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The Price of European Veto or How It Failed To Settle a Dispute between Slovenia and Croatia
In April 2009 the Stabilisation and Association Council had their fifth meeting with Croatia. Four years before its accession. Its “considerable” efforts for reforms and the progress made were commended. Negotiations had entered in their decisive phase. Little to go. Just two years l ...
Western Balkans A Look on Macedonia and Greece through the Maybach

July 15th is a date to remember for Greece and Macedonia. Last Wednesday the European Commission untied the purse strings to help the exhausted from long years of recession Greek economy, thus trying to balance out the wildfire conflict in the Eurozone, provoked by the inability to rea ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EU Brings Out the Bag of Carrots for Greece

The change of tone of EU towards Greece over the last week is significant. The GRexit came out of the agenda, the Eurozone is back in work mode and started to prepare the next programme with Greece and even the flow of cash towards Athens is back on line. It is surely difficult to tell if t ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Eurozone Is More United than Ever

Criticism like a summer storm has been pouring down from everywhere over the last few days aimed at the Monday morning deal between the Eurozone and Greece. The main arguments are that this is a brutal diplomatic blow at Greece, the currency club has never stood more divided, and this is one ver ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece Got a Promise for a Deal

Hundreds of hours of negotiations, multiple meetings over the last six months, many punches below the belt exchanged, insults, playing around with history, mocking democracy, and a huge waste of paper and energy were invested in Greece staying in the Eurozone, practically in a pre-accession regi ...

The debt crisis in the euro area No Alternative for Greece but Austerity

Leaders of Eurozone countries are convening again to decide what to do with Greece after the controversial referendum held last Sunday which resulted in rejection of the already obsolete bailout program. While everyone claims they want Greece to stay in the Eurozone, the currency club is practic ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece in Quick Sands: Germany's Crusade against Populism in Europe

In the analysis of the current Greek row with the country’s creditors, and of its inimical relationship with the EU as a whole, one must differentiate between the process and the action, if it were not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. The negotiations with the govern ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Brussels, We've Got a Problem!

For the first time since the start of the Greek crisis six years ago, or come to think of it in the entire EU history, the Union faces the exit of a member country. And totally unprecedented  (if long overdue) the EU directly addresses member country voters. All of this is the direct result ...

The June Summit of Ins and Outs Greece Needs More than a Deal

A mighty consensus is brewing in Brussels that even if a last-minute deal is struck with Greece it is not going to solve neither its problems, nor the Eurozone problems with Greek origin. While numerous Eurogroup meetings and the leaders’ summits continue, the feeling that more than a deal ...

The June Summit of Ins and Outs To Brexit or Not To Brexit

It looks like a heavy program for the EU summit starting today in Brussels. There is almost no topic on the agenda that does not test the stability of the Union – whether at its core (the Eurozone) or its entirety. Somewhere in between the quarrel over mandatory immigrant quotas and the ex ...

The June Summit of Ins and Outs The Major Eurozone Reform To Start after the UK Referendum

The new report of the five presidents – the bosses of the Eurogroup, ECB, Euro Summit, European Commission, and European Parliament – reheats some leftover dishes but has some new ideas too. The most important changes that would require opening up of the founding treaties are suggest ...

latest analyses Will There Be a Useful Vote in France’s 2017 Presidential Election?

The year is 2002. Polls are showing (not for the first time by the way) Jacques Chirac’s chances for winning the presidential election as slim. Taking into consideration the suggestion of his closest advisor (and daughter), Claude Chirac, the President starts his campaign earlier than usua ...

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Croatia Is Not Greece … Yet

On July 1st Croatia marks the second anniversary of its accession to the EU. Hardly an occasion to celebrate in view of the surprising development of the Greek crisis. It is not so much the Croats doubting their decision to join a union on the brink of disintegration but rather because the Croat ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Bulgaria in a Bitter Fight for a Reform of the Judiciary. It Needs Help

In the midst of the heavy Greek drama the EU has hardly any time and energy for Bulgaria and Romania’s problems with rule of law, that in no way threaten the survival of the Eurozone or the EU. However, what is happening in the two countries at the moment is extremely important. The situat ...

latest analyses Nicolas Sarkozy Wants a Comeback but Is not Wanted

Nicolas Sarkozy is firmly set on coming back to the Élysée Palace in the 2017 elections. The first obstacle to his new goal in life is the primary elections of the right and part of center political parties. After a short absence from politics Nicolas Sarkozy came back home and sei ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Who Is Guy Verhofstadt?

It is extremely rare for Bulgarian society to get inflamed over a European subject and even rarer to be impressed by a European leader. It is Guy Verhofstadt who managed to accomplish that. His speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday morning during the debate with Greek Prime Minister Ale ...

The debt crisis in the euro area It's the Democracy, Stupid!

The referendum in Greece ended with an expected result – NO. Although it is yet to be seen what the implications of this vote will be to Greece itself and to the future of the Eurozone, it is important not to miss a very important effect of the “GReferendum” as it became popula ...

Industry and Innovation Finally! Now We Have a Genuine European Union! #noroaming

After waiving visa requirements, introducing the Euro, and the creation of the banking union the suspension of roaming as of 15 June 2017 is the next big step in European integration. It is kind of ridiculous in a union where you use the same currency to be unable to use your phone and, even wor ...

The June Summit of Ins and Outs Exhausted and Weary EU Is Looking for the Smallest Common Denominator of its Unity

You know that moment of tiredness when you wish so bad for it all to be over, even something you have put hard work into for years. That moment came on Thursday night in the EU when the leaders of the 28 member countries negotiated, or rather, as sources claim, quarrelled fearsomely and not over ...

The June Summit of Ins and Outs Northern Eurozone Members Need to be Honest on Greece

The latest crisis with Greece will end as always – the next expensive loan will be lent until the next crunch, thinks Syed Kamall, leader of the third largest group in the European Parliament – the European Conservatives and Reformists. In an interview for euinside he stated that the ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece – a Never Ending Story

The biggest piece of news that came from the emergency summit of the Eurozone countries is that Greece has finally managed to submit something like a proposal, something that was expected of them for four months, ever since the decision to extend the current bailout program by four months &ndash ...

The debt crisis in the euro area How Long to the Grexit?

The tired faces of the ministers representing the institutions before the Eurogroup meeting on Thursday turned into grim expressions after the session, which was longer than anticipated, considering the outcome. And if their faces, after uttering several worrisome lines, were not enough, the fac ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The #migrant route toward Europe has shifted through the Western Balkans, The New York Times reports. The newspaper quotes Hungarian authorities, who claim the shift of migrant flows is due to some extent to the many drownings in the Mediterranean, to the more centralised policy of the EU as well as the tightening of visa regime in Middle East countries. Another reason is that Bulgaria has significantly tightened border control, as well as Iran. Between January and June 79,000 people crossed illegally from Turkey into Greece, according to Frontex. Some of them continued through Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary. NYT writes that the shift is already causing sharp rises of the anti-migrant sentiments in the Balkans and is boosting nationalist parties euinsi.de/udqK
20 July 2015 09:10
Adelina Marini
The #Greek parliament has approved the conditions the euro area demanded to be voted on before starting negotiations on a third bailout programme. In the early hours of Thursday the parliament in Athens voted the measures with 229 MPs supporting the prior actions, the Kathimerini newspaper reported. 64 members of the party of PM Alexis Tsipras, SYRIZA, voted against the package. All MPs from the coalition partner Independent Greeks supported the legislation. The newspaper commented that with such support the government has received a mandated to continue to govern. Now the Eurogroup has to give a mandate for a start of the negotiations on a third bailout programme. However, in some member states this needs parliamentary approval
16 July 2015 08:51
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup has re-elected Jeroen #Dijsselbloem as president
13 July 2015 18:20
Adelina Marini #Dijsselbloem: It won't be easy (the negotiations on the bridge financing)
13 July 2015 18:55
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