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.




WESTERN EUROPE

 

Search Engines, News, and Blogs


Search Engine Colossus and Search Engine Guide are comprehensive global master directories of local search engines for regional, country, or language-specific searches. Yahoo! provides country-specific, regional, and official government site search options. Google Translate is a useful option. Glearch allows you to search for language and country-specific content in "top results from Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as the most popular search engines for the selected country."

 

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), Germany Times (WN Network), Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy), El País (Spain), Norway Post (Norway), Copenhagen Post (Denmark), Swiss Info (Switzerland), ekathimerini (Greece), Portugal News (Portugal), Los Angeles Times, Inter Press Service, Global Post, The Guardian

Insightful Blogs on Western Europe -- Foreign Policy Association


Other Sources


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

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, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion leaders across Europe."

European 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. Note the Ethnopolitical Map of Europe and the Enriched Links Database.

European Industrial Relations Observatory Online-- "Monitoring instrument offering news and analysis on European industrial relations. Its aim is to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality and up-to-date information on key developments in industrial relations in Europe. It aims primarily to serve the needs of national and European level organisations of the social partners, governmental organisations and EU institutions."


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. Note the EUI's database Historical Archives of the European Union, with some online access to the European Communities' files and "papers of European politicians or officials, or archives of European associations, parties and organisations that have played a significant part in the march towards European integration."

Statistical Agencies in the UN/ECE Region-- Links to national and international statistics agencies relevant to the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe's 55 member countries in Europe and North America.

United 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 links directory.

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 matters.

Western European Specialists Section of the U.S. Association of College and Research Libraries. This very useful site of library and information guides on European Studies "does not intend to replicate the excellent guides prepared in Europe, but to supplement them and make links among them from an international perspective."

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 variable level."


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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