Intermittent launcher issues



I'm experiencing this issue not on a regular basis, but when I run the launcher (EU launcher), sometimes it stays there on the "connecting" screen an neither the "news" part of the window shows up.
I have to launch the game it via the "cityofheroes.exe -project eucoh".
Then sometimes the launcher comes up fine, checks the patch and everything is ok.

I'm using win 7 64bit. Any hint on what could be wrong?