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Serbia between the Past and the Present in Its Draft National Security Strategy
Against the backdrop of the incessant provocations of Serbia's Defence Minister Alexander Vulin to neighbouring countries, and especially Croatia, the draft [in Serbian language] of a new national security strategy, published for public discussion by his ministry, makes an unsuccessful ...
The debt crisis in the euro area A Lukewarm Welcome for Greece's Growth Strategy

By June 21st, the euro area must be ready with a plan for Greece's exit from the third and last bailout programme, which will officially happen in August. However, the most important elements of this plan are still missing. Those are the Greek government's growth strategy for the post-programme ...

The Euro Area Normalisation of Growth in the Euro Area or Dark Clouds?

It is growingly evident that by June, when the deadline of Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda expires, there will be not even an 'r' left of the euro area reforms. The question is, though, whether circumstances would push the member states, again, to be more active. And the circumstances are a weaken ...

latest analyses 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 ...

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 ...

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Jozo Rados: The Next European Parliament Could Be Worse

The European Parliament elections will most likely take place on 23-26 May 2019 across the EU. What they may be remembered with is the conflict between French President Emmanuel Macron and some of the big European political families and especially the European People's Party's. After winnin ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Is Laying the Foundations of a European Defence Union

When France and the UK decided to join efforts with the US to respond to the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma many in the EU, mostly in the European Parliament, criticised the two EU member states for not consulting at EU level on the upcoming strikes. Moreover, the leader of the Libe ...

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 ...

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 ...

 
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Adelina Marini
Today is a #Eurogroup day with two hot issues on the agenda. The first is #Greece's exit from the bailout programme. The other will take place in an expanded EU-format as it deals with the completion of the banking union and the reform of the #ESM. Although not on the agenda officially, another hot issue is the new government in Italy. Yesterday, President Sergio Mattarella gave Giuseppe Conte a mandate to form a coalition government between the populist M5S and the eurosceptic Lega. Stay tuned for live updates
24 May 2018 14:18
Adelina Marini Centeno: The #Eurogroup did not discuss Italian policies today. We have a well-established framework in the SGP
24 May 2018 20:34
Adelina Marini
The #EUWesternBalkans summit is over. The press conference is starting. Stay tuned for live updates
17 May 2018 14:56
Adelina Marini Tusk: The US is still the possible closest partner
17 May 2018 15:24
Adelina Marini
The European Commission will open today the season of the grand bargaining over the next multiannual EU budget. Significant changes are expected in terms of priorities and size. The Commission will unveil its proposal on how Budget 2021-2027 should look like. After that, the ball is in the member states' hands. Stay tuned for live updates
2 May 2018 12:55
Adelina Marini #MFF The Commission proposes 30 bn euros in loans guarantees in the form of a European Investment Stabilisation Function, also known as a budget for the eurozone
2 May 2018 14:11
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