Euro Election Round up…

EU flag in the Guinness Book of Records_2009-04-14 In the end Declan Ganley managed to round up a full 200 candidates in time for his party’s campaign launch in Rome yesterday, which unlocks that €200,000 in funding he was looking for… Ganley himself is given a fair chance of taking a seat in Ireland North and West, but it is not clear whether the appeal will travel beyond the peculiar bounds of Irish politics…- The Alliance Party leader has warned against the Euro elections locally turning into another tribal headcount… As you can tell from this brief interaction on Flickr, elsewhere in Europe they are actually concerned with European matters elsewhere…

– Angela Doyle talks to the three sitting MEPs in Ireland East on their secrets for European success…

– And Jeff Peel, now unshackled from any party whip notes that the Lady (Sylvia, that is) is not for turning her hand to the Tory cause in Ulster….

– Although England Expects has an interesting line on the Euro Parliament on what he sees as a false ‘national’ sentiment:

Here is the democratic representation of the European Demos. The Agora, the Tribune. Well sort of. The problem is that nobody actually votes on European matters. If they did there would be no need of the constant taxpayer funded initiatives to create a European public space. Big posters abound “Europe my Country” they declare in some vague attempt to create a fellow feeling where none currently exists.

– The Greens decline to comment on Mark’s Slugger story on tensions between the Green chairman John Barry, (who effectively plucked them from relative obscurity) and co-opted Down District Councillor Cadogan Enright… His loss as Chair is a seriously stupid own goal...

– And EUrophile Julien Frisch notes on a broader theme “If we remain satisfied with what we have achieved, we lose the vision for what we still can do.”

– Open Europe notes the presence of their Research Director, Mats Persson, on Talk Back in their press round up

– Four reasons why the Euro is not ready for a global role

Please feel free to add your Euro stories below… Or you can send your tip offs and new (or highly local) stories to me directly: mick.fealty@gmail.com…

The Flickr Euro Elections group is beginning to fill up nicely with local material and with pictures from right across Europe… So if you are reading this in Prague, Berlin, Paris or Rødovre (try saying that when you’re sober), add them to the group and they’ll appear on the front of Slugger (for a short while with the rate they are starting to come through)…

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Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty