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Emmanuel Macron's Democracy vs. Manfred Weber's
There were big expectations for French President Emmanuel Macron's address in the European Parliament that he would try to breathe new energy into his big plans for the future of the EU and, most of all, the deepening of the integration of the euro area because of the cool winds that came from B ...
latest analyses Mogherini: Syria Is Farther than Ever from Finding a Solution to War

The war in Syria is now entirely dominating the debates in the EU after the use of chemical weapons in Douma and the subsequent coordinated and targeted air operation of the US, UK and France against facilities that produce or process chemical weapons. The issue changed completely the agenda of ...

The Euro Area Isn't It Time to Admit that the Window of Opportunity for a Eurozone Reform Is Closed?

In less than a year, the plans for a reform of the euro area went through several physical conditions. After Emmanuel Macron's election as president of France in the end of last spring, preparations started bubbling up for an almost quantum leap in the deepening of euro area integration. Integra ...

latest news EU Is Among the Few Voices of Reason in the World

During the spring European Council in March, something very interesting happened, which passed somewhat unnoticed against the backdrop of the packed agenda of the two-day summit. Several participants in the summit mentioned Turkey, Russia and the US in one sentence in the context of threats the ...

latest news Negotiations on Next EU Budget Start in a Race with Time

Contrary to expectations, the first talks about the next multiannual budget of the EU (covering the period 2021-2027) passed surprisingly peaceful and in agreement. The EU summit on 23 February was the first opportunity the leaders of the 27 member states exchanged positions about the future for ...

Western Balkans Juncker's Tour of the Western Balkans - Breaking the Ice

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's tour of the six Western Balkan countries in end-February has revealed how late the EU is, how much it missed, and how little it does for a region which emerged in the past years as strategically crucial for the Union. The aim of the visit was t ...

The Euro Area March 4th - the First Major Political Quake in EU in 2018

While the Bulgarians will be getting sober on 4 March after the March 3 celebrations of Independence Day - some celebrating that Putin did not comet this time round and others that, after all, the holiday was honoured by his spiritual hand, Patriarch Kirill, amid the Bulgarian EU ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU February Eurogroup Opened the Season of Horse Trading with EU Top Jobs

The meeting of the eurozone finance ministers on February 19th could have passed completely unnoticed, even for the biggest Eurogroup fans, if it were not for the election of Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos for vice president of the European Central Bank. The meeting did not produc ...

Davos Macron and Merkel with Radical Ideas in Davos for Changing the EU and the World

Something remarkable happened this year in Davos - a real clash between those who want to drag the world backward and bring it back to the entirely male dimension of raw power, and those who want to move up it to the next civilisational level, where a tangible technological, economic and societa ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece Is on Its Way to Reconcile Eurogroup and IMF

2018 marks a new beginning for the Eurogroup, Greece and relations with the International Monetary Fund. The first meeting of the euro area finance ministers started with a new chairman - Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno. There are great expectations for a change of course under his lea ...

Western Balkans EU's Western Balkan Dilemma - the Trickiest Task in 2018

Last year (2017) was not the year of the Western Balkans, as analyses can be read. This was the year of the EU's awakening to this volatile region in its immediate neighbourhood, and the realisation that it is of strategic importance to member states in time of a renewed geopolitical r ...

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The Incident Nobody Saw but Everybody Condemned

Serbia and Croatia know very well they have to repair their relations. The former to be able to join the EU, and the latter to avoid being perceived by its partners as an opportunist. It seems, however, that both countries are doing their utmost to show that a repair is impossible. The latest in ...

Turkey and the EU The EU-Turkey Summit in Varna Showed Dialogue with Erdogan Is Impossible

If 2017 was the year of common European defence, 2018 emerges as the year of common foreign policy. The worsening conflict in the Middle East, trade shoot-outs, tightening of the illiberal belt around the EU, as well as the transformation of key western allies into adversaries are factors that a ...

EU-Russia Cold War, Colder, Salisbury

The attack on the UK has put Russia right after Brexit and Donald Trump as another strong driver of European unification. Britain's decision to leave the EU united the member states in an unprecedented manner. They confirmed their vows not only to continue with the project but also to deepen it. ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Draghi Fears a Repetition of the Same Mistake that Led to the 2008 Crisis

The European Central Bank has made a new, though much smaller, step toward tightening of its monetary policy. The Governing Council decided unanimously on March 8th to remove its easing bias regarding the size and/or length of the net assets purchases programme (APP) - one of the non-standa ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU European Parliament To Be More National or More European? This Is the Question

For the time being, European democracy remains largely national. This is, as briefly described as possible, the outcome of the informal EU summit, which took place in Brussels on 23 February. The result alone is not a big surprise, given the still strong Eurosceptic sentiment. What is surprising ...

Education Commission Wants Education To Top the EU Agenda but the Council Is Wary

The European Commission wants to make a revolution in European education and to create, probably, the greatest integrational epicentre in the EU but the member states are for now inclined only to put another brick in the wall. Moreover, the eurosceptic Visegrad suburb of the EU is very likely to ...

Western Balkans Brussels Finally Got the Western Balkans by the Horns

For the first time, the vision of the European Union for future enlargements acquires a complete and comprehensive look. The strategy outlined on February 6 is the first truly meaningful document that finally made a link between expanding outward and absorbing it inside. The document is as targe ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars Will EU Miss the Window of Opportunity to Deepen the EMU?

In 2017, for the first time in five years, a rare opportunity opened to upgrade the euro area. With the election of Emmanuel Macron, UK's leaving and the good economic and fiscal conditions the reformist atmosphere of 2012 has returned. Back then a decision was taken to build a banking union. Fi ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism The Bulgarian EU Presidency - Time To Look in the Mirror

The first presentation of priorities of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council in the European Parliament was also Bulgaria's first look in the European mirror. And the image there did not look good. This happened in the European Parliament's committee on civil liberties, justice and interna ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars One Small Step in Defence, One Giant Leap for EU

The past 2017 will remain in the history of the European Union as one of the more significant integration years. In 2017, a decision was finally taken to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office, which is a significant step in the so far taboo sphere of European integration. The year will ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission will present today proposals for development of #AI, data economy and digital healthcare. Stay tuned for live updates
25 April 2018 11:58
Adelina Marini Moedas: #AI is not human intelligence. It's about associating numbers
25 April 2018 13:02
Adelina Marini
The European Commission is to present the progress reports of the #WesternBalkans and Turkey. Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn will present the package just a couple of hours after French President Emmanuel #Macron announced he would not support any further enlargement before the EU had deepened. Stay tuned for live updates!
17 April 2018 15:31
Adelina Marini #Hahn: President #Macron was in line with what our president said in his speech of the State of the Union. This is not a contradiction. It's simply acknowledging we have to improve our internal procedures
17 April 2018 16:03
Adelina Marini
#France President Emmanuel #Macron will address the European Parliament this morning and will take part in a debate. This will be an attempt to rescue his European agenda, which has been losing a lot of steam in the past months. Stay tuned for live updates
17 April 2018 09:42
Adelina Marini Long and passionate standing ovation after Emmanuel Macron finished speaking in the European Parliament
17 April 2018 13:22
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