Saturday, 5 April 2008

European Union Law Blog

With about 100 million German speaking EU citizens – about one in five, actually – I have wondered at the scarcity of German blogs on EU law and politics. Jon Worth’s Euroblog helped me find Nicole Meβmers blog on EU politics. See:

Earlier I had noticed the blog of Jan Seifert, Jan’s EUblog:

But a blog on European law in general and especially the Treaty of Lisbon had eluded me. Now there is a cure, the European Union Law Blog, written by Michelle Potier in Leipzig, posting mainly in German (despite the English blog name). The latest posts have focused on the Lisbon Treaty and the ratification debate in an informative and timely manner. See this welcome blog on:

Despite the likeness of the names, the European Union Law Blog should not be confused with the EU Law Blog:

There is one similarity between all the blogs mentioned here: Recommended reading for everyone interested in EU politics or law.

Ralf Grahn

P.S. 6 April 2008: I apologise for the mistake above. I realised that I exaggerated the number of German speakers within the European Union. Perhaps 90 million would be more like a correct number, still a considerable proportion of about 490 million EU citizens in all.

In addition to being the official language of Germany and Austria, German has official status in Belgium and Luxembourg plus the Province of Bolzano-Bozen within the EU, as well as official status outside the EU in neighbouring Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

For more information you can read the Wikipedia article 'German language'

P.S. II: Consolidated versions of the Lisbon Treaty are due 15 April 2008, and in book form 9 May 2008 (Europe day).