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Don't Panic! It's Just Democracy! Sobering Is Next
Is the end of the Greek pains near? Can the new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras fulfil his promises to put an end to the austerity and write off part of the debt? Will the EU fall apart? Is it so scary that a populist extreme left party like Syriza has won an election with almost full majori ...
December European Council - First for Donald Tusk What To Do with the Extreme Wrongs?

One of the greatest challenges for the EU in the coming years will not be the economy, although it is involved. Not even the geopolitical problems. The biggest challenge are the eurosceptic parties as a very general name. This was only hinted about during the European elections in May last ...

The debt crisis in the euro area No More Austerity. It's Time for Investments

Does the EU need changes and what should they be? New legislation or a change of the behaviour when applying the already agreed? Those are questions that have again been raised in the Union because of the uneven economic recovery and the not good economic perspectives the EU is facing both ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Juncker's Plan - Last Chance to Revive Europe

"In the euro area, growth in the third quarter of 2014 was modestly weaker than expected, largely on account of weak investment, and inflation and inflation expectations continued to decline", is written in the updated world economic outlook of the IMF, published on 20 January. This sentenc ...

Western Balkans Serbia and EU at War over Freedom of Speech

While Europe was uniting and rising against the aggression on the freedom of speech with the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, when 12 people were killed, a verbal conflict broke up between Serbia and the EU .... over the freedom of speech. The reason is an article  ...

Western Balkans Putin and Kosovo Stand on the Way of Serbia's EU Integration

In the beginning of 2014, it seemed as though Serbia's European path was sunny and irreversible. This was before Putin annexed the Crimea, invaded Eastern Ukraine and stated that the Balkans are a Russian sphere of influence. In December 2014, Serbia's European path has become cloudy, bumpy and ...

December European Council - First for Donald Tusk Juncker Left the EU Summit with an Empty Christmas Sack

The traditional December EU summit set a record of the shortest one in history. It lasted only a few hours and ended with conclusions of only 2-3 pages. Usually, in end-December, the leaders of the member states gather together in Brussels to make a review of the past year and to set/confirm the ...

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 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 ...

euinside in Croatia
Politics in Croatia Prevailed Over Reason

Croatia's woes have no end. The economy of the country has been in constant decline for six years in a row without a perspective the trend to change soon because the government gave in to politics than to doing deep structural reforms. Unemployment has been growing, the public debt too, also gro ...

EU-Russia EU-Russia - Format C:

Completely in the spirit of the strategically defining remark by the new president of the European Council Donald Tusk that Russia has turned from a strategic partner into a strategic problem, the EU is growing confidently aware of the realities and is moving toward undertaking concrete measures ...

December European Council - First for Donald Tusk Old Secret Police Still Active in Post-Communist Countries

The transition from totalitarianism/communism to democracy and market economy is not a straight line; the most unreformed countries are also the poorest; the old secret services are still a factor in the political life of many of the former communist countries; reforms are reversible. These are ...

latest comments 9/11 for the Freedom of Expression

7 January 2015. The day when the freedom of expression sustained its first large-scale and bloody blow. A little before noon, Europe was hit in the heart, in its most dear - the freedom of expression and freedom in general. Moreover in France, the homeland of Liberté, Égalité ...

The Banking Union Bulgaria Cannot Participate in the 1st Pillar of the Banking Union Without Being Part of the Second

On 1 January 2015 has started functioning, although not at full steam, the second pillar of the banking union - the single resolution mechanism for failing banks. In November 2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) has assumed its new supervisory functions and as of the beginning of this year the ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism They Don't Understand Us

Why are the Bulgarians unhappy? This question has been drawing the attention of international analysts quite often recently but, alas, their analyses rather reveal lack of understanding. The people in the developed world find it hard to understand us because they got acquainted with us after the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Adelina Marini
#FAC #Russia The FM of Belgium @dreynders expects the official position of #Greece on Russia. According to him, it will be good if the EU position on Russia remained united and a decision on more sanctions to be taken. The EU foreign ministers are having an extraordinary meeting today in Brussels to discuss further measures in the wake of the latest events in Ukraine (the rocket attack on Mariupol)
29 January 2015 14:50
Adelina Marini @DLidington: The loss of life that we saw in #Mariupol was the worst loss of life with the single exception of MH17 that we have seen throughout this conflict. It is the EU duty to prepare options for the future including, I think it's now necessary, the possibility of further restrictive measures
29 January 2015 15:27
Adelina Marini
There's no need of changes to the #economicgovernance of the EU (six-pack&two-pack). We only need implementation, said #Latvia's FinMin Jānis Reirs
27 January 2015 14:18
Adelina Marini #Dombrovskis: An assessment of #Italy on its compliance with the public debt rule will be made in March together with the assessment of the draft budgetary plan. All policy options are open
27 January 2015 14:39
Adelina Marini
#CVM The latest Eurobarometer poll on the perceptions of the Bulgarians and Romanians about the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism illustrates the growing gap between Bulgaria and Romania in terms of implementation of the benchmarks in the annual reports. Almost a third of the Romanians say the situation with the shortcomings in the judiciary is improving. The attitudes in neighbouring Bulgaria are quite the opposite. Only 24% are of the opinion that the situation with the fight against organised crime is improving which is down from 38% in 2012. 13% of the respondents said that the situation in the judiciary is improving. In 2012, their number was 33%. The complete Eurobarometer research can be found here euinsi.de/x6hr
27 January 2015 12:46

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