Off for a week

I am off the radar for a week. Really really out this time. So no blog posting, no twitting, …

Sorry. See you in about 10 days


TYMEP: First Contact

Tweet Your MEP went live today. I had a first technical experience yesterday (yes, I’m a privileged user) but the real stuff happened this afternoon.

Mostly good response to this new website, but two improvement are to be considered :

  • More selection: some users ask for more selection criteria like political group and region from country. I do believe the first half of this demand makes sense and would be relatively easy to implement.
  • Spam: Sign of success, the #tymep hashtag has been overloading some time lines with ten to twenty times the same question addressed each time to a different MEP. This is going to be a problem I think. Toute l’Europe.eu has to find a way to ease the twitting to multiple MEP otherwise people, citizen or MEPs might try to get away from TyMEP as much as possible.

Other than that, I still believe this site will be a great tool to get some information on the EU, and directly interact with the MEPs.


«Touïtte ioure meup» en avant première

(English Version)

Le site internet Toute l’Europe.eu lance le 22 septembre un nouvel outil de communication Citoyens/Eurodéputés: TweetYourMEP (Gazouille Ton Eurodéputé en Français – TyMEP pour faire court).

J’ai pu faire l’expérience en avant première de cet outil, je vous présente donc un petit décortiqué.

Parlons donc d’abord du site en lui-même:

L’aspect général est simple et efficace. On distingue différentes sections visuellement séparées par des cadres de couleurs différentes.

Vous pouvez rechercher les eurodéputés selon différends critères : par pays ou par thématique.

Une fois le critère de sélection choisi, vous accéderez à la liste des eurodéputés correspondants (enfin, seulement ceux qui ont un compte twitter). A vous de choisir votre interlocuteur et de l’interpeller. Les derniers tweets concernant ces eurodéputés sont également affichés et, cerise sur le gateau: vous pouvez sélectionner une traduction automatique dans la langue de votre choix.

TyMEP est un outil qui interagit avec twitter, il est donc recommandé de posséder ou créer un compte twitter. De plus, vos actions sur TyMEP sont répercutés sur votre compte twitter.

Un petit hick-up: Jerzy Buzek, président du Parlement Européen n’a pas droit à une place.

Pour résumer ma courte expérimentation avec TweetYourMEP, j’avoue que je peux penser à plusieurs situations pour lesquelles je me connecterais à TyMEP rapidement afin d’en savoir plus.

Ensuite, quelques réflexions sur ce site:

On connait déjà un certain nombre d’eurodéputé twittant – mais ils ne twittent pas tous régulièrement et je suis encore loin d’avoir 736 MEP dans ma time-line.

Il est évident que TyMEP ne sera un succès que si les eurodéputés jouent le jeu de twitter: hashtags(pas trop non plus), RT, réponses et pourquoi pas live-tweet, … bref, de la réactivité, de l’interactivité, du dialogue.

Certes, TyMEP sera utilisé par les bloggeurs européens pour interagir avec les eurodéputés et les interrogés, les journalistes spécialisés y trouveront une nouvelle source d’information (et avec un peu de chance, les journalistes non spécialisés non plus) ; mais le test ultime sera le citoyen bêta.

Pour conclure, TyMEP sera très certainement un outil pratique et utile pour les membre de l’euro-webo-sphere, et hopefully, étendra cette bulle  dans deux directions: vers les citoyens européens, et vers les eurodéputés qui sont invités à être plus actifs et présents sur le web2.eu.

Un hashtag à retenir: #tymep


Tweet Your MEP: first peek

(Version Francaise)

The Website Toute l’Europe.eu is launching, on Sept. 22nd, a new communication tool between Citizen and MEPs: TweetYourMEP (TyMEP for short).

I had the opportunity to try this tool a little early, and I give you my dissection.

First, the website :

The general layout of the site is plain, efficient, easy. We see several sections, visually separated by color frames.

You can search for MEPs following different criteria: by country, or by theme.

Once your selection made, you go to the list of mathcing MEPs (at least those that have a twitter account). Your choice on who to talk to. The last tweets from or to those MEPs are also displayed and, on the top of that, you can choose an automatic translation in the language of your choice.

TyMEP is a too interacting with twitter, it is therefore highly recommended to have or create  such an account. Moreover, your actions on TyMEP are  propagated to your twitter account.

A small hick-up: Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament couldn’t be found.

To summarize my short experience on TweetYourMEP, I have to admit I can think to a few situation when I’ll rush to TyMEP to get more info – and ask for it if necessary.

And now, a few thoughts:

A certain number of twitting MEPs are known – but they don’t all tweet regularly, and I’m still far away from having 736MEPs in my time-line.

It is an evidence that TyMEP will be a success if the MEPs play the twitter game: hashtags(but not too much), RT, replies, maybe even live-tweet,… in a word (or 3): reactivity, interactivity and dialog.

It is true that TyMEP will be mostly used by Euro-bloggers to interact with MEPs and ask them questions, also by specialized journalist that will find in it a new source of informations (and with a bit of luck by general journalists too) ; but the ultimate test will be the citizen.

To conclude, TyMEP will be a great, practical tool, useful to the members of the euro-webo-sphere; and hopefully, will extend this bubble in two differents ways: for the citizen, and for the MEPs, who are invited to be more active in the web 2.eu world.

The hashtag to remember: #tymep


Where the myths are born

The European Commission website contains a page listing Myths and rumours about the EU. Go ahead, read it: it’s hilarious.

There you can learn that Europe tried to ban noise in bars and DIY , force pigs breeder to give toys to the animals, change the definition of an island, and the euro coins can make your sick…

This list is just a fantastic example of how, when it comes to critics against European Union, nothing is too big

One can also notice that, even thought some of the presented myths come from France or Germany, most (like 90%) of the story originated on the other size of the channel ; not only from The Sun or The Daily Mail, … but some also from the BBC of the Guardian. It’s no too much of a surprise, let’s remember that a few months ago, rumors of the EU banning the selling of eggs by number has been spreading for about a week [*,*].

Anyway, we can forgive the (some) brits for the great laugh they give us.


Week of Sept 17th: update

Like last week, my weekend is too busy to be completely devoted to the usual weekly review of European news in French and English. So, like last week, I’ll give you just a quick update.

  • The week has been dominated by the most crazy series of events between France and… well, the rest of the world. Choose your adjective between fun, hallucinating, ridiculous, crazy, … in any case, I already blogged about it, other bloggers did,  and newspaper did mention the episodes, so refer to it…
  • In Turkey (candidate for membership since 1987) just approve a new constitution [*]
  • The European economy is doing well apparently: the growth forecast for the Union has been raised to 1.8% (1.7% for the Eurozone), up form less than 1%. [*,*]
  • The Euro has been rising during the week too, from less than $1.28 up to about $1.31 [*,*]
  • The Commission is proposing a ban or at least strong restriction on short selling [*]
  • Meanwhile, two third of the French are not happy with the Euro [*] according to a poll in conducted in June.
  • The European Special Olympics are organized in Warsaw [*]
  • The population of wild boar in Europe is getting larger to a problematic extent [*]
  • Finally, some MEPs created a Spinelli Group to promote a true European method and a federalist view [*,*]

And don’t forget this weekend are organized the European Heritage Days.

More posts and news after the weekend.


Time for a Time Out

OK, we had some fun, but it’s definitely past the time for a pause. All this fuss about France, Roma, N. Sarkozy, Commissionner Reding, … So, let’s just list the important point to remember/act on:

  • No, we won’t send all the Roma in Luxembourg, or in Paris, or in Bulgaria, that’s not the point
  • The comparisons – direct or not – with the any past discriminatory time need to stop, from everybody, it’s just not helping
  • Everybody in Europe has to understand/acknowledge the fact that Roma are facing integration problems in the whole Europe; and in some case are victim of discrimination.
  • The problem of Roma integration will not be solved by moving them around.
  • Governments have been slow, really slow, like dragging their feet and not caring – even France -, to address the issue.
  • The European Union is willing to help, but if the member states don’t want to participate, that won’t happen.
  • The center of the discussion must be the Roma population, it cannot be a trade between governments.
  • It is more than time to act on this issue, but a unilateral action, worse, a stupid action, is useless and can have sad consequences.