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European Semester Is Slowly Dying
The largest and boldest reform of the EU after the Lisbon treaty - the Union's economic governance - is headed toward a complete failure. Of this speak the in-depth economic reviews of the European Commission presented earlier this year - on 25 February. These reports show something that has bee ...
latest news Putin's Pendulum

At the spring European Council, just like with other EU summits, the leaders lacked courage to send a strong and clear signal to Russia that its behaviour is not tolerated. For that summit European Council President Donald Tusk had the ambition to propose binding the duration of the already intr ...

latest news Greece Crisis Endangers Euro Area's Political Integrity

During the crisis, which broke in 2009 and whose beginning was marked by Greece, a major issue was to keep the integrity of the EU and the equality between the euro area member states and those outside the currency block. A huge merit for this had the then prime minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, ...

The Spring European Council - a Beginning for the Energy Union? Sanctions against Russia To Remain Until Full Implementation of Minsk Agreements

European Council chief Donald Tusk is preparing a new proposal for today's EU summit which envisages the sanctions against Russia to remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk peace agreements, said a senior EU source. The former prime minister of Poland has been holding consulta ...

Western Balkans EU Is One Step Behind Developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina

After long years of a standstill, at first sight, it seems that the process of European integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina is starting to come off from the deadlock. This became possible after Croatia launched an initiative last year for a stronger commitment by the EU for the European integr ...

Western Balkans Serbia - between Geopolitics and the European System of Values

Had the EU-Russia relations not deteriorated because of the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea and the proxy war Russia is leading in eastern Ukraine, hardly the relations of any EU member state or a candidate for EU membership would have been raised as an issue. The situation now, how ...

Energy geopolitics Something Like an Energy Union but Rather Just Another Strategy

In the past years, in the EU, there is a new trend to talk about unions. Everything started with the banking union because this has been the greatest step toward deepening the European integration since the introduction of the single currency. It is completely justified to call it a banking unio ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Winners and Losers in the Greek Crisis

There is something wrong in the way problems are discussed in EU, especially such as the Greek crisis 2.0. The antagonising of winners and losers or of my democracy against yours is a brilliant illustration of one of the biggest problems EU is facing - the sustainability of the Union. It is true ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece and Eurogroup - a Clash of Democracies

The patience of the Eurogroup is over and the ministers have put an ultimatum to Greece - an extension of the current programme or you are on your own. This has become clear from the unprecedentedly short meeting of the eurozone finance ministers on 16 February in Brussels. A meeting that was co ...

February European Council 2015 - a Wholemilk Summit Boyko Borissov: If Minsk 2 Fails Next Thing Is War

The second Minsk peace agreement is so fragile, so hard to reach and will enter into force not today but on Sunday. "As a matter of fact, today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be fighting. This means, the war is going on in full steam. We are all modest optimists because, indeed, ...

February European Council 2015 - a Wholemilk Summit EU Will Be Cautious With a New Minsk Agreement

If there is a peace agreement in Minsk today then the discussion on Ukraine and Russia later in the day between the leaders of the 28 EU member states will be an easy one. But if the peace talks fail, it is possible this to prolong the summit significantly, said a well placed EU source. The dete ...

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Serbian-Croatian Relations Are Good ... for Now

In the past almost three years, the relations between Serbia and Croatia are in constant tides and ebbs. At times, there is an improvement and perspectives emerge for resolution of the myriad of open issues between them, at others a new ghost from the past appears that immediately puts the good ...

latest news EU's Fifth Pillar is Thin and Unsteady

Since the presentation of the project for creation of an energy union so far it has been referred to with grandeur. The two most frequently used phrases are that this is the most ambitious project of the EU since the establishment of the coal and steel community and that the free flow of energy ...

The Spring European Council - a Beginning for the Energy Union? Energy Integration - Now or Never

In the spirit of the forceful personality split of the most energy dependent EU member states which, like Bulgaria, state their strong love for the Russian culture but in the same time their as strong hatred for its authoritarian rule, in Brussels the atmosphere is identical. On 19-23 March ther ...

The debt crisis in the euro area The Structural Reforms Bark but the Deficit Moves On

There is no doubt that the eurozone crisis is now in the past since the Commission and the Council have approved, without objections, the violations of fiscal rules to begin again. This happened in the end of February when the European Commission confirmed what we expected in the autumn, which i ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Eurogroup: Greece Is Wasting Time

When the Eurogroup chief and minister of finance of the Netherlands, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said last month that the implementation of the 20 February agreement with Greece would not be easy he was extremely right. Difficult because Greece focuses mainly on the packing (for its electorate), wherea ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism EP Pushes for Strong Rule of Law Mechanism, Council and Commission Are Against

After, in December, the member states threw a cold shower on the ambitions for a common European rule of law mechanism, the European Parliament demonstrated an amazing unity during the first debate on the issue on 11 February. In the mean time, the Liberal group in the European Parliament (ALDE) ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Reforms and the Single Market Are the Future of the Euro Area

The issue because of which the informal European Council on 12 February was convened was left with no attention at all at the summit, the agenda of which was completely overtaken by the situation in Ukraine and the renewed conflict with Greece. The journalists did not pay attention to the third ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EU Is Back in the Greece Mode

There is no doubt that the EU is again in a Greek mode. The issue of the future of Greece has again overtaken the agenda of the EU summits and of the Eurogroup meetings and has returned the feeling of frustration that was forgotten for a while. The big difference from the last time, however, is ...

The debt crisis in the euro area The EU Economic Governance - a Game for Grown-ups

In December, when the new European Council President Donald Tusk decided to call an informal summit in February to discuss the future of the euro area, the elections in Greece were not on the horizon, the attack on Charlie Hebdo had not happened yet and the situation in Ukraine had not dete ...

EU-Russia The European Unity against Russia Has Its Limits

What could be heard very often last week after the extraordinary foreign affairs council of the EU was "unity". However, under the surface it becomes clear that this unity has limits. At the extraordinary meeting of the EU foreign ministers, called on the occasion of the deteriorating situation ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is currently at a hearing in the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament
30 March 2015 16:00
Adelina Marini #Stoltenberg: #Serbia is independent and sovereign which makes its own decisions. They decided to do military exercises with Russia and that is their right. In the same time they are doing exercises with NATO, too. We just have to accept that not all countries want to be members of NATO or at least not immediately
30 March 2015 17:12
Adelina Marini
#crashA230 European Parliament chief @martinschulz has opened the mini plenary session today with a minute of silence of the victims of the airplane crash yesterday over France
25 March 2015 15:10
Adelina Marini
One of the main goals of the #DigitalSingleMarket strategy is the removal of the geo-blockade. According to European Commission data, 52% of all attempts for online orders do not serve the country of the consumer. Very often consumers are re-located to the local store with different prices. "Such discrimination cannot exist in a Single Market", the strategy says
25 March 2015 13:20
Adelina Marini #DigitalSingleMarket #Ansip: Every year 271 million Europeans are making trips to other EU member states during which at least 1 night is spent in another member state. They would like to get access to their legally bought content (music, films) but they can't today
25 March 2015 13:32
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