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An oddly timed victory

Why does anything connected to IT have to be so much trouble? No sooner is the blog up and running than other bits of the website start creaking at the seams - Apologies for anything that has gone missing, and we hope it’ll be up and running soon.

So, what with the website glitches, preparations for our Council Meeting here in Brussels, and a board meeting, it’s been a rather frantic time. And in the middle of it came the news, late last night, that ECFR had won Prospect magazine’s award for “best UK-based think tank of the year dealing with non-UK affairs” - great news, although our offices in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Sofia and Rome might have something to say about the ‘UK-based’ bit of the award…

Apparently there’s a trophy involved, and Anthony and Hans, who managed to show up at the award ceremony last night, are hopefully carrying it aloft on the Eurostar from

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What’s in a name?

Hello and welcome to the first posting on ECFR’s new blog – ‘Whose World Order?’ We’ll take a while to get up to speed, but the idea is to bring you insights and analysis from all our experts in bite-sized form.

I’ll kick off the blog with a few bits and pieces from our annual ECFR Council Meeting – which this year is being held in the European Parliament building in Brussels. But first, a quick word about the title.

The original idea was from Nick Witney – ‘agora’, a place of assembly in old Greek city states. It seemed ideal, so I got to work on a suitable image…


But then somebody said it was too much like a European Commission idea, so it was scrapped. We asked for suggestions on Facebook and Twitter, as well as ECFR’s staff. We ended up with a list including:

EuroHub

Eurospeak

Kissinger Calling

1voice4EU (was this a joke, Daniel?)

Monnet’s Memo.

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