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Hey journalists! I’m glad to see you’re writing about trains! ÖBB running its first NightJet to Brussels seems to have got you into a particular frenzy. It’s amazing what a bit of red carpet at Gare du Midi, and Martin Selmayr on board, can do to generate a bit of […]

The post Don’t be distracted by ÖBB’s shiny night train to Brussels – the problems of EU-wide rail run far deeper appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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“Jon, did you know?” a friend asked me today. “There’s now Eurostar Brussels to Amsterdam and it’s cheaper than the Thalys!” As a rail nerd I did of course know it exists but I have not had the chance to take it yet. But that gave me the idea for a […]

The post How to book Brussels-Amsterdam rail tickets – a further example of the absurdity of cross border rail in the EU appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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Most of my energy in the past few months has been invested in explaining what I think will happen with Brexit – mostly through my series of Brexit diagrams. This has left rather little mental capacity to think about what should happen. This is a blog post to try to address that. First […]

The post What actually ought to happen in matters Brexit now? Really long delay is the best bet appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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In 2014 the race to become President of the European Commission – using the new Spitzenkandidat process – was a two-horse race, and months ahead everyone knew who would likely win – Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP). Martin Schulz (PES) put in energy and determination, but the EPP emerged as the largest party after […]

The post EU top jobs – were we just lucky in 2014? appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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So the Heads of State and Government put in an all-nighter at the European Council in Brussels. And this morning at the time of writing there is still no consensus as to who will get any of the EU’s top jobs, President of the European Commission foremost among the positions […]

The post The EU top jobs merry-go-round – over to you, European Parliament? appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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A short while ago I needed to buy a plant pot so headed off to my local Hellweg DIY store. And EU flag was fluttering in front of the building, and placards inside told me “Hellweg zeigt Flagge für Europa!” (Hellweg is showing the flag for Europe!) Arriving back home […]

The post In Germany everyone cares about the EU, but not really about the European Parliament election appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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It has been a while since I last wrote about teaching about the EU through simulation games. Now, in light of further experience, it is high time to return to this topic. I’ve now run 4 negotiation simulations at the College of Europe in Bruges (together with my colleagues Pierpaolo […]

The post 4 years of simulation games about the EU – some reflections appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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I gave a speech this week to PES members of the Committee of the Regions about digital communication in the run up to the European Parliament elections. The Q&A with the members was especially interesting, and one question – from a mayor from Greece – prompted me to write this […]

The post Why are populists better at digital communication than the “mainstream”? appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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Straightforward honesty, clear ethics, transparency of motives and behaviour, and an ability to acknowledge when one is wrong, are personal values I personally hold dear, and they are – I would argue – values that the general public would like to also see from their politicians. The problem is, as […]

The post The personal ethics required to become a politician are the very opposite of what the public hope to see in their politicians appeared first on Jon Worth Euroblog.

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