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Articles published on are almost as influential in Brussels as those that appear on BBC and Financial Times blogs, an independent survey has found.

The 'Brussels Blogger Study 2010', published by consultancy Waggener Edstrom, placed Stephen Gardner's blog, The Digger, in third place behind Gavin Hewitt's Europe (BBC) and the FT Brussels Blog, and ahead of such luminaries as EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, and Charlemagne's notebook, published by The Economist. Many articles that appear on are also published on The Digger, which is hosted by EU Observer.

However, the Waggener Edstrom report finds that Brussels blogging is lagging behind the scene in Washington DC. In the so-called capital of Europe, the report said, there is "a startling lack of public commentary from real sector experts, and a major untapped opportunity for online engagement in the EU."

Stephen Gardner, managing editor of, was surprised to be rated as highly influential in Brussels, as he does not consider himself a regular blogger, and posts only as and when subjects that interest him come up. However, "I think I deserve it," he said.

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