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This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.



 News and Blogs about Western Europe

NOTE: Also check the many relevant links in the European Union section of this Web site, among others.

News Sources in English on Western Europe
-- BBC News (UK), The Times (UK), The Guardian (UK edition), The Telegraph (UK), Prospect Magazine (UK), The Guardian (Europe), The Irish Times (Ireland), RTE
(Ireland), The Journal (Ireland), France 24 (France), Berlin Policy Journal (Germany), Spiegel (Germany), Deutsche Welle (Germany), El País (Spain), The Nordic Page (Norway), Copenhagen Post (Denmark), Swiss Info (Switzerland), ekathimerini (Greece), Portugal News (Portugal), CNN, Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, Inter Press ServiceReuters

Insightful Blogs on Western Europe
Carnegie Endowment, Ideas on Europe (UACES)

Other Sources about Western Europe

Centre for European Policy Studies-- From Brussels, one of Europe's leading think tanks, with the motto of "Thinking ahead for Europe." Excellent and numerous online publications, full-text and abstracts, and commentary index, largely on the European Union

Council of European Social Science Data Archives-- "Promotes the acquisition, archiving and  distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe...The CESSDA home pages allow easy access to the catalogues of member organisations and provide a central news forum about its activities and other relevant information."

Europages-- European business directory that provides 2.6 million company addresses from over 35 European countries, key business information, links to yellow pages throughout Europe and to world business sites.

Europe’s World-- Online magazine from Friends of Europe, "a leading think tank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change to create a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe."

European Centre for Minority Issues-- NGO that "advances majority-minority relations in the wider Europe through action, research and documentation... supports the stabilization of areas of ethno-political tension and conflict, contributes to the strengthening of relevant legislation and best practices in governance, and enhances the capacity of civil society actors and governments to engage with one another in a constructive way." All reports, working papers, and issue briefs are available online in full-text.

European Social Survey-- "Academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001. The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations." Much data available, with free registration.

European Values Study-- "Large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values [in Europe], [carried on by] the European Values Study group...  aimed at exploring the moral and social values underlying European social and political institutions and governing conduct." Site posts surveys and results, newsletters, links to data, and more.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe-- Many online publications and newsletters are available from this international organization, which is "the largest regional security organization in the world with 57 participating States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is active in early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation." “Pan European data portal, providing access to open, freely reusable datasets from local, regional and national public bodies across Europe… a single point of access”… so users can “browse, explore and compare datasets by region, subject matter and format.”

Research Institute for European and American Studies-- From Athens, aims "to promote the understanding of international affairs. Special attention is devoted to transatlantic relations, intelligence studies and terrorism, European integration, international security, Balkan and Mediterranean studies, Russian foreign policy as well as policy making on national and international markets."

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies-- From the European University Institute, promotes research on the major issues confronting European society, principally the construction of Europe. Hundreds of excellent studies are available online.

Statewatch-- From London, a non-profit group of "lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists" that "encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in the fields of the state, civil liberties and openness" in Europe. News, bulletin, documents, and analytical papers online or linked.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe-- News, information, many statistics, and many online reports are available free in full-text from this United Nations regional organization. Great source for authoritative online economic information about Europe. Note the Statistical Database, with a wide range of data covering Europe, North America, and Central Asia, and the Official Statistical Organizations links directory.

University Association for Contemporary European Studies-- Based in the UK, "one of the world’s premier European Studies associations [which] has brought together academics involved in researching and teaching on Europe with practitioners active in European affairs. It encourages the involvement of people from a variety of disciplines which have a European emphasis." Posts mainly UACES materials and maintains the Expert on Europe website, a database of experts on European matters.

Western European Studies Section of the U.S. Association of College and Research Libraries. This very useful site of library and information guides on European Studies aims "to provide Western Europe specialists with information for their work [and] to provide WESS members with information about the Section [but] does not intend to replicate the excellent guides prepared in Europe, but to supplement them and make links among them from an international perspective."

ZACAT-- "Social science data portal allowing you to search for, browse, analyse and download [European] social science survey data, provided by the GESIS department 'Data Archive and Data Analysis'...  Beside documentation on study level (e.g. abstract, related publications), all studies come along with documentation of full question and answer texts on variable level."

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