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#EP2014: For More or Less Europe
Ideological Battle between European Commission President Candidates
Contrary to the lack of ideology on the Bulgarian political stage, the European political parties are competing on purely ideological grounds in the campaign for the European elections in May, as this is mostly visible in the battle for the presidential position in the European Commission. ...
Institutional Affairs of the EU Bulgaria Needs a Roadmap for Euro Area Membership

To 30% of Bulgarian citizens, nothing has changed in the first seven years of Bulgaria's EU membership. 23 per cent believe that Bulgaria has sustained losses from the membership, while 36% believe that, on the contrary, the country has gained. This is a significant drop in comparison to the fir ...

You Move Europe How Much Europe Gives Us and How Much Does It Cost Us?

To be able to answer correctly this question it is important before that to ask ourselves another one - what did we expect from the EU and did we get it? In the entire process of accession, from the moment when the decision to apply for EU membership was taken, through the negotiations, up to th ...

You Move Europe Very Hard Landing for the European Integration

Where is the EU after the euro area crisis? Where is it going to? What have the dreams of the Bulgarians turned into? The EU as an economy or as politics? Bulgaria more than ever needs to make a choice. This is the shortest summary of the second debate (the first took place on March 25th) from t ...

You Move Europe We Need a New Convent for EU

"What does the EU give us?", "We and they", "So what?", "Who are we sending in the European Parliament and why?". Those were some of the questions discussed during the first debate in the framework of the MoveBG's European agenda, which euinside is a strategic partner of (the entire debate can b ...

You Move Europe The Debate about a EU Reform Finally in Bulgaria

In the United Kingdom, but since recently in Germany, the Nordic countries and some other parts of the European Union as well, an intensive debate is ongoing about whether the Union needs reforms and what should they be. The debate was inspired by the British Prime Minister David Cameron's famou ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism The Path toward Article 7 of EU Treaty Is Now Clear

In the past years, in Bulgaria, I have noticed that the phrase "rule of law" is completely incomprehensible and therefore it is empty of content. For most people this is some kind of a western fiction which sounds as non-understandable as trade with derivatives. The result is not surprising bear ...

EU-Russia Is It Time for the Napkin?

May be it is still early to talk about a repetition of the historic episode with the napkin on which, presumably, the trio Churchill-Stalin-Roosevelt drew, after the end of World War II, where the Iron Curtain would pass through. In other words, they sketched their areas of influence. Back then, ...

Western Balkans Alexander Vucic Sees Serbia's Future with EU and Russia

Serbia has chosen on Sunday old content in a new pack. The former Serbian radicals are already redressed democrats and European integrationists with an absolute majority in Parliament and practically with no opposition. The conservative Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), led by Alexander Vucic, ha ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Indebtedness Is the Biggest Hurdle to Growth

The European economy is facing a not very inspiring growth, according to the European Commission's winter forecast. And although the situation is not as cloudy as it was in the autumn or the winter of 2013, the perspectives continue to be uncertain. A week after the publishing of the winter fore ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Merkel Is Mutti Not Only To Germans But To All Europeans

2 weeks ahead of the long awaited visit by Angela Merkel in London, I myself had to go to the British capital. I have to admit that my heart was bleeding because I have the stamp on my ID documents saying "Bulgarian" and I was worried how exactly will I pass the border control after the hysteria ...

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Is EU Ready To Change Approach toward Bosnia and Herzegovina?

In the beginning of February, Bosnia and Herzegovina reminded of itself again and seriously worried, especially its neighbours which, with terror, recalled the bloody wars that accompanied the break-up of former Yugoslavia in the beginning of the 1990s. The mass protests that erupted across the ...

#EP2014: For More or Less Europe A Clash between National and European in the European Elections

For the first time in the EU, you will hear, we have a broad choice. We can vote for a specific candidate for the post of the European Commission president, not only for members of the European Parliament. The candidates of the biggest political families in Europe were selected in the American s ...

Energy geopolitics From Common Energy Market Toward Energy Union

The eurozone crisis erupted in the beginning of 2009 when it slightly started to become clear that in its foundation were instable architecture, various standards, political and financial cultures. When one after another governments started to default, while there was hysteria on the internation ...

The Banking Union Finally a Compromise about the Banking Union's 2nd Pillar which Finds EU Treaties Completely Exhausted

The good news with which the spring began in the European Union is that, finally, an agreement has been reached on the second pillar of the banking union - the single resolution mechanism (SRM) for failing banks - which is to undergo final approval by the European Parliament at its las ...

Transatlantic relations EU Is Not London, Prague or Lisbon but Brussels

President Obama came to Europe in a tough geopolitical moment for the continent to convey several very strong messages. One is to confirm that the US stands behind Europe. The second is that this now has a price. And the third is that the new geopolitical situation in Europe's neighbourhood is m ...

Montenegro Starts EU Accession Negotiations Igor Luksic: Security of Journalists in Montenegro Is a Priority

Montenegro is one of the countries where the media environment is quite worrying. This is clear from the European Commission's report on the tiny Balkan country's progress in the accession negotiations with the EU. The report pays special attention on media. Montenegro is one of the countries wh ...

EU-Russia EU in the New World Order after Crimea

There is no doubt that after the referendum in Crimea and its annexation by Russia we are awaiting the dawn of a new world order. An order where not all countries abide to international treaties, laws and order, where there is a new wave of authoritarianism in strategic countries. Is the Europea ...

The Banking Union Wolfgang Schäuble: European Parliament's Peremptory Tone Is Unacceptable

"The Clock is ticking", wrote on March 10th Corien Wortmann-Kool, a member of the European Parliament from the EPP (The Netherlands) on Twitter on the occasion of the then upcoming new round of negotiations in the trilogue among the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council on the seco ...

EU-Russia EU Wants To Give Chance To Dialogue with Russia

Something like an ultimatum, something like a deal, something like determination. This is how we can roughly sum up the agreement the leaders of the EU member states reached on March 6th to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Now that the first reactions from the joint statement of the member states, an ...

EU-Russia A Union With Dissociative Identity Disorder

The developments in Ukraine have again demonstrated the poor state the European Union finds itself institutionally. The way the Union mediated in the negotiations between the opposition and the rulers in Ukraine a week ago again revealed the double identity of the EU, especially in terms of its ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic gave a mandate to Alexander Vucic to form the country's new government. The leader of the Serbian Progressive Party said the new cabinet will be revealed on Sunday. He only mentioned that there will be many experts among the ministers
22 April 2014 17:31
Adelina Marini
#energyunion Polish PM Donald Tusk has presented more details of his idea for an energy union within the EU. In an article for The Financial Times, Mr Tusk outlines the framework of the union in five points. First, a single body should be created to negotiate energy contracts with Russia on behalf of the member states. Second, solidarity of energy supplies should be guaranteed among the member states. Building an adequate energy infrastructure is the third point. Full exploitation of the available fossil fuels, including coal and shale gas. And fifth, taking advantage of the recently created global gas market. The complete text of the article can be found here euinsi.de/1apj
22 April 2014 10:56
Adelina Marini
#SRM #Bankingunion By 588 votes in support and 88 votes against the European Parliament has approved the deal on the establishment of a single resolution mechanism for failing banks, also known as the second pillar of the banking union. More details you can find here euinsi.de/VNLw
15 April 2014 13:31
Adelina Marini #SRM VP @VivianeRedingEU said on the occasion of the European Parliament vote that the EU is federalising banking resolution
15 April 2014 13:37
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