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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 ...
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 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 ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars Tusk vs Juncker on Migration

The closer the European elections are coming the intenser the inter-institutional conflict becomes, skillfully mitigated by genuine laughter and acid jokes. The winter EU summit in Brussels, on 14-15 December, was the first vivid clash between the leaders of two European institutions - the Europ ...

latest comments A Counterbalance of EU's Macronisation Has Emerged, or a Celtic Tiger II

The prestigious European Charlemagne Prize for 2018 was awarded to French President Emmanuel Macron last week. This is the oldest prize awarded for merit for European unification. It is a recognition of Mr Macron's vision "of a new Europe and of the re-establishment of the European project, of a ...

The Euro Area The Foretold Election of Mario Centeno as Eurogroup President

On December 4, eurozone finance ministers chose their new president for the next two and a half years - Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno. With the election of the successor to the current chairman, Jeroen Dijsselbloem (the Netherlands, Socialists and Democrats), the so-called Eurogroup ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Mario Draghi Plans and Labour Market Laughs

The highest economic growth in a decade exceeding all expectations, as described by European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia, EPP), responsible for the euro, during the presentation of the autumn package of the European Semester on 22 November. Unemployment has dropped down ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over Donald Tusk Has Challenged the Status Quo

The autumn European Council will remain in history with the adoption of the Leaders' Agenda which the EU is looking in the mirror with. At the EU summit on 19-20 October, the leaders of the member states were faced with an existential choice - either to be part of a new EU or slip into the perip ...

latest comments What Does It Mean To Be Pro-European?

Andrej Babis's election victory in the Czech Republic shows that it is high time that we define clearly what does pro-Europeanism really mean, because under this umbrella so many mutually exclusive perceptions and ideologies are put. Good diagnostics of attitudes in the member states will be esp ...

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Croatia Is Starting Preparations To Join Eurozone

The EU's newest member state is starting for a new objective - membership, first in Schengen, and then in the euro area. The Croatian government expects preparations for Schengen to be completed in 2019 and for the euro area it will take more time. To Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic this is an e ...

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 ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars EU Starts Building a European Identity

The migration crisis as well as the sprouting like mushrooms problems with the rule of law and with the European values in various corners of the EU have finally convinced European leaders that it is high time to start building a European identity. The issue has been circulating for a long time ...

latest analyses China Is Playing with the Illiberal Pieces on the EU Chessboard

The traditional summit of China with South-East European countries is usually a time when leaders in this European region get excited and start pumping overwhelming hopes for easy money, many new jobs, improved infrastructure without any strings attached. Especially in countries where the media ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Has Greece Grown Up?

The year-end is usually time for taking stock, and the change of guard in a key euro area institution is a reason for even deeper analyses and even for a book. Not to mention the deepest euro area crisis since the introduction of the single currency. During the farewell with Eurogroup chief Jero ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Can the European Parliament Become Really European?

The European Parliament is one of the main institutions of the European union, often boasting that its members are directly elected by the European citizens, ergo being the most democratically legitimate of them all. With an annual budget of 1.9 billion euros (for 2017), 751 deputies and thousan ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism For the First Time at the Helm of EU Will Be a Country without Rule of Law

From the big-bang enlargement in 2004 onward, on the chair of the EU Council presidency sat various problematic states - with illiberal views (Hungary), countries in a de facto default (Cyprus, Greece), eurosceptics. However, it would be the first time that the presidency will be taken over by a ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU 23 EU Member States Decided To Go for Deeper Integration of Defence

Eight years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU will for the first time use one of its provisions, which lays the foundations of deeper integration in the area of defence and security - the establishment of a permanent structured cooperation in defence (PESCO). Although Proto ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over EU Common Defence Could Be Ready By Year-End

After the powerful commitment of EU member states to start for deep integration in the area of defence, the autumn summit in Brussels on 19-20 October ended in anticipation and calls on all member states, who wish, to "swiftly" notify the Council that they intend to take part in the Permanent St ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission is presenting a new #enlargement strategy today in the European Parliament. The document will be unveiled by EU High Representative for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini (Italy, S&D) and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn (Austria, EPP). Stay tuned for live updates
6 February 2018 14:32
Adelina Marini #Balkans #Hahn: Enlargement remains a regata not a convoy
6 February 2018 16:46
Adelina Marini
Any moment now, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, #Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will debate with MEPs the future of Europe. Stay tuned for live updates
6 February 2018 09:00
Adelina Marini #Plenkovic: The #Croatian government is a reformist one
6 February 2018 12:03
Adelina Marini
@EU_Commission will tomorrow present its long-awaited Western #Balkans strategy in the European Parliament
5 February 2018 12:05
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