Now that you people across the Union have learned that Europe cannot do anything without or against Germany (here, here, here, here, here + here) it’s time you’ve all learned what Germans think when it comes to you guys, beyond the border. I give you without further ado, the key to the motor of the European Union, the German EU blogosphere:
- Café Babel is a project that you most likely know already. It’s got a German version, too.
- citizeneurope observes closely (and comments on) European issues from a national perspective.
- Der (europäische) Föderalist (“the European Federalist”) believes that democracy doesn’t stop at national borders.
- e-comm is an Austrian blog that covers the European TelComms Policy.
- Europa-BlogJ is a blog that I’ve just found through Google. It has only written in August of this year, but I’ll keep an eye on it.
- Europolice is critically monitoring the European police.
- Karpfenteich (or “Carp pond”) is run by a Berlin based media analyst. It doesn’t really have an intentional focus I guess. Lately Karpenteich covered the eurofinances.
- Kartellblog (or “antitrust blog”) is covering current developments in antitrust law. In thas it covers developments on the EU level as well. (Fun fact: In the about section of the blog the author actually apologises to his readers that he’s got to mention EU law from time to time.) — Update Dec 3, 2011: As Andreas pointed out in the comments I might have gotten the wrong impression here. He has meant general EU law instead of specific antitrust EU law.
- Lettland (Latvia), Litauen (Lithuania) and Estland (Estonia) are all three very similiar blogs giving an insight into these three member states.
- Lobbycontrol is watching lobbyists in Berlin and Brussels.
- Lost in Europe is written by a Brussels based freelance journalist and offers commentary on current EU politics.
- Nachbar (or “neighbour) is focussing on EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. the author is writing for the German version of Euractiv.
- Netzpolitik is probably the most read blog in the German speaking world. It’s a blog you cannot avoid if you want to keep up with all things digital in German politics. As such it’s kind of the megaphone for the German digital activism for the freedom of the internet, net neutrality and what not. From time to time its authors feature EU issues if they’re of relevance to Germany.
- Mayers Europablog is the blog of Austrian EU journalist Thomas Mayer who writes for the Austrian daily “Der Standard”.
- Treffpunkt Europa (or “Meeting point Europe”) is collective blog effort by members of the German chapter of the Young European Federalists, a youth initiative that’s advocating for a united Europe. This blog is the German language version of thenewfederalist.eu (EN), taurillon.org (FR) and eurobull.it (IT). Similar is the blog of its regional chapter in Schleswig Holstein (Europa Bewegen).
- Vasistas? (do read the anecdote of its meaning!) is bilingually linking the French and the German blogospheres. It is focussing on the digital rights and freedoms of citizens and brought much attention (also via Netzpolitik) of the neighbour’s digital policy missteps such as the German data retention or website blocking efforts and the French Hadopi law.
- Verfassungsblog (Constitutional blawg) keeps you up to date on matters of Constitutional Policy in German, Europe and elsewhere.
- Wortwallungen (Its translation would mean something powerful in words starting to move, I guess. Probably something like “words aboiling”.) is also an Austrian euroblog. It covers a whole variety of EU policy news.
- Who am I missing here?
Obviously I have to talk about methodology here and how, or better yet why, I selected these blogs. For apparent reasons I only mentioned blogs that have published a post in the last six months or so. (Applying this criteria pretty much narrows the whole thing down to the aforementioned blogs.) There is a great chance that one of the missing blogs would post another story in the near future but as of today I would count this blog as inactive (like mine most of the year, but that’s another story). Just to name a few, these German language blogs (that I know of) stopped publishing in the course of 2010 or 2011: E-Blogs, Europa-Digital, Europa-Transparent, Gärtner, planet in progress, Politikbeobachter, German version of Toute l’Europe.
Moreover, I have not included blogs by Members of the German parliaments (federal or regional) or the European Parliament although I certainly should have. But to be honest I don’t really read them on a regular basis. I follow the simply rule: If the news is relevant to me, it will reach me. I’m also missing company blogs on EU regulation in the fields that concern them. If you know of those blogs, please do also share them.
Also, I chose to present blogs that don’t necessarily have their main focus on EU issues but from time to time include a European perspective in their blogging. It’s more “European” than simply blogging on institutional or communication stuff all day (which I do here on europaeum) if you ask me. Finally I’ve added Austrian blogs if they publish in German to balance the whole Germany theme here. Also the list would be way more depressing if I left these out.
Updated 1 December, 2011: Find a more accurate list as extracted from the bloggingportal here.