This week’s edition of Café Babel gives an overview of the impact of blogs on EU politics – read the edition here. Interesting for me to read this issue now – I’ve only just completed this article for The New Federalist about the same subject. However, like much of what is written on Café Babel, I am left quite confused.
There are 6 articles in total about blogging and EU politics, yet a coherency between them is lacking. Further, probably the most important EU politics collaborative blogging effort – Fistful of Euros – is strangely absent from any of the analysis. Little-known sites such as BlogEuropa.eu and Nicola Dell’Arciprete are featured instead. JEF-France’s Taurillon gets a mention, but not a link to the page.
Café Babel’s efforts to deal with EU blogging are similar to their everyday work – their website is presented in a professional way, but it is hard to know what quality or coherency of information you will get when you read the site. I also fear the issue of translation is at play here – the insistence that all articles appear in all languages does prevent the best prose appearing. Still, I’m happy they have broached the subject of blogging and it will be a long time before a consensus emerges as to its impact.