News and Blogs
NOTE: Also check the many relevant links in the European Union section of this Web site, among others.
News Sources in English on Western Europe-- BBC News (UK), The Times (UK), The Guardian (UK), The Irish Times (Ireland), France Daily (WN Network), France 24 (France), Spiegel (Germany), German Times (WN Network), Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy), El País (Spain), Norway Post (Norway), The Nordic Page (Norway), Copenhagen Post (Denmark), Swiss Info (Switzerland), ekathimerini (Greece), Portugal News (Portugal), CNN, Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, Inter Press Service, Global Post, The Guardian
Insightful Blogs on Western
• 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
• Council of European Social Science Data
Archives-- "Promotes the acquisition, archiving
and distribution of electronic data for social
science teaching and research in Europe...The CESSDA home
pages allow easy access to the catalogues of member
organisations and provide a central news forum about its
activities and other relevant information."
• Europages-- European business
directory that provides 2.6 million company addresses from
over 35 European countries, key business information,
links to yellow pages throughout Europe and to world
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, read by over 100,000 of the
most influential decision makers and opinion leaders
Archive-- "Digital library of [European] cultural
artifacts in digital form. We provide free access to
researchers, historians, scholars, and the general
public." Posts culturally significant documents, videos,
audio, images of a wide variety.
• European Centre for Minority Issues--
NGO that "advances majority-minority relations in the
wider Europe through action, research and documentation...
supports the stabilization of areas of ethno-political
tension and conflict, contributes to the strengthening of
relevant legislation and best practices in governance, and
enhances the capacity of civil society actors and
governments to engage with one another in a constructive
way." All reports, working papers, and issue briefs are
available online in full-text.
• 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 Research Resources on Europe page.
• 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.
• Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe-- Many online publications and newsletters are available from this international organization, which is "the largest regional security organization in the world with 55 participating States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is active in early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation."
• Research Institute for European and American Studies-- From Athens, aims "to promote the understanding of international affairs. Special attention is devoted to transatlantic relations, intelligence studies and terrorism, European integration, international security, Balkan and Mediterranean studies, Russian foreign policy as well as policy making on national and international markets."
• 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 excellent studies are available online.
Nations Economic Commission for Europe-- News,
information, many statistics, and many online reports
are available free in full-text from this United Nations
regional organization. Great source for authoritative
online economic information about Europe. Note the Statistical Database, with a wide
range of data covering Europe, North America, and
Central Asia, and the Official Statistical Organizations
• University Association for Contemporary
European Studies-- Based in the UK, "one of the
world’s premier European Studies associations [which] has
brought together academics involved in researching and
teaching on Europe with practitioners active in European
affairs. It encourages the involvement of people from a
variety of disciplines which have a European emphasis."
Posts mainly UACES materials and maintains the Expert
on Europe website, a database of experts on European
• Western European Studies Section of the U.S. Association of College and
Research Libraries. This very useful site of library and
information guides on European Studies aims "to
provide Western Europe specialists with information for
their work [and] to provide WESS members with information
about the Section [but] does not intend to replicate the
excellent guides prepared in Europe, but to supplement them
and make links among them from an international
• ZACAT-- "Social science data portal
allowing you to search for, browse, analyse and download
[European] social science survey data, provided by the
GESIS department 'Data Archive and Data Analysis'...
Beside documentation on study level (e.g. abstract,
related publications), all studies come along with
documentation of full question and answer texts on