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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 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 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 ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over A Power Struggle in the EU

A change of the centre of power is cooking in the European Union. And this is far from a good news for the Union, as it bodes its transformation into something very different from what it is now - a community in which the supranational and national interests are balanced so as to preserve unity ...

The Euro Area ESM To Transform into a European Monetary Fund

This year is on its way to repeat the ambition of 2012 when the construction of the banking union started and when the permanent rescue fund of the euro area was created. That was the year when a big step in the euro area integration was made and in the EU at large. After a five-year deadlock in ...

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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 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 ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over Sofia Wants To Be Thessalonнki II but It Lacks Substance and Momentum

The Western Balkans will be a central priority of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency, which starts on January 1st. This is both a very good and a very bad piece of news. Very good because this region is strategically very important for the Union. Very bad because the subject is too big a spoon ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Finally the European Prosecutor's Office Is Born

After four years of tough negotiations, the European Union has made a big integration step in an area which has always been a taboo - justice and home affairs. On 12 October, the justice ministers of 20 member states voted unanimously to create an office of the European prosecutor (EPPO), who wi ...

Western Balkans Elections in Germany and Their Impact on the Western Balkans

The elections in Germany confirmed the victory of the CDU-CSU coalition, albeit with less votes than in past elections. Obviously, the result will not undermine Germany's role in Europe and in the Balkans, neither Chancellor Angela Merkel's position. The Chancellor remains a significant figure t ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission is about to announce its decision whether to recommend stripping #Poland of its voting rights in the Council because of the systemic undermining of the rule of law. Stay tuned for live updates
20 December 2017 12:23
Adelina Marini #ruleoflaw Timmermans: We cannot take into account how some people will react if there is a clear legal need to act
20 December 2017 13:30
Adelina Marini
#EUCO This afternoon, in Brussels, will begin the last EU summit this year. It will be the first that will work on Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda (details in the link below). In his agenda two topics are planned for the December European Council - migration and the future of the EMU. Both have already created strong tensions between Tusk and the Commission after the European Council president came up with documents of his own, which are much more reduced than those of the Commission, and reactions in the building across the street were furious. The leaders will mark the launch by 25 member states of PESCO at a special ceremony today. Leaders will be joined by NATO secretary general to discuss EU-NATO cooperation. Leaders are also expected to extend sanctions against Russia after hearing a report by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Progress on the Brexit negotiations will be discussed on Friday. This is one of the toxic issues on the agenda. On Friday will take place also the expanded euro area summit, which is open for non-euro countries as well. Stay tuned for details and live updates throughout the day and tomorrow! euinsi.de/0Dcy
14 December 2017 10:17
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I'm sure Avramopoulos's words are a misunderstanding and we should not pay so much attention
15 December 2017 14:49
Adelina Marini
During a hearing at the economic committee of EP #Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem paid tribute to #Greece for the impressive implementation of the 3rd bailout programme
7 December 2017 09:19
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: I remember when #Germany as the sick man of Europe but they did significant reforms. I'd tell the Germans that this impact won't last forever
7 December 2017 11:02
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