Welcome to my personal blog – it’s here that I outline my views on EU politics, UK politics, German politics, the intersection of tech and politics, travel, and plenty of other topics. I’ve been blogging since Summer 2005, making this one of the longest running blogs about EU affairs. I’m also one of the founders of Bloggingportal.eu, an EU affairs blogging aggregator. I am also one of the most active users of Twitter to debate EU politics – follow @jonworth.
Aside from blogging I am a partner in techPolitics LLP, a small UK-registered agency dedicated to social media strategy and training for politics and government. I am also self employed in Germany. In the past I’ve been responsible for sites such as the Atheist Bus Campaign and the website for Harriet Harman’s campaign to become Labour Party Deputy Leader.
I spent 16 years in the Labour Party in the UK before leaving in 2013 to join the Grüne in Germany.
I also teach people how the European Union functions – practical courses for individuals in the public sector that are going to have to work with the EU institutions in a professional capacity.
I work from Berlin but travel all over Europe, notably to Brussels, London, Geneva and Copenhagen regularly.
I’ve previously worked as a civil servant in London, and as an assistant in the European Parliament in Brussels. I speak French and German well, and Danish, Swedish and Italian badly, as well as my native English.
A full archive of all the articles I have published elsewhere and are available online can be found here. This includes columns written for LabourList (42 pieces), Guardian Comment is Free, Left Foot Forward, Progress, LSE EUROPP, Social Europe Journal, WEF Forum Blog, Policy Network, IPPR, techPresident and openDemocracy, and – on a different topic – for Union in Englisch.
Videos of speeches and presentations
I am regularly invited to makes speeches and presentations at events and training courses across Europe. From the start of 2014 onwards all of these will be streamed, and will be listed here, together with some videos of previous presentations and keynotes.
Quotes and Media Appearances
Jung & Naiv – Folge 80: Britische Überwachung (in German), 26.08.2013
Jung & Naiv – Folge 35: Die Briten und Europa (in German), 10.4.2013
Jung & Naiv – Episode 35: Great Britain & the EU, 10.4.2013
DR interview, 9.1.2013 – radio interview on P3 news, and online story “Danske politikere dumper på Twitter”
40 under 40 programme Interview, 11.12.2011
BBC World Service Radio, World Have Your Say, 18.4.2011 – interview about the impact on the EU of the True Finns election success (radio, no longer available online)
ChangeMakers Brussels – a profile in an eBook about people changing Brussels (p. 6-7)
Friends of the Earth Europe Network News, 10.2010, “How to be a modern NGO in the new Social Media World” (online only, PDF)
euekspres, 17.03.2010, “Intervju z Jonom Worthom, blogerjem in političnim aktivistom iz Velike Britanije” (online and in print, no longer online) – original in Slovenian
English translation: With insightful and interesting writing in his ‘euroblog’ (www.jonworth.eu) Jon has stepped on many people’s toes, but no one disputes that he writes good content and has an ability to communicate effectively. The founder of an effective civic EU blog aggregator, we talked about why the online communication is so important to create the image of the individual and the good and bad sides of the European Commission in communicating with various publics.
Original Slovene: S pronicljivim in zelo zavzetim pisanjem na svojem »euroblogu« (www.jonworth.eu) je Jon stopil na žulj že marsikomu, vendar pa mu nihče ne oporeka dobre vsebinske podkovanosti in sposobnosti učinkovitega komuniciranja. S pionirjem učinkovitega državljanskega EU blogerstva smo se pogovarjali o tem, zakaj je spletno komuniciranje tako pomembno za oblikovanje javne podobe posameznika ter o dobrih in slabih straneh Evropske komisije pri komuniciranju z najrazličnejšimi javnostmi.
Margot Wallström’s blog, 15.12.2009, mention in the Commissioner’s farewell blog post (online only, but no longer online)
However, it is the development of civil society blogs that has been of most interest to me. Individual bloggers such as Jon Worth, Clive Matthews (aka Nosemonkey), Julien Frisch and Ralf Grahn to mention a handful have contributed to creating a small but growing EU blogosphere. [...] These blogs are thoughtful and do not slavishly follow either a pro or anti EU line, a fact which I find very valuable.
European Voice, 10.12.2009, interview/article for the careers page “Switched on to the power of the internet” (printed and online)
techPresident, 02.12.2009, interview “Can pan-European politics thrive online?” (online only)
VG, 06.09.2009, “EØS i åpent farvann” (printed only) – Norwegian daily newspaper, quotes about Norway-EU relations
English translation: INVISIBLE EEA: At the bar Fat Boys on Place Luxembourg sits Jon Worth, who for years has worked for the British delegation to the EU. Now he has started his own company and established one of the most widely read EU blogs in Brussels.
“With the exception of the Scandinavian friends, I have never heard anyone in Brussels talk about the EEA Agreement. The EU is not particularly concerned about this, and people do not care. Why should they?” says Worth.
“Most people in Brussels have agreed that the EU has a poor fisheries policy. Therefore if Norway and Iceland joined the EU together something could be done about it” says Worth.
STOOD OUTSIDE: EU analyst and blogger Jon Worth meets regularly on Place Luxembourg in Brussels to drink beer and discuss the EU policy. He sees little reason for Norway’s choice to remain outside the EU.
(please note: I have never actually worked for the British delegation to the EU (UKRep) nor do I spend much time on Place Luxembourg!)
Original Norwegian: USYNLIGE EØS: På baren Fat Boys på Place Luxembourg sitter Jon Worth, som i flere år har jobbet for den britiske EU- delegasjonen. Nå har han startet sitt eget firma og etablert en av de mest leste EU-bloggene i Brussel.
– Med unntak av skandinaviske venner, har jeg aldri hørt noen i Brussel snakke om EØS-avtalen. EU er ikke spesielt opptatt av dette, og folk bryr seg ikke. Hvorfor skulle de det, sier Worth.
– De fleste i Brussel er enige om at EU har en elendig fiskeri- politikk. Derfor hadde man trengt Norge og Island sammen i EU for å kunne gjøre noe med det, sier Worth.
UFORSTÅENDE: EU-analytiker og blogger Jon Worth trekker jevnlig til Place Luxembourg i Brussel for å drikke pils og diskutere EU- politikk. Han forstår lite av Norges valg om å stå utenfor EU.
Gallo Blog, 03.07.2009, “Daddy, I never want to work for someone like you” (online only)
To underscore this point, yesterday’s workshop had Jon Worth talk about his campaign AtheistBus.org.uk. In the time it takes for a company director to book a ’social media expert’ to come and speak to her/his Board, and for the board to agree, “Yes, this is important, let’s set up a task force”, someone like Jon has run an online/off-line campaign and is on to the next project. I exaggerate for effect, but not by much.
Göteborgs Posten, 05.06.2009, “Svenskarna synsi parlamentet” (printed only) – Main Gothenburg newspaper, quotes about performance of Swedish MEPs in the European Parliament
English translation: “But somehow it’s natural. The eurosceptic MEPs do not show up much for their voters. If you already think that the EU is a conspiracy, do you care then about what your MEPs are actually doing in the European Parliament?” said Jon Worth
Original Swedish: – Men på något sätt är det kanske naturligt. De EU-skeptiska parlamentarikerna behöver inte visa upp sig särskilt mycket för sina väljare. Om du redan tänker att EU är en konspiration, bryr du dig då om vad din EU-parlamentariker egentligen gör i EU-parlamentet? säger Jon Worth
BBC Radio 5 Live, 02.06.2009, Interview on Victoria Derbyshire morning show (radio, audio no longer available on iPlayer)
12 minutes debating MEPs’ expenses and pensions against Mats Persson of Open Europe.
NRC Handelsblad, 11.02.2009, “Spel van start: zoek voorzitter EU-Commissie” (online and print)
English translation: “It is wrong that the Commission President is chosen behind the scenes,” says Worth
Original Dutch: „Het is verkeerd dat de Commissievoorzitter achter de schermen wordt uitgekozen,” zegt Worth
Atheist Bus Campaign
Spiegel, 08.01.2009, “Busfahrt mit gottloser Botschaft“, interview and article (online only)
English translation: But by chance in Brussels Jon Worth read the column. The web designer and political consultants is someone whose brain never seems to rest. He is committed to all sorts of concerns. Because he is against a further term of EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso, he launched the site www.anyonebutbarroso.eu. Similarly, the passionate cricket fan ran a website to get the British national sport accepted at the Olympics. And he’s also an atheist, so on that summer day he wrote an email to Ariane and offered his services as a campaign manager
Original German: Doch in Brüssel liest zufällig Jon Worth die Kolumne. Der Web-Designer und Politikberater ist einer, dessen Gehirn nie zu ruhen scheint. Er engagiert sich für alle möglichen Anliegen. Weil er gegen eine weitere Amtszeit von EU-Kommissionspräsident José Manuel Barroso ist, startete er die Seite www.anyonebutbarroso.eu (“Jeder, nur nicht Barroso”). Ebenso leidenschaftlich wirbt der Cricket-Fan mit einer eigenen Website für die Zulassung des britischen Nationalsports bei den Olympischen Spielen. Und Atheist ist er auch, also schreibt er an jenem Sommertag eine Mail an Ariane und bietet seine Dienste als Kampagnenmanager an
Deutschlandfunk, 9.1.2009, Radio interview in German
RTL Nachtjournal, 8.1.2009 (starts 11 minutes in) Television interview in German
Cicero Interview, 11.1.2009 “Man muss nicht an Gott glauben, um ein ethischer Mensch zu sein”
Television interview in French for TF1 Journal de 13h can be found here