A delightful time was had by all at last night’s launch debate/party for Tomorrow’s Europe in Brussels – except my feet, which got pounded by the picturesque Brussels cobbles (thanks to be being too cheap to get a taxi) and then soaked by the decidedly less picturesque Brussels rain (for the self-same reason).
An array of intriguing people also met, from high-profile politicos through to the chap behind tip-top French superblog Euros du Village, and in my absence the new project that took me to Belgium has gone live, so go have a look-see:
I’ve got two vaguely introductory posts up so far, which should give you an idea of what we’re hoping to achieve, with many more to follow – from me and a range of experts from academics to MEPs through a few choice Brussels bureaucrats, bloggers and more. Go have a gander:
Introduction to dLiberation
Next up, later today, will be Professor James Fishkin of Stanford University – the mastermind of Deliberative Polling – explaining the basic thinking behind the methodology of the Tomorrow’s Europe event, around which the blog will be focussing its attention.
I’ve also got a fair few posts lined up looking at the content of last night’s debate, featuring the likes of EU constitution mastermind and former President of France ValÃ©ry Giscard d’Estaing, current Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato, blogging commissioner Margot WallstrÃ¶m (whom I accosted last night and got an assurance that she’d try to contribute to the dLiberation blog), and the entertaining Danish eurosceptic MEP Jens-Peter Bonde (from whom I also extracted a promise to write for us).
Should be fun – that link again: dLiberation – pop over and help me kick-start a much-needed debate about the role of democracy in the future of the EU. You know you want to…