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You love dKos? You enjoy the many thoughtful and informative diaries on every topic under the sun? You'd like to read even more stuff about other countries, international affairs, what people care about, what they are talking about? But you'd like it all in own convenient place, where you can comment, and discuss with many people? An international version of dKos maybe?

Well, here it is!


The European Tribune is born from that desire to see an international version of dKos. Markos has chosen to focus on US politics, and that focus is what makes his site such a formidable tool, uniting a great many progressive activists in one place where ideas can be tested, opinions shaped, and action organised. The combination of the formidable scoop software, kos's talent and a massive community makes this site a great soapbox for everybody and is a model that begs to be replicated for other areas of discussion than US politics.

I have been around here for a number of months now, I have taken advantage of that soapbox on many occasions, and met a number of other European kossacks on the site, and many of us have dreamt of having a similar site to discuss European politics and stories in more detail. Sadly, lacking in the IT and other requisite competences, this was just a dream for me - until the day when Booman kindly invited me to join him on his new site, which you've probably heard of by now, Booman Tribune, which works like Kos, with Scoop, and the usual front page/diaries structure. And so, while Booman Tribune was taking off, we started working together on a new site, using the same architecture than Booman Tribune, but making it a completely separate site.

And so I am pleased to officially announce the opening of the European Tribune today. You will find the familiar feel of kos, and what we hope you will find an attractive initial front page crew, with:

There will be a couple of other surprises and "guest stars". We are pleased to count Booman,  SusanG and SusanHu as friendly supporters of this site, and we hope that they will drop by once in a while.  We will also be keen to expand when we find dedicated writers from other countries, to bring as varied a coverage as possible of issues.

Despite its name, European Tribune will not focus solely on Europe, and we certainy invite all international kossacks to come and create their own niche, they will be more than welcome. The name simply reflects the origins of some of the principals, and the topics they know most about and will hopefully cover smartly and extensively...

So we invite you to come and join us, comment, write diaries, and help us create a thriving community. And while this is certainly going to keep us busy, we certainly do not intend to desert dKos, quite the opposite. We'll crosspost just enough to tempt you to come over for more, and I'll certainly be around to cover Bubbles Greenspan and Peak Oil...

May I kindly ask you to recommend this diary so that as many people as possible can see it. I have voluntarily posted in the European morning, when most of the American kossacks are not around, but we hope that those that are interested by a more international site can hear about it as well. Thanks!

And come have a look, log in (there are still low UIDs to be found...), and make it the place you want it to be!

Originally posted to Jerome a Paris on Sun Jun 12, 2005 at 11:08 PM PDT.

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  •  What a wonderful idea, Jerome! (4.00)
    and best of luck to you, although I'm sure you don't need luck, it'll take off like hotcakes.
  •  this sooo cool. (4.00)
    i've been reading the buzz over at BMT.

    best of luck!

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    check out Daily Gotham, yo!

    by lipris on Sun Jun 12, 2005 at 11:19:51 PM PDT

  •  best of luck! (4.00)
    If it doesn't make recommended, I would repost in the American morning!
  •  Got my red hot uid! (4.00)
    Tres bien!  Good luck.  It's great to have a Euro blog!  Now we can find out how the rest of the world thinks!

    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    by x on Sun Jun 12, 2005 at 11:49:53 PM PDT

  •  congratulations! (4.00)
    I'll see you there!
  •  Cher Jerome (4.00)
    Merci mille foix et bon chance !! Moi aussi !! Moi aussi !! Liberte d'ecrire pour moi !! SOS ! SOS ! M'aiddez, M'aiddez s'il vous plait.  J'ai besoin d'une journal d'appeller "home."

    GR

    Who controls the media, controls the fates.

    by Apian on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 12:00:05 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Jerome. (4.00)
    As Syniel wrote so well in his/her first diary ever,

    This is potentially an invaluable resource for Americans

    by Syniel
    Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:48:30 PM PDT
    In America the number of viewpoints that are filtered down to it's citizens can be counted on two fingers. Those viewpoints are: US conservatism and US reactionism.  This venue can allow us from the US hear viewpoints from our neighbors on this planet and I'm looking forward to reading from here everyday.

    and... I couldn't agree more!

    The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. -- Calvin and Hobbes

    by SteveK on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 12:20:15 AM PDT

  •  Well DONE! (4.00)
    Best of luck, and see you there.

    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 12:21:30 AM PDT

  •  Already there (4.00)
    Thanks Jerome.

    I'm so excited I got a UID under 100. People must be flying over there because I am in the 50's already.

    Good luck with the endeavor.

  •  I'm going over there right now (none)
    to check it out. Look forward to seeing you there.

    Are you tired of the Dean Bashing? Support We've got Dean's back.

    by Jill Lehnert on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 12:23:40 AM PDT

  •  J'arrive! (none)
    Je te verrai bientot.  :)

    Alan
    Maverick Leftist

  •  Signed up already (none)
    As an American living in Eastern Europe, I will let others know about your new venture.

    Best of luck to you'

  •  congrats...this is awesome... (4.00)
    Kos is now a Grandfather. WTF am I gonna do with a name like Chamonix who doesn't speak a shit of French. Oh Mondieu. j'm appel fucked.

    *Can we please have a party when Bolton goes Down?*

    by Chamonix on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 12:41:27 AM PDT

  •  Hey... (none)
    my login doesn't work over there.

    Missed opportunity...

    "...an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!"

    King Lear

    by Norwell on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 12:49:57 AM PDT

  •  Jerome you fucking... (none)
    ...genius, you and your whole crew.

    Now can you just work on getting American liberals refugee status if we can't turn this country around in the next election cycle or so?

  •  best of luck (none)
    So this is the new project, huh? Great! I love the idea, as I am very interested in European politics, but haven't found a good site to learn more. Looking forward to the development of a great new blog on international politics. Us Americans could certainly use a foreign perspective. Good luck!

    Want to talk environmental policy with fellow Kossacks? Visit Greenstate Blog today!

    by byoungbl on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 01:16:53 AM PDT

  •  oh my GOD! those greedy sucking sounds you (none)
    just heard were made by my computer gobbling up the stories on what is happening in europe - all in one glorious banquet!

    thank you thank you thank you thank you!  

    War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Long Live Oceana!

    by edrie on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 02:47:03 AM PDT

  •  Jeez (none)
    Another blog I have to bookmark.  So much to read, so little time.  My poor head is about to explode.  

    Oh, yes, thanks Jerome and everyone else for making this happen.

    If science proves facts that conflict with Buddhist understanding, Buddhism must change accordingly. " - The Dalai Lama

    by LynChi on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 04:10:08 AM PDT

  •  Great idea (none)
    But I wonder if Europeans will catch up on the blog front. The political climate is much colder over here (I live in Sweden) since all parties, except for the radical fringe, are positioned in a broadly liberal spectrum. We have no parties like GOP making a hell for the people.

    Hillary. Wrong on the issues. Wrong elitist image. Wrong for Democrats. Brian Schweitzer 2008

    by Joe B on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 04:35:47 AM PDT

  •  Awesome! (none)
    It's great to see a place for the international perspective.  My DAH looks over my shoulder at DKOS from time to time, but would probably take more interest in blog politics if non-American perspectives were more prominently discussed.

    My separate place for mental meanderings: Ma'at's Feather

    by shanikka on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 05:24:39 AM PDT

  •  Bonne Chance (none)
    Thanks for setting this up Jerome.  I have many friends on the other side of the Atlantic, and we need all the support we can get.  Understanding is the key to success.  Just the other day I was driving behind a guy with a "boycott France" bumper sticker.  It had the universal slash running across a French flag.  Meanwhile, the guy is driving a Mercedes (I guess he doesn't have problems with Germany).  People need to understand that all citizens of the world are facing similar problems, and we stand to gain more by working together than fighting each other.

    I wish you much success, and I appreciate your wise comments here at Kos.

  •  Jerome (none)
    Good luck, great!
    ingrid nyc
  •  Hi Jerome (none)
    I just "created" an account over at your new site.  It is going to send a password.  I can only hope that this is more successful than my attempt to use a password in ePluribusmedia because I have totally failed at that.  But I will hope.  Anyway, I can always read your posts even though I have little to add to any discussion about economics (other than to note rising pricies), peakoil, or such, but always look forward to reading your take on these subjects.  As well as bonddad and others.

    I hope your venture takes off.  And I look forward to reading Soj's comments.  Remember her efforts during the Italians hostage being released and then attacked.  

    Thanks for the effort.

  •  Thanks Jerome, (none)
    and crew! This will be a wonderful portal to new adventures.

    I *gladly* donated to ePluribus Media. Support citizen journalism!

    by nancelot on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 06:05:31 AM PDT

  •  Perfect! (none)
    Just when I was lamenting that we would not be in Spain for the first summer in 14 years...
  •  Thanks Jerome (none)
    Thanks Jerome for the wonderful site that will compliment Daily Kos for all the progressives in the world that believe in Social Justice. You may want to add to the links of your new site-The Guardian Newspaper from London.

    Congratulations and Best of Luck

  •  Bon Voyage! (none)
    I look forward to reading what you all have to say.

    Heading over to open an acct now.

    Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.-Alice Paul

    by boadicea on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 06:35:19 AM PDT

  •  Thank you sir! (none)
    International issues are barely covered or often not covered at all in the states.  

    You are providing an invaluable resource.

  •  I'll read it - thnx (nm) (none)
  •  Jerome, (none)
    I've added yet ANOTHER bookmark to my list of political blogs. A great idea!
  •  Felicitations Jerome (none)
    et puis....Merde!

    Healthy, happy and liberal.

    by OAS on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 07:42:17 AM PDT

  •  Nice shot of the Eiffel tower! (none)
    Want some shots of the cornfields around here ? </ snark>

    The thing I miss most about being in Europe is the variety you can get with just a short drive away...
    Over here is strip malls, McD and Walmarts everywhere. Convenient but boring. Sigh...

    Dean speaks out the truth. I like it
    Iraq is based on a 'pack of lies.' Telling the truth looks like the only remedy to it.

    by lawnorder on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 07:57:11 AM PDT

  •  Congratulations! (none)
    I'll visit often!

    This is not the same international site that Welshman has, is it ?

    Dean speaks out the truth. I like it
    Iraq is based on a 'pack of lies.' Telling the truth looks like the only remedy to it.

    by lawnorder on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 07:59:52 AM PDT

  •  Congrats (none)
    I'm so glad to see this happening.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 08:09:48 AM PDT

  •  I'm heading over right now... (none)
    seriously, I have always been fascinated with Canadian, British, French, and German politics, and I'm sure the site will be an invaluable resource to Americans for learning what the rest of the world thinks.  I subscribe to The Economist, so I know what gray-haired Tory investment bankers think, but would like a progressive voice from across the pond.  Thank you so very much.
  •  Excellent. (none)
    I've just signed up.

    It was a cold, bright day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.

    by Stradavus on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 08:26:43 AM PDT

  •  Terrific, thank you! (none)
    Wonderful idea and I am grateful.  As I was introduced to all of you I've remembered how much I have enjoyed all of your diaries and posts.

    Congrats.  Revolution, anyone?

    sign the petition at http://www.impeachbush.org

    by DrKate on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 08:45:01 AM PDT

  •  this is sooooooooooooooo needed (none)
    I'm a Spanish-speaking emissary for the left blogosphere here in the US, Latin America and Spain (I get interviewed more than once in a while for my blog, http://www.culturekitchen.com ). So having a place to send Europeans, that's fantastic!

    On a more technical note, it worries me that to be part of the "kossacksphere" the message that is being sent out is that you have to use Scoop.

    The web-dev community has to figure out a way now to have Scoop and CivicSpace talk to each other through some kind of a affiliate back-end work. We need to make it simple for people from these sites to come and go through DFA and CivicSpace sites.

    This should be a priority for DailyKos.

  •  IT CAME FROM ACROSS THE POND!!! (4.00)

    Paris (Rotters) This morning Europe reeled in Horror as a lumbering giant stepped ashore leaving thousands of frightened Bloggers fleeing in it's wake. Panic appeared to be appropriate as the beast seems to have sprung from America, the results of top secret defense department naval experiments with high energy sonar. Some suggest that there will be nothing to fear from the beast so long as Governments don't have flies swarming around their policies... but only time will tell.

    (Congratulations Euro Trib!)

    Dudehisattva... "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 09:17:36 AM PDT

  •  good luck, Jerome (none)
    It's a wonderful idea!  Tried to post over there, but of course didn't have my login yet.  So I'm posting over here.

    For this untraveled American, it's very exciting!  I feel more worldly already! :)

    I may not post a lot at ET, but I will definitely be reading and learning.

    Please sign Congressman John Conyers' letter asking the President to come clean about Iraq.

    by OLinda on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 09:37:36 AM PDT

  •  And that villa in the South of France? (none)
    Jérome, I assume you are awarding your faithful followers for adding the European Tribune to our Favorites as well as pimping your diaries here and abroad?

    Things are going well for you.  The Congressman who wanted French fries to be renamed freedom fries now thinks the Iraq war was a bad idea and that les grenouilles de la belle France were right all along.

    So when are you going to install a wind turbine on top of the Eiffel Tower?

    Bonne chance!

  •  Congratulations! (none)
    I have already signed up!

    Who knows some day this site could be a large as Daily Kos (over 50,000 members)and as influential.

    I can say that I got in on the ground floor (or nearly so) User Id #325.

  •  C'est bien! (none)
    Just signed up.  Looking forward to discussing the issues with my fellow Europeans (and our American friends, of course).

    "[f]ree societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat." Geo. W. Bush, 2004

    by VincentVega on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 11:06:20 AM PDT

  •  But we need top down structrue!! (none)
    Or not. Way to go Jerome! Congrats on your new venture!
  •  3 points (none)
    This kind of proves Chris Bower's point about the right's 'aristocracy' vs the left's more 'organic' approach.

    Also, I am a soj fan.

    I wonder if you might coordinate (or as one comment said, 'cross-pollenate') with East Ethnia, a quite good blog on the south-eastern Europe?

  •  I look forward to it. (none)
    Best of luck.
  •  Is it me? (none)
    Or has something disastrous happened? Eurotrib and Booman are both down? Any info? Anyone?

    My liver is a casualty of the GOP

    by wabegg on Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 07:31:41 PM PDT

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