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[Editorial] Europolitics: the end of an era?

Eupolitics New logo(B2) The news arrived at the end of last week. In the midst of the Greek crisis, one of the veterans of European news, Europolitics (formerly Europolitics or Europe Information Services), has gone out of business. Journalists were told they could take their belongings. The newspaper stops. The investor no longer wants to put his hand in his pocket. The Politico “blast” effect has been there. But probably not only that. “Salaries” (*) are not paid for June. A little air of American dismissal…

Europolitics has a very particular history in the European panorama. It was created in 1972 by journalists from the agricultural press agency Agra, who wanted to differentiate themselves from the only publication existing at the time, Agence Europe, by presenting themselves as " more professional, independent treatment” also European institutions. It will then pass to several shareholders – mainly French – notably the Expansion group, then the Siac group (publisher of agricultural publications, a return to the fold in a way) and then to another shareholder, of Austrian nationality, who ended up throwing the 'sponge. Definitely, apparently...

I have a particular fondness for Europolitics not only because I have many friends there. But also because it is an excellent journalism school. Many people (spokespersons, journalists, etc.) who are in Brussels have sat at one time or another in the chairs of Europolitics/Europolitics. Despite the daily difficulties, it was also one of the only media where there was a certain propensity for journalists to work as they wished. The pressure was certainly enormous. It was the pressure of the news. But we could pretty much write as much as we wanted. A luxury today where space is limited in the newspapers.

Finally, it is a newspaper where, even if most of it took place in English, the “heart”, the breeding ground, remained French-speaking or rather Francophile. The many nationalities crossed paths there – from the west and the east, from the south or the north – and even collided. And points of view – from the right or the left – could find expression there. There was no single thought. Sometimes the discussions could be intense, not because of a deep disagreement, but because of differences of views, of analysis, of geographic positioning quite simply. The doors even slammed from time to time... And we came back to it. In short, it was a small Europe, this editorial staff…


(*) To be exact, it is not about salaries. All Europolitics journalists are employed as “independents”.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).