Young generations of Europeans apparently show little interest in politics. We don’t trust politicians and in most pre-election polls in Europe, young people generally express the view that voting will have no impact on their daily lives.
Launched only 48 hours after Russian troops took control of vital installations across the Crimean peninsula in March, the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre (www.uacrisis.org) was set up by a volunteer team of commu
Communication is the currency of politics. Politicians trade in discourse and argument, public statements and speeches, pamphlets and manifestos.
The multiple nominations for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic at this year’s Oscars is a reminder of just how important – and popular – a role strong narratives play in the history of American politics.
Last year you were awarded the French Legion of Honour – congratulations!
Since becoming EU commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud in 2004, you have become well-known for working towards a more transparent EU. Where does this strong personal interest derive from?
With 27 member states, the EU also consists more or less of 27 different cultures of communication. Nevertheless, with Javier Solana, there is a High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Interview by David Phillips