Is Greta Thunberg revealing the weaknesses of global constitutionalism?

2019-03-26T11:49:40+00:00March 26th, 2019|Opinion|

Few days ago, a remarkable number of people gathered in 123 countries and 2050 cities in order to put pressure on power-holders, urging them to act on climate change. This movement – called Fridays for future – was inspired, as most of you already know, by Greta Thunberg, a 16-years old Swedish girl who is [...]

Does the “good” lobbyist exist?

2019-03-15T09:17:13+00:00March 15th, 2019|Opinion|

By Bert Fraussen* As attention to lobbying activities of firms, NGOs and citizens increases, there is more and more talk about “ethical”, “responsible” or “good” lobbying. After each lobbying scandal, this debate intensifies, as the revelation of unethical activities by lobbyists are often followed by calls for a better regulation of the role of external [...]

Publication of “Social Media for Change” by Alexander Mäkelä

2019-02-07T09:34:36+00:00February 7th, 2019|Opinion|

Brussels - February 4, 2019 – The Good Lobby announces the release of “Social Media for Change”, an open access tool-kit authored by Alexander Mäkelä, a former Facebook public policy associate based in Brussels, on how to use social media responsibly and effectively. The how-to-guide covers a range of tools, resources and social media best [...]

EUROPE’S SHAMEFUL SILENCE – AN OPEN LETTER TO EU LEADERS FROM JEAN MONNET CHAIRS

2019-01-16T12:10:24+00:00January 16th, 2019|Opinion|

EUROPE'S SHAMEFUL SILENCE - AN OPEN LETTER TO EU LEADERS FROM JEAN MONNET CHAIRS Brussels, 16th January 2019 – On 1 December 2018, after a long running campaign of harassment, the Hungarian government forced the Central European University to leave Hungary. Jean Monnet Chairs Professor Alberto Alemanno, Professor R. Daniel Kelemen and Professor Laurent Pech [...]

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S FAILURE TO VERIFY EPP AND ACRE’S COMPLIANCE WITH EU VALUES CHALLENGED IN COMPLAINT TO EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN

2019-10-16T07:35:09+00:00January 11th, 2019|Opinion|

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S FAILURE TO VERIFY EPP AND ACRE'S COMPLIANCE WITH EU VALUES CHALLENGED IN COMPLAINT TO EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN Brussels, 11th January 2019 — Since the last September, the European Parliament has been asked to verify whether the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe might have breached EU law by letting Fidesz and the [...]

#StopGlyphosate: is there Safety in Numbers?

2017-11-27T07:38:23+00:00November 27th, 2017|Opinion|

#StopGlyphosate: is there Safety in Numbers? by Adriano Cerquetti * “When a man with 45 meets a man with a rifle, the man with a pistol is a dead man. Let’s see if that is true”. This quotation from the Western-Masterpiece “A Fistful of Dollars” is quite appropriate for explaining the Monsanto vs. StopGlyphosate debate. [...]

Secrecy surrounding selection of EU Judges challenged in complaint to European Ombudsman

2017-11-20T07:27:44+00:00November 20th, 2017|Opinion|

Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg Secrecy surrounding selection of EU Judges challenged in complaint to European Ombudsman   Madrid/Brussels, 20 November 2017 – Access Info Europe, represented by the EU Public Interest Clinicand The Good Lobby, has submitted a new complaint to the European Ombudsman about the refusal of the Council of [...]

IS PARTICIPATION A COMPLEMENT TO REPRESENTATION?

2017-11-02T21:37:39+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Opinion|

 IS PARTICIPATION A COMPLEMENT TO REPRESENTATION?  by Lourenço Jardim de Oliveira*   Participatory democracy is a popular idea. But the large diversity of public and private initiatives across democratic countries doesn’t mean we’re doing it the right way. In fact, participatory exercises are often categorized or used as communication strategies which somehow would complement the [...]

DEMOCRACY AND THE CATALAN CRISIS

2017-10-31T15:52:10+00:00October 31st, 2017|Opinion|

DEMOCRACY AND THE CATALAN CRISIS by Yaron Hubin* The Crisis in Catalonia represents not simply a crisis of political mismanagement but a realization that our systems are more fragile than they appear. Democracy is only as strong as our collective belief in it. Once that collective belief is lost, it’s hard to bring back. There is [...]

GAMIFICATION, CROWDSOURCING AND CIVIC TECH

2017-10-31T15:49:07+00:00October 31st, 2017|Opinion|

GAMIFICATION, CROWDSOURCING AND CIVIC TECH by Gianluca Sgueo* Gamification, “crowdsourcing” and “civic technology” share some features. Both gamification and crowdsourcing combine a bottom-up, open, creative process with top-down organizational goals. Experiments with gamification in the public sector may be compared with ‘reformist’ and ‘transforms’ forms of civic tech. The post discusses these similarities in order to [...]

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