EU Tube puts human face on commission


BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on Friday launched a dedicated YouTube channel that will screen European stories and give personality to the faceless Brussels bureaucrat of legend.

The channel, called EU Tube, will draw from the commission's prodigious audiovisual archive, which includes thousands of clips of events and activities across Europe affected by the EU.

However, the initial crop of clips has been tailored to show a human dimension to the EU, from footage of the first historic steps at post-war European reconciliation to bulletins on climate change.

"This reflects the commission's commitment to better explain its policies and actions on issues which concern citizens across the EU -- such as climate change, energy or immigration," commission vp Margot Wallstrom said.