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Scientific experts are attempting to explain the EU’s communications paradoxes. In 2009, Prof. Peter Van Aelst analyzed the election campaign of the first President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, stressing that the basic rules of political campaigning were not applied. On the contrary, we have witnessed the opposite of the logic of campaigning.… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

If we look at the European communication history, we see a crucial moment: the referendum of 1992, when the Danish rejected the Maastricht Treaty. They will finally provide their approval next year, after the government negotiated several sectorial amendments, especially in the field of justice and home affairs, but also in terms of defense cooperation.… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Recently Jean-Claude Juncker was officially elected President of the European Commission. One year before the European Elections were scheduled, even the most fanatical federalist did not believe that the Primaries could really nominate the EU chief executive. It’s paradoxical, but even after the European elections of 25 May 2014, chances were over 50% for the… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Performance to date of the High Representative for the European Union, Catherine Ashton, was good, but without political charisma. Rumour had it that she was the perfect High Representative, one that did not eclipse the personalities of some foreign ministers of EU member countries. Now it is again up to the European socialists, who have… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Over the last 15 years EurActiv has developed a unique concept of understanding the EU affairs landscape, both in Brussels and in the main EU capitals. Combining expertise in political science with communication and technology, EurActiv is now more than a media: it is a knowledge centre of expertise on EU communication techniques. To support… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

EurActiv Institute is in the midst of organising an unusual event at the premises of the European Parliament for July 8, 2014. Several “project promoters” are aiming to highlight a range of the latest innovative tools available to MEPs during their 2014-2019 Mandate. Over the last 15 years EurActiv has developed a unique concept of… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

A new team of MEPs was elected in the May 2014 European Parliament elections. Across 28 countries, 751 people were elected, but those are not the only statistics: a record number of euro skeptics got elected, some MEPs are already so solidified in Brussels that they have no idea about the national reality (anymore), and… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Often, whether it is governmental or parliamentary activity, we tend to make two mistakes: we tend to believe that “everybody is the same” (preferably “inefficient and corrupt”), and to reverse the rule of exception and thereby harming the image of the institution (“how to have confidence in Brussels, if Le Pen is there?”). The truth… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Many people are surprised about Romania, about it being a country of paradoxes. Romania has one of the fastest broadband connections in the world on the one hand, and roads full of old-fashioned carts on the other, and not only in the villages. The reason for the quality of broadband is to take a leap;… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

A representation of Romanian interests in European and international structures cannot be truly effective without active Romanian representatives in European and international business structures, like corporates and European associations. Firstly you have to be present where needed, and then make them realise their need to act on the measure of power and interests. Of course,… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca