Michiel is a Dutch-born, UK-educated consultant who has been involved in EU politics and communications for over 20 years. He was previously a Member of the European Parliament, chair of the Dutch Labour Party, head of government relations for Burson-Marsteller in Brussels and Managing Director of VoteWatch Europe. He is currently a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics and a well-known speaker and commentator on EU affairs. Read More
October 22, 2014
So how can you feel more at ease with journalists and more at home in the brave new digital media world?
The aim of our next open course on November 18 is to help you understand what makes journalists tick and how to work with them to get more and better coverage. By the end of the day we want you to feel more comfortable dealing with reporters and more confident writing press releases, pitching stories and doing interviews. Read More
October 13, 2014
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Over the years, EU officials – and the tens of thousands of lobbyists, diplomats and even journalists who inhabit the Brussels bubble – have developed a bizarre, contorted language of their own. Dubbed ‘Eurospeak’ or ‘Euro-English,’ this lazy, alienating form of talking and writing relies on glueing together vague, abstract and often meaningless phrases like shards of a smashed vase, using long, complicated, show-off words where short, clear, simple ones will do and falling back on unintelligible jargon to express often simple ideas. Read More
September 30, 2014
September 15, 2014
Our next open course on October 21 will focus on how to master social media professionally and will be lead by renowned blogger and online communications consultant Jon Worth. By the end of the workshop you will be able to identify where discussions important to you and your organisation are taking place online, develop a strategy to fit social media into your overall communications planning and understand the main pros and cons of different platforms such as Twitter, blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Flickr and Youtube. Read More
July 11, 2014
What better way to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille than by announcing that our website is now fully functioning in French?
We welcome you to visit cleareurope.eu/fr to learn more about who we are and what we have to offer. Check out our courses, including how to handle interviews, how to influence the Brussels press corps and how to master social media. We can also edit and draft texts in French, moderate your conferences and organise study visits to the EU capital for francophone groups.
July 11, 2014
Pour célébrer la prise de la Bastille, Clear Europe se met au français avec un site complètement bilingue FR / EN.
Nous vous invitons à visiter cleareurope.eu/fr pour en savoir plus sur qui nous sommes et ce que nous faisons. Jetez un coup d’œil à nos cours: comment maîtriser les interviews, comment influencer les journalistes européens, comment utiliser les médias sociaux… Nous pouvons aussi écrire ou réécrire vos textes en français, animer vos conférences ou encore organiser des visites pédagogiques du quartier européen à Bruxelles. Read More
June 5, 2014
Foreign Affairs article by Clear Europe Managing Director Gareth Harding on how to win over euroskeptics and win back the trust of European voters.
The European Union’s democratic deficit has rarely been on clearer display than on May 26, the day after polls closed for elections to the European Parliament. Despite the fact that forces hostile to the EU had made enormous gains, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced that the pro-austerity status quo had “won once again.” In a narrow sense, Barroso was correct: pro-Europeans did manage to win more than three-quarters of the seats in the parliament, the EU’s only directly elected body. In four of the union’s six largest member states — Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain — the country’s ruling party topped the poll. And the motley crew of europhobes who were elected to the next parliament are united only in their disunity. Read More
May 26, 2014
In an article for Foreign Policy, Clear Europe Managing Director Gareth Harding argues that the European Commission presidential campaign might not be riveting but is a step forward for EU democracy.
Imagine a presidential campaign in which the leading contenders are unknown to the vast majority of the public, voters cannot directly cast their ballots for the candidate of their choice, and the eventual winner can be struck down in favor of a more palatable politician by ruling elites. This may sound like a sham election in a post-Soviet dictatorship. But in fact, it is the slightly surreal circumstances of the world’s first transnational presidential campaign. Read More