message of an appeal of a lot of members of the European Parliament of several political groups. Interesting – this cry for help and support in front of the powerful financial-market...
The Merkelized Europe NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Are we living in a ‘merkelized’ Europe - wait and see nothing? Thats seems to be the mood on the eve of the June-summit. It will last only one day. Does this mean, the EU-heads of state even gave up the idea, to talk profoundly about the...
Declaration of insolvency NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The letter of  the President  of the French Republic and the Federal Chancellor of Germany to “His Excellency José Manuel Barroso President of the European Commission” is a declaration of insolvency – and part of the ongoing blam...
Good bye, free Internet? NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
There are at least two ‘hidden’-topics on the European agenda of vested interests, where real in depth reporting is missing or reporting is – even worse – misleading the public. First, the ongoing crisis on the financial mark...
Euro-politicians out of control NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Hard times. Not only in policy and economy. Many citizens ask in these days of inflation on the horizon: how to organize my professional and private life? Is my little money in the Bank (or even in the public owned “Sparkasse”) still sa...
Sta op en wandel NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
“Sta op en wandel!”, said Ides Debruyne in the preface of the book: “Jonge Honden – Is er nog toekomst voor de journalistiek?”(edited by Geert Zagers for the Fonds Pascal Decroos). How to survive as a freelance journali...
Principle of Hope NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The on and on-going crisises on the financial markets and the debt-crisis of the public entities demonstrates it again: there is no ‘leadership’ in the European Union, it’s ‘principle of hope’ which governs. And, but not...
Let’s take our money back NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
It looks, that we will get sooner or later a rather crude “hair-cut” of the value of our money – in short: an inflation of 20, 30, 40… %; everybody fears somthing like this, but there is no real public debate. Why? Politician...
Writing is resistance NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Something I learned already at day one of the “Global Investigative Journalism Conference” (GIJC 2010) in Geneva: in Brussels we have the EU-power-elite, who decides who’s in and out the bubble. Talking about classes – in Jour...
Too many Profiteers NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Who pays the bill of the ongoing and still deepening depth-crisis of the United States, Europe, Japan and a lot of other states? Definitely not the big players on the financial markets. They are “system-relevant”. Their politicians and states gua...
Pro-missing Journalism NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Does  media in Europa fill its tasks to inform about the real things and as watchdog criticizing bad and non-policy. In short: to offer orientation for their readers and listeners in a world, which citizens perceive as more and more complicated a...
EUROpean insolvency – islands for auction NEW
Europa-Transparent 5 Years, 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Wir warnen auf “Europa-Transparent” und im “EUobserver-Blog” schon seit Monaten vor der stillschweigenden Vorbereitung einer Art “Stunde Null” für Staaten und Währungen. Und siehe da: die Krise Griechenlands bri...