Those of us who read serious papers and magazines cannot have missed the fact that, in spite of progress being made on all kinds of fronts, women rarely represent more than a third of those pictured. And if they are represented in those pages, they are often portrayed as side-kicks or props instead of as actors in their own right or mistresses of their destiny. White men in suit and tie, apparently, are half of what the real world is about. The other half seems to be about men doing sports. Depicting real women seems of little concern. Read more »
When cycling around Brussels’ Schuman Square – something to be done with great care – a building-size banner with portraits of the new European Commissioners, looks down on you from the EC headquarters. The new Juncker team presents itself to the public, accompanied by a clear message: ‘a New Start for Europe’.
So, what is new in Europe? A brand new Commission and Parliament of course, but also new ambitions, work programmes and political realities. A good moment therefore, to reflect Read more »
Many civil society organisations that support a secretariat at EU level, face recurring difficulties with respect to their internal communications. Members feel that the information on what is happening in Brussels is: not enough, too much, not the right kind or not at the right moment. Inversely, secretariats often feel that members do not provide them with the input they need to successfully lobby at EU level. Read more »