Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.




THE EUROPEAN UNION


Sources for News and Blogs about the EU
Official EU Sources
Sources about the EU


Sources for News and Blogs about the European Union


Bloggingportal.eu-- The major portal for EU political blogs, aggregating access to over 1000 such blogs.


EU Business-- Business news generally and by business sector or country of the European Union. Note especially the EU Guides page with "background information and questions and answers about topical EU business issues."


eufeeds-- From the European Journalism Centre, posts links to current news from over 1000 newspapers from over a score of European countries, constantly updated and with a page on European news.

EUobserver.com-- "Independent website published in cooperation with the Group for a Europe of Democracies and Diversities in the European Parliament" for "all the latest news from the EU," with links to European news sources for most topics, e-mail news option, and debate section.

EurActiv-- Excellent searchable portal site and directory, with a lot of solid content of news (with archives), analysis, country profiles, policy positions, online guide to thousands of EU actors, more.


Euromoney-- A sophisticated source of business and financial information, includes extended research and surveys, capital markets league tables from Euromoney's proprietary databases, and dates of forthcoming industry summits, conferences and seminars.

euronews-- Leading European news video channel, with international news, weather, features, and topic directories in several languages, from a European perspective.


Europa Newsroom-- Latest news and press releases from the official news site of the EU institutions, with searchable archive at RAPID.

Europe’s World-- "The only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 150-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions... the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues."


European Media Monitor Newsbrief-- Major news aggregator sponsored by EU agencies: "Novel and unique software that gathers reports from news portals world-wide in 60 languages, classifies the articles, analyses the news texts by extracting information from them, aggregates the information, issues alerts and produces intuitive visual presentations of the information found." Note the many news links on aspects of the EU. Also see the EMM News Explorer.


European Voice-- Web version of a Brussels-based weekly newspaper published by the Economist Group and devoted entirely to European Union affairs.

Google's European Union news search page-- Excellent and focused search engine to retrieve news about the European Union. Offers an e-mail news alert service.

Inside Europe-- The BBC's website on EU news, opinions, and analysis.

New Europe-- "The European weekly, published since 1993, is a unique product carrying news and analyses from 49 countries with a particular emphasis on the EU institutions and EU-World relations."


Presseurop.eu-- Posts news, commentary, and cartoons from "the best of the European press," in several languages.

the Euros-- News, analysis, and blogs, "to explain European politics in an understandable fashion... the latest news from Brussels and the member states, background reports and interviews."

The Parliament-- "Dods' EU political news and information website, providing comprehensive real time news and analysis of the key issues and debates within the EU institutions."


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Official European Union Sources


The Library of the University of Kent and the Library of the University of California, Berkeley have fine directories for official EU websites.


CORDIS-- Community Research and Development Information Service, the "European Commission's primary public repository and portal to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results," with "all public information held by the Commission (project factsheets, publishable reports and deliverables), editorial content to support communication and exploitation (news, events, success stories, magazines, multilingual "results in brief" for the broader public) and comprehensive links to external sources such as open access publications and websites."


Council of Europe-- "Seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals... on the basis of these fundamental values we try to find shared solutions to major problems such as terrorism, organized crime and corruption, cybercrime, bioethics and cloning, violence against children and women, and trafficking in human beings." Full texts and archives are found on the Documents and Archives website.

EU Delegation to the USA-- This large site, by the European Commission's Offices of Press and Public Affairs in Washington D.C. and New York, is a fine source of information about the EU, its  member states, and the EU-US relationship.

EUROPA-- The massive EU server, covering the Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, and other bodies of the European Union. There is a huge amount of information on this site. Check the Newsroom for news, information, and orientation. Basic information about the European Union is found at How the EU Works and a history at The History of the European Union. A Facts and Figures page is available and a page explaining 'eurojargon'. A glossary contains over 200 "terms relating to European integration and the institutions and activities of the EU." The Enlargement section of the European Commission site examines issues of EU enlargement. All available information on EUROPA about the EU's foreign policies/external relations can be found through the European Union External Action Service.

EU Bookshop-- Handy interactive site "giving access to publications from the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies... with an online catalogue and archive of all EU publications. EU Bookshop will allow users to search for EU publications, order them and where possible, download [often free] copies."

EUR-Lex-- The searchable portal of the European Union for European Union Law, including the Official Journal of the European Union.

European Commission Central Library-- Central locator site maintained by the European Commission's unit responsible for libraries and European Documentation Centres, "an essential tool for librarians, documentalists and researchers working on European material." Here is the European Commission Libraries Catalogue of bibliographical references for hundreds of thousands of publications on European affairs, but without document delivery or copy service.

European Court of Human Rights-- "The only truly judicial organ established by the European Convention on Human Rights... [ensuring], in the last instance, that contracting states observe their obligations under the Convention... All of the Court's judgments, and a significant selection of decisions and reports, are published [online] in the HUDOC database."


European Documentation Centre-- At the University of Mannheim, part of a network set up by the European Commission to offer "access to official documents and publications of the EU institutions in printed or electronic version." Much information about the EU and many of its full-text electronic documents are accessible on or through this site.

European Union Institute for Security Studies-- An autonomous agency of the European Union, this institute conducts studies and posts them online, and offers a newsletter about security issues of interest to the EU.

Eurostat-- "Offers a comprehensive range of printed and electronic publications and datasets that, collectively, cover all areas of European statistics, and at every level of detail." Many statistics, guides, and analytical reports available free online, as well as the Eurostat yearbook. See the recent publications page. Statistics Explained presents "all possible statistical topics in an easily understandable way... [an] encyclopedia of European statistics, completed by a statistical glossary clarifying all terms used and by numerous links to further information and the very latest data and metadata..."

European Central Bank-- Chief financial institution of the European Union.

European Commission Trade Site-- From the European Commission, much information on EU trade matters.

Fact Sheets on the European Union-- From the European Parliament, scores of sheets "to provide those new to the subject with an overview of the process of European integration and the European Parliament’s role in this development... one of the best sources of information about the Union’s institutions and policies." Also note the Publications section, with "studies and... brochures to provide more detailed knowledge of aspects of the European Union's history."


Open Data Portal-- "Managed by the Publications Office of the European Union... the single point of access to a growing range of data from the institutions and other bodies of the European Union (EU). Data are free for you to use and reuse for commercial or non-commercial purposes."


Public Opinion Analysis-- From the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission, the searchable central site for EU public opinion surveys, with results and data online, as well as archives. Includes Standard Eurobarometer, Special Eurobarometer, Candidate Countries Eurobarometer, Flash Eurobarometer, and qualitative studies.

• Publications Office of the European Union-- The official publishing house of the European Union "offers a number of online services giving free access to information on EU law, EU publications, EU public procurement, and EU research and development," as well as to the Official Journal of the European Union.


Summaries of EU Legislation-- "Clear and concise summaries of EU legislation in all policy areas... [in] user-friendly fact sheets which summarise EU legislation... not only summaries of existing measures, but also a follow-up of legislative proposals."


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Sources about the European Union


Archive of European Integration-- From the Library System of the University of Pittsburgh-- "an electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification. The AEI collects two types of materials: certain types of independently-produced research materials and official European Community/European Union documents." Many documents and research papers for free download.

Centre for European Policy Studies-- From Brussels, one of Europe's leading think tanks, with the motto of "Thinking ahead for Europe." Excellent and numerous online publications, full-text and abstracts, and commentary index, largely on the European Union.

Centre for European Reform-- From London, "a think-tank devoted to improving the quality of the debate on the future of the European Union," pro-European cooperation but with a critical eye to promote "new ideas and policies for reforming the European Union."  Numerous publications online.

Cicero Foundation-- Non-profit Dutch organization and think tank that actively supports the integration of the Central and Eastern European countries into the EU. Lectures from seminars are available online.

demosEuropa-- Polish-based EU-focused research organization for pan-European and related global issues, such as changing rationales for European policy, the globalization and deglobalization processes, and the transformation of the global socio-economic model, with publications on these and other topics.

EU-Russia Centre-- "Independent information and expertise resource for anyone interested in modern Russia, its democratic status and the future of EU-Russia relations. It seeks to promote closer ties between the EU and Russia, to develop ideas about the future of the relationship, and to ensure that both sides adhere to international standards concerning the key elements of a civil society..." Posts news, newsletters, and studies about this topic.

Eurointernet-- Excellent collection of information resources related to European integration on the Internet, including many full text papers online. Serves as the World Wide Web Virtual Library for European Integration.

Europages-- Searchable European business directory that provides 2.3 million company addresses from 35 European countries, key business information, links to yellow pages throughout Europe and to world business sites.


European Citizen Action Service-- NGO "independent of political parties, commercial interests and the EU Institutions. The association’s mission is to enable NGOs and individuals to make their voice heard with the EU." Site features news, documents, publications, and more about EU citizenship and civil society, rights, and transparency.

European Council on Foreign Relations-- "First pan-European think tank... its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values-based foreign policy."  Posts publications, podcasts, articles, blogs, and the annual "European Foreign Policy Scorecard," all about Europe's role in the world.


European Institute-- From the London School of Economics and Political Science, an outstanding "primary focus for the inter-disciplinary study of processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe." Posts many papers in its priority areas of research: governance of the European Union, European ideas and identities, and European political economy. Note the useful Research Resources on Europe page.


European Parliament Research Group-- From the London School of Economics and Political Science, the website for scholars on the EU Parliament. Posts papers, data, links to member scholars, and ongoing projects.

European Policy Centre-- Excellent innovative, society-wide think-tank in Brussels for debate of European Union policy issues, with many documents, studies, and articles online.

European Policy Institutes Network-- "Network of dynamic think tanks and policy institutes focusing on current EU and European political and policy debates... with almost 40 member think tanks in 28 countries... EPIN aims to contribute to the debate on the Future of Europe through up to the minute, expert analysis and commentary and through providing easy access to understanding the different national debates." Many studies posted online.

European Research Papers Archive-- Excellent site allows a broad database search of hundreds of online working papers about European integration, from many research centers.


European Union Centers of Excellence-- Network of U.S. universities that "promotes the study of the EU, its institutions and policies and EU-US relations." Site "serves as a portal to the individual Center pages as well as an archive of outcomes and best practices contributed by the network members," posts "a number of resources of interest to college and K-12 educators, as well as business and academic professionals," and provides access to the valuable archive of the papers from the biennial conferences of the European Union Studies Association.


European Union History Site-- From the History Department of Leiden University: "On this site you will find all sorts of information regarding the history of the European Union."


European Union Studies Association-- "The premier scholarly and professional association, worldwide, focusing on the European Union," with "information on EUSA's programs and activities, such as the Forum essays from our quarterly EUSA Review, ideas and syllabi for teaching the EU, updates on our next international conference, an annotated list of valuable EU-related Web links, and more." Papers from the biennial conferences of the organization are available.


European University Institute-- University consortium that provides "advanced academic training to doctoral researchers and... research at the highest level," with "a European perspective in economics, law, history and civilization, and political and social sciences." Many research products on EU affairs and related topics are available here, including through the search engine for the Cadmus database. Note the European Union Research Guide.


European Values Study-- "Large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values [in Europe], [carried on by] the European Values Study group...  aimed at exploring the moral and social values underlying European social and political institutions and governing conduct." Site posts surveys and results, newsletters, link to data, and more.

Exploring EU Foreign Policy-- From the Catholic University of Leuven and the College of Europe, "this online resource guide for researchers, practitioners and students is a comprehensive guide through the maze of information sources on EU foreign policy... This website is a Jean Monnet Action and has received funding from the European Community."

Federal Trust-- From the UK, Europe's oldest think-tank on European integration, focused on good governance and "the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government." Online studies.

• FRIDE-- "A European think tank for global action, which provides innovative thinking and rigorous analysis of key debates in international relations. Our mission is to inform policy and practice in order to ensure that the EU plays a more effective role in supporting multilateralism, democratic values, security, and sustainable development." Posts many studies on these topics.


Jean Monnet Program-- At  the New York University School of Law, publishes online the excellent Jean Monnet Working Papers on topics of European integration, with many other online resources also available at or through this site.

Notre Europe-- With the slogan "Thinking a United Europe," this think tank "organises seminars and conferences, directs studies, consultations, and publications, launches information campaigns, and carries out other types of work of European interest in collaboration with institutions or press organisations." Online are many papers, seminar reports, debates, and sources of information off-site.


Open Europe-- "Independent think tank, with offices in London and Brussels, which "believes that the EU must now embrace radical reform based on economic liberalisation, a looser and more flexible structure, and greater transparency and accountability if it is to overcome these [current] challenges and succeed in the twenty-first century."

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies-- From the European University Institute, promotes research on the major issues confronting European society, principally the construction of Europe. Hundreds of first-rate studies are available online.


Security and Defence Agenda-- "The only think-tank in Brussels focusing exclusively on defence and security issues... gathering representatives from NATO and the EU, national governments and parliaments, industry, academia, think-tanks, NGOs and the media." Posts news, studies, conference reports, and similar items.

Statewatch-- From London, a non-profit group of "lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists" that "encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in the fields of the state, civil liberties and openness" in the European Union and its members. News, bulletin, documents, and analytical papers online or linked.


TEAM-- "Information network linking 49 organisations, political parties and non-parties, from 18 countries across Europe" that oppose the European Union and what they believe are its threats to democratic values.

Trans European Policy Studies Association-- "The first transeuropean research network, comprises leading research institutes in the field of European affairs throughout Europe,... [whose] aim is to provide high quality research on European integration in order to stimulate discussion on policies and political options for Europe... by interaction between the European and national institutions as well as the academic and research community." Posts publications and a newsletter on integration issues.

Virtual Centre of Knowledge of Europe-- An "interdisciplinary centre dedicated to the European integration process," CVCE posts "a wide range of previously unpublished documents, oral accounts, contemporary film footage, analytical material and scholarly articles that document the European integration process."


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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: selchewa@etown.edu