The FT’s EU-watcher Tony Barber wrote a insightful comment that I’m willing to bet many people missed because it appeared online only and over the Easter holiday weekend, when most EUrocrats and assorted hangers-on depart for family or sunny locales.
Tony takes a look from outside the bubbling pot of frogs and notes how the power relationships are shifting among the Commission, Parliament and Council. It’s worth reading the full comment for his analysis.
His conclusion: “Love it or loathe it, the parliament is increasingly the place to turn to understand what drives the EU. ”
This has many implications for public affairs, but the most significant is the increasing importance of digital communications.
As MEPs use blogs, Twitter and Facebook more to communicate, and Google, Wikipedia and online data sources more to inform their policy positions, it is essential for people who work with the elected officials to communicate to them in a way that they understand.
Along with the Parliament, digital public affairs is also ‘in the ascendant’.