European Voice has published a letter from Lorenzo Consoli, President of the International Press Association, who is concerned at the dwindling number of journalists now covering the news from our overarching law making assembly.
In 2005 there were more than 1300 journalists putting flesh on the bare bones of European Commission communications, giving their opinion, analysing and explaining to us what this giant body was up to.
Today there are just 700 journalists from all over Europe paid to do the same thing.
The Main Stream Media are strapped for cash, and this is reflected in their diminishing appetite for bringing us hard news as opposed to press releases from helpful PR agents.
The European Union is not too keen on blogs, and would like to see them regulated and accredited.
Wikio, on the other hand, is being extremely helpful to blogs covering European matters, and is arranging for them to be translated into a variety of languages.
Amongst the European blogs, Iain Dale is No 1, and Guido Fawkes No 7 – this is a great opportunity for those blogs who cover European affairs to take up the gauntlet dropped by the main stream press and provide the insight and analysis that is lacking.
Whether we like the European Union or not is irrelevant, they exist, they regulate our lives, and we should be out there picking their words to pieces and holding them to account as much as we do the UK parliament.
Go to it Bloggers!