In times of austerity and crisis freezing or cutting public servants’ and politicians’ salaries has been a popular measure across Europe and presidents are not exempt form this trend (although they usually initiate these cuts themselves). Earlier this year, Finnish president Sauli Niinistö proposed to cut his salary by 25% and then Czech president-elect Milos Zeman announced to cut his own salary in order to lower public debt. The salary of Slovenia’s new president Borut Pahor was also cut (although not on his own initiative) so that he receives 17% less than his predecessor Danilo Türk. Unforgotten is also Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who cut his salary in half.
Since Barack Obama’s use of twitter and other social media has been cited as one of the reasons for his succesful campaign in 2008, more and more politicians (or their PR advisors) have discovered the power and advantages of delivering short, 140-character messages to their supporters. The digital revolution has also not left politicians in Central and Eastern Europe unaffected. In this two-part series of blog articles I will therefore survey whether and how politicians in CEE use twitter – and who you should follow. Continue reading