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December European Council - First for Donald Tusk
Bulgaria Is Ready to Participate in Juncker's Investment Fund with Own Money
Bulgaria will participate with money in the future investment fund of the EU but this will be the money allocated to Bulgaria in the common European budget. This is what Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists before the beginning of the EU summit in Brussels a major part of wh ...
December European Council - First for Donald Tusk Bulgaria Does Not See Russia as a Strategic Problem

One of the main issues at today's EU summit will be Russia. The new European Council President Donald Tusk will seek a consensus between the prime ministers and presidents of the 28 member states on a new strategy on Russia, built on the foundation of a modern, stable, independent Ukraine, as we ...

December European Council - First for Donald Tusk Donald Tusk Offers a European Council Diet

The first European Council of the new chief of this format, Donald Tusk, is expected to mark the beginning of a radically different practise. Instead of continuous sessions, often ending in the early hours of the next day, the former prime minister of Poland wants brief and ending before midnigh ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism The Rule of Law Mechanism Is Dead. Long Live the Rule of Law

There is still resistance for the European Commission proposal for the establishment of a common European mechanism to protect the rule of law. This is what Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva told me on Tuesday morning. She is responsible in the new government of Bulgaria for the pr ...

EU-Russia Bulgaria Is To Blame Itself whereas Russia Should Be Concerned with Its Own Economy

Bulgaria's economic problems are due to the consequences of the global economic crisis and of bad governance, said Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov in Brussels asked to comment on another interview [in Russian language] of a Russian high official claiming that membership in the ...

Western Balkans All Parliaments in Bosnia & Herzegovina Must Make a Written Commitment

The EU foreign minsters have tasked the high representative for EU foreign policy Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn to secure as soon as possible a written commitment by Bosnia and Herzegovina for reforms. This happened during the foreign minsters' mee ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Eurosceptics Threaten the Survival of the Stability and Growth Pact

Even before the criteria for application of the much awaited in the EU flexibility of the fiscal rules are published, it is clear that one of them will be the political environment. Hardly this criterion will be articulated officially, but it is being discussed openly in the EU. The issue took m ...

Energy geopolitics EU Has Circled Bulgaria on the Geopolitical Napkin

After so many years of controversy, pressure, disputes and uncertainties, a week ago Russia's President Vladimir Putin surprised everyone by announcing the end of the geopolitical energy project South Stream. The selection of place, the rhetorics used and the essence of his statement caused a wa ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EPP Takes Revenge for Moscovici's Appointment

The new/old flexibility of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) of the EU is already a fact. It was applied by the new European Commission when it presented its opinions on the budgetary plans of the euro area member states. According to the analysis of the draft budgets of 16 countries (without ...

Western Balkans Ivo Vajgl: We Need a "Big Bang" Enlargement to the Western Balkans

All Western Balkan countries have problems that need to be resolved. The European enlargement policy was put to the test because of Ukraine which was not treated as a future EU member, but the circumstances today have changed. At the same time, the European Commission and its President Jean-Clau ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Non-Confidence Vote Against Juncker's Commission - Great Interest but not Interesting

The first one hundred days not having passed yet and the first political European Commission was subjected to a non-confidence vote because of its President Jean-Claude Juncker - a former prime minister and minister of finance of Luxembourg several terms in a row - who is deemed responsible ...

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Slovenia, Austria and Croatia Are Sceptical about Juncker's Investment Plan

The prime ministers of Croatia, Slovenia and Austria - Zoran Milanovic, Miro Cerar and Werner Faymann - gave a torpid support for Jean-Claude Juncker's investment plan at their trilateral summit in the Croatian town of Opatija, on the Adriatic coastline. In their joint declaration, the three pre ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Meglena Kuneva: There Will Be No Dramatic Change of Facts in Commission's CVM Report

The Bulgarian government recognises the need of a judicial reform and is actively working on this issue but if the Supreme Judicial Council and the parliament do not recognise their own responsibility the picture will not be complete. The judicial reform should stop being a battle field because ...

Western Balkans Daniel Mitov: The Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina Cannot Be Applied for Macedonia

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a special case and the EU's new approach toward the country is not applicable for any other of the candidate countries from the Western Balkans but also from the Eastern Partnership if, at some point in the future, such a process begins for them as well, said Bulgaria's ...

latest news Daniel Mitov: If Aleppo Plan Is Successful It Will Limit the Migration Pressure on Bulgaria

The EU foreign ministers have expressed their full support for the efforts of UN's special envoy Staffan de Mistura to achieve a de-escalation of violence in Syria and especially a freezing of the military activities in Aleppo. The city is not only with big population but is also of great import ...

latest analyses Who Takes the Lead: Sweden’s Political Deadlock

Besides the common perception that Sweden is experiencing more peaks than valleys, the country has now entered political instability for the first time since more than two decades. The Social Democratic Party and the Green Party minority government’s resignation amid a political crisi ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The New European Council President Donald Tusk Is a Fighter against Hopelessness and Monotony

The first week of change in EU is already a fact. As of 1 December, at the helm of the European Council - the most powerful and policy-defining body in the EU - has stood Donald Tusk, the former prime minister of Poland. His very first activities set the tone of a significant change of the post, ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Juncker Threw the Gauntlet to the Member States with the Investment Plan

The new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has pulled the bull's horns by challenging the European Parliament, the member states and the business. On 26 November he presented the long-awaited investment plan which has turned into a central topic for the new Commission. And ...

Western Balkans Andrey Kovatchev: Bosnia and Herzegovina Needs New State Structure

In order to have enlargement there should be desire from both sides. On the one side are the countries that want accession and on the other is the public opinion in the EU member states, especially the old ones. Currently, there is no such desire in Germany, France, which does not mean suspendin ...

latest news It's Not Only the Economy, Stupid!

There would have hardly been a better moment for the visit of Pope Francis to the European Parliament, where he held a philosophically-political speech, entirely aimed at the EU, its citizens, politicians and neighbours. He came to Strasbourg soon after the celebration of the 25th anniversary of ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Can We Trust the Member States for the European Prosecutor's Office?

The more the discussions in the various EU formats deepen on the European Commission's proposal for a single European Prosecution's Office, the more the disagreements and uncertainties. The Italian presidency aims to accelerate the negotiations in the Council but it seems that they will continue ...

 
free talk corner
Adelina Marini
#euco Donald #Tusk: This is my 48th European Council but the first as president. This means that I'm very experienced but I feel like a debutant. I have to admit that I have something like a stage fight
18 December 2014 14:18
Adelina Marini #euco Donald #Tusk: Tonight wasn't a donors' conference (he refers to the discussion of the investment plan)
18 December 2014 23:52
Adelina Marini
#FAC Federica #Mogherini: There's a good chance #Russia to play a good role for Syria
15 December 2014 17:18
Adelina Marini #FAC Federica #Mogherini: The strategy for the EU- #Russia relations will be ready in the first months of 2015
15 December 2014 17:30
Adelina Marini
#euco The EU member states invite the Commission to present a proposal on an #energyunion by the spring European Council in March, according to draft conclusions leaked by The Financial Times euinsi.de/PnHL
11 December 2014 12:46
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