Mapping the Euroblogosphere: what are the must-read EU political blogs?

July 12, 2010

Difficult question, one to which we would be tempted to answer: all of them. But as that wouldn’t be of much help, we’ve had a go at making our own selection of the must-read EU political blogs, also known as Euroblogs.

Inspired by previous attempts such as those of NoseMonkey, Jon Worth, the Bloggingportal and Lobby Planet, we’ve created Fleishman-Hillard’s own selection of Euroblogs in our brand new Netvibes page here, for anyone to follow with ease if you don’t do so already. Netvibes is a time-saving tool that allows you to see on one single web page the headlines of all your favourite websites.

We have chosen to classify the blogs in the following categories: journalists, citizens -blogs whose authors write in their personal capacity-, EU officials, Commissioners, MEPs, corporate, and collectively written blogs – including NGOs, think tanks and political parties. As Steffen explained last week, in the current state of the EU blogosphere there are not yet quite enough EU political blogs to make a classification by policy sector, but hopefully this is changing and we’ll soon be able to develop a parallel policy dashboard.

Beyond the author categories we have selected 10 must-read Euroblogs. What are the must-read Euroblogs? The longest-standing? The most read? The most quoted? The most controversial? The most productive? The English-speaking ones? Well, there is no magic formula. Our selection is a combination of objective criteria and insider knowledge of the blogging community. It’s a selection of some of the most emblematic Euroblogs.

Finally, in our selection of top EU political blogs, we have added the feeds of Bloggingportal and Blogactiv. The Bloggingportal’s team of volunteer editors selects the best EU-related blog posts amongst over 600 blogs. You can also subscribe by email to Bloggingportal’s weekly digest here. Taking a look at the articles posted on the blogging platform Blogactiv can also give you an indication of what the trending topics in the EU blogosphere are.

This Euroblog selection will evolve with time for two main reasons:

In short, this is work in progress so feel free to suggest edits or additions! We hope you will find it useful and that it will help you get more familiar with the Euroblogging community.

Laurence

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9 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Hoover  |  July 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I don’t spot any eurosceptic blogs in there.

    Is that because Fleishman-Hillard depends on the existence of the EU, and it wouldn’t look good to your clients if you promoted scepticism?

  • 2. Laurence  |  July 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

    @Hoover the blogs we have put in our Netvibes are not blogs we “promote” but blogs we find interesting, although we might not always agree with what is written in it! If you have suggestions of other blogs, feel free to send them to us!

  • 3. Steffen  |  July 13, 2010 at 10:35 am

    @Hoover. Dan Hannan and Open Europe are in there. Hardly europhiles!

  • 4. mademoisellep  |  July 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    You should spot this (great) map of the eurosphere (Jon Worth already seen it last year at the PDF Europe) made by linkfluence : http://fr.linkfluence.net/2009/11/20/cartographie-de-leurosphere/

  • 5. Laurence  |  July 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks Mademmoisellep! Yes I was actually at PdF last year when linkfluence presented this study. Good job.

  • 6. David Herman  |  July 17, 2010 at 1:38 am

    This study seems to have been quite well spread among bloggers, which is a welcome news despite the report’s limitations.

    We also just published a reaction on our blog to the core issue of effective use of online tools entitled “Online EU affairs communication: where are you, creative people?” – curious to have your views: http://www.eutraining.eu/blog_comment/cid-45/last_page-1/post_limit-10

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