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Looking at Europe through American eyes

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UW students getting to grips with European integration!

Two things have particularly impressed me during my first two weeks as a European Union Fellow at the University of Washington.

The first is the warm welcome and useful advice I have received from the people I am working with at the University, particularly Phil Shekleton and his colleagues at the Jackson School of International Studies.

The second is how interested and well informed both faculty and students are here about events thousands of kilometres away in the European Union.  The breadth and depth of their knowledge is impressive, although clearly the Euro crisis continues to dominate both the press coverage and public image of the EU on this side of the Atlantic.

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Digital media and active citizenship: the Matosinhos story

Helder Gonçalves, Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos

Helder Gonçalves, Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos

Matosinhos is a medium-sized city in the north of Portugal, with a population of some 170,000.  But this is a town that punches above its weight when it comes to digital media, earning Matosinhos several national and international awards.

Much of the credit for these achievements is due to Helder Gonçalves, who coordinates the Municipality’s digital presence virtually single-handed.  The Matosinhos story can serve as inspiration for other towns who are wondering what results can be achieved with a relatively modest investment of resources in digital media.

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Communicating the State of the European Union

When President Barroso stood up to make his annual State of the European Union (SOTEU) speech to the European Parliament on 12 September, his immediate audience was the hundreds of MEPs packed into the chamber in Strasbourg.

But digital media helped to relay the messages contained in the speech to a much wider public, as well as providing a forum for feedback and debate.  The communication of the 2012 State of the Union speech mobilized one of the broadest arrays of online tools seen so far for a political event of this kind at EU level.

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