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The Irish might be warming up towards the Lisbon Treaty, but to quote Pat Cox “this is not because the public has started to read the Lisbon Treaty for bedtime reading”.

The current economic meltdown had a great deal in shifting Irish minds and reviving their European feelings. Pragmatics, the Irish now seem to consider that “a small economy, in these big economic storms, benefits from being in a safe harbor”. Whether the current momentum will be maintained until October when they are likely to vote yet again, only time will tell. Meanwhile all eyes are on the Irish ship as it navigates the high seas in search for its safe harbour, wherever it may be.

– Bilyana

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In a rare demonstration of a good oratory in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, British MEP Daniel Hannan, expressed in no weak terms what he thought of Gordon Brown’s response to the global financial crisis. Hanann’s speech went viral on Youtube on the evening he delivered it – on 24 March – in less than 24 hours it had attracted more than 630,000 views (at the time of writing that figure is close to 700,000!); a new entry on Hannan’s Wikipedia profile was created; over 75 hits are now displayed when searching for Daniel Hannan on delicious.com; and last but not least, the Twittersphere is buzzing with tweets about his speech, its reach and its impact.

Naturally, this is not the first time we see a nice politics and technology combo, however it is most certainly the first time an MEP has reached close to 700,000 people in less than 72 hours.

Clearly, the times they are a-changing…

– Emil

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