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Croatia: A New Round of Instability for the Sake of Stability
Last fall, when snap elections took place in Croatia due to the crisis in the senior coalition partner - the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), and the collapsed coalition was repeated, but with renewed, more moderate leadership, it seemed like the former Yugoslav Republic, des ...
Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Will Fight Populism by Harnessing Globalisation

More than 10 years have passed from the success of Thomas L. Friedman's book "The World Is Flat", which praises globalisation. Since then, the attitude toward this process has turned 180 degrees and has served as powerful wind in the sails for the enormous growth of populist and nationalist forc ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EU Spring Economic Forecast - Optimism in Times of Uncertainty

"Uncertainty" is the focus of the European Commission's spring economic forecast presented last week. The topic is presented entirely in scientific terms, apparently aiming to give a meaningful explanation as to why economic forecasts are increasingly diverging from reality. This ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU After the Brexit - the Big Return of France?

Winning the ideologically highly contested elections in a key member country with a strong pro-European agenda against the prevailing Eurosceptic background and versus a strong anti-European candidate, enjoying support of an outside and hostile to the EU country, is definitely a spectacular ...

Turkey and the EU Turkey Has Become a Semi-Candidate Country for EU Membership

The EU has finally officially recognised the obvious, namely that Turkey no longer fulfils the criteria to be a candidate for EU membership. The Union, however, is divided on what to do next - whether to formally end the negotiations with the oldest candidate for membership or just to announce t ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit The Big Fat Brexit*

On the eve of its 60th anniversary the European Union is no longer just enlarging, but contracting as well. For the first time (excluding the special case of Greenland) in the history of the Union a member state takes the road not taken towards the exit. Who would have thought that when the just ...

latest analyses Stockholm Terrorist Attack Requires New Outlines for Swedish Policies on Migration and Security

Sorrow and strength have emerged in Stockholm after the terrorist attack in the city on April 7th, 2017. It happened just a few days after terror attacks in London and Saint Petersburg. The result is 4 dead on Drottningsgatan (The Queen’s Street), of whom Swedish citizens, 1 British and 1 ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Could Greece Really Turn the Page?

Will Greece manage to complete its bailout programme this time? This is the question that is hovering in the air after on April 7 the Eurogroup agreed in principle on the fiscal and reformist path of Greece after the programme expires next year. Since February, the Greek news from the meetings o ...

Western Balkans A Putin or Erdoğan Scenario for Serbia After the Elections?

The big news of the presidential elections in Serbia is that now there is opposition. After five years reign of Aleksandar Vučić and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the opposition was virtually gone. It was divided into dozens of parties and movements with different ideologies - from ultra- ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU At 60 EU Enters a New Phase in Life

On his 60th birthday, the European Union decided to part with its idealism and move towards pragmatism. As euinside reported over recent years (here and here), the romantic period of the Union - the unification of Europe and the invention of a mechanism for preserving peace - is long o ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU of Those Running Fast, or of Those Arriving Together?

A lot of tension has piled up in the EU over the last decade between the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the signing of the treaties of Rome, which laid the foundation of today’s European Union. When the half-century anniversary was celebrated, the EU had just finished the arduous proc ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Commission Monitoring Mechanism Will Remain for as Long as Necessary

The EU Council of Ministers poured some cold water on all attempts of Bulgarian politicians at gaining the removal of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), through which the European Commission monitors the progress in creating an independent judiciary and the fight against corr ...

euinside in Croatia
Does Croatia Have the Political Will to Implement Reforms?

All reforms, concerning Croatia’s long-term future, are practically blocked. This is the conclusion of the European Commission report on macroeconomic imbalances. Croatia is among the six countries experiencing excessive macroeconomic imbalances and are thus placed under special ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Following Macron's Election, Let's Make the EU a Great Democracy Again!

The collision that has been going on for several years in the developed liberal world is somewhat superficially presented as a struggle between mainstream political parties and populists. In the European context, that conflict is presented as a battle between pro-European forces and Euroscepti ...

Western Balkans Enver Hoxhaj: Dialogue with Belgrade Is Useless if it Does Not Lead to Mutual Recognition

The Balkans are in a limbo, Serbia is an extension of Russia, Kosovo has the most stable political landscape, the dialogue with Belgrade must move towards mutual recognition, the crisis in Macedonia is an internal problem. These are in brief the positions of Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Ho ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Is Hungary the Next Britain?

The European Union has finally stopped tolerating the abuse of its liberal system of values ​​and the building of illiberal regimes under its nose. Once the EPP had declared that it is ready to split with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party, the European Commiss ...

latest analyses France Chose Positive Rebellion Over Populist Revolution ... for Now

Marine Le Pen was supposed to be the anti-systemic player who gathers the anti-establishment protest vote, just like Geert Wilders was supposed to be in The Netherlands. Both of them, however, have been in politics long enough to expose the lack of substance in their platforms and leave some l ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Thanks to EPP Blessing the Commission Has Finally Taken Up Hungary

Should you wish to build an illiberal regime within the EU without fear of the almighty Article 2 of the Treaty of Lisbon, do like Orbán, not like Kaczyński – agree to all manner of dialogues and political debates, initiated by the Brussels clerks, nod in understanding, an ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU 16 Member States Will Establish the EPPO

After nearly four years of negotiations, many concessions and compromises, and a significant change from the original proposal, the European Public Prosecutor's Office for combating financial fraud with EU funds will be created by only 16 member states in the so-called enhanced coopera ...

latest analyses Has Populism Been Defeated in The Netherlands and What Lessons for EU?

The elections in the Netherlands attracted so much media attention for the first time in recent history. The dominating narratives – domino-effect, Trump-effect, Nexit, Wilders vs. Rutte – were all simplistic and based on little understanding of the national context and Dutch politic ...

latest comments The Bulgarian Paradox - How To Stay with Russia and EU in the Same Bed

There is something rotten in the European Union and you can feel it for some time now. This feeling led to a desire in some member states to break free from the handbrake that others are pulling on their development. The rottenness is felt the strongest in those countries, which are not quite su ...

Western Balkans EU Is Trying To Restart the European Integration of the Western Balkans

There is some good news and some bad news for the Western Balkans in the past few weeks. The good news is that the European Union has finally come to realise that there is something rotten in the Balkans and has matured to a change in the narrative. The bad news is this is too late and ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#CSR The European Commission will present today the country-specific recommendations under the European Semester. What reforms are individual member states recommended to undertake we will know in a minute. Stay tuned for live updates
22 May 2017 11:30
Adelina Marini #CSR To the leaving Britain the Commission recommends to respect the EU fiscal rules' to boost housing supply; resolve the issue with skills mismatches
22 May 2017 12:35
Adelina Marini
In #Croatia people vote today in what is described as the most crucial local elections. The outcome will determine whether the government will fall and the country will again go to the polls for a 3rd time in 2 years. The outcome will also suggest whether the country will remain in the mainstream or will again turn to strong conservatism
21 May 2017 10:55
Adelina Marini #Croatia The battle in Zagreb is expected to reveal several things. The first is whether the current mayor, who was accused many times of corruption but never indicted, will win a sixth term in a row. To replace him are competing three women - the candidate of the Liberals Anka Mrak Taritas, supported also by the SDP, the independent Sandra Svaljek (ex-deputy of Bandic) and the far right candidate Bruna Esih. The outcome of the latter holds the key to the question whether a new far right party will be formed in Croatia and whether this will lead to the a split in the HDZ
21 May 2017 11:24
Adelina Marini
European Commission President Jean-Claude #Juncker and #Brexit chief negotiator Michel #Barnier will report to the MEPs in Strasbourg about the outcome of the April 29 EU summit, which adopted negotiating guidelines. Stay tuned for live updates
17 May 2017 09:04
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Tusk: The future of the 27 is our greatest priority, not #Brexit
17 May 2017 11:09
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