Friday, 20 November 2009

Grahnlaw ─ virtual library with 1,400 posts on EU politics and law

A few days ago Grahnlaw (in English) passed the mark of 1,400 blog posts published on European Union law and EU politics. The Lisbon Treaty has been at the core of the blog. During a long time, the legal changes, Article by Article, were at the centre. Lately, political questions regarding the ratification process and the implementation of reform treaty have been on top; the amending treaty finally enters into force 1 December 2009.

Grahnlaw can be described as a virtual library of EU law and politics, because the daily visitors do not only read the latest articles. Each day, readers access a few hundred different web pages with archived posts containing facts or opinion.

From very modest beginnings two and a half years ago, the number of visitors has kept rising steadily, except for the few months with no or with light blogging. About 95 per cent of the readers come from Europe and North America. Visitors with other languages than English represent between 40 and 50 per cent of the visitors.

The EU institutions, national administrations, media, organisations, businesses, educational and research institutions are represented among the visitors. Interested EU citizens are an important group of readers.

Because of spam comments, I felt that I had to start moderating, but civil comments on topic are much appreciated. General or off topic feedback can be given by email.

At a personal level, writing the blog is a learning experience, which serves my interest in a democratic future for the European Union, for the Lisbon Treaty is still very far from a federation based on the consent and political choices of the EU’s citizens.

Blogging is also training for speaking and lecturing engagements.

In addition, the Euroblogosphere offers me a sense of community with active EU citizens, across national borders and language barriers.

Ralf Grahn

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