Today’s the last day for almost 2 weeks that I’m sat at my desk in my office – I’m off to London teaching EU politics and to meet website clients, to Vienna for a PES Activists Forum where I’ll be presenting about the use of the internet, I have a quick stop in Bratislava to meet an old friend from Norway, then it’s back to the UK for some more teaching at Sunningdale. In short it’s going to be manic, and posting here is going to be quite light.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the journey will be Wednesday next week at the finals of the New Statesman New Media Awards. Somehow or other whodoicall.eu, the small EU politics campaign I’ve been running with Jan has reached the final 3 in the Campaigning for Change category. I’m sure we don’t have a chance against the much larger projects we’re up against, but it’s a privilege to just be there. I’ll try to post some updates from the awards – surely they must have wireless at the awards ceremony for New Media Awards! 🙂
[UPDATE – 27.06.08, 1600]
There are some interesting bits and pieces about the Austrian SPÃ–’s change of position on Eurotopics (in English) and from Die Presse (in German). Yes, the EU does need new means of democratic legitimization, but countries unilaterally announcing commitments to referendums as a result of national posturing and internal party tensions is a useless reason.