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Bulgaria Is Testing the Ground for Euro Area Accession
Bulgaria is cautiously preparing to join the euro area. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov after it became evident last week from his letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg, EPP) that there are ongoing negotiations. In the letter, which euinside ...
EU-Russia EU Is Strong in Words, Weak in Action, Jumping from One Crisis into the Next

It is for the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Syria that the EU uses extremely powerful language in an official document. Word is of the foreign ministers’ conclusions from Monday, which include clear accusations towards the Bashar al-Assad regime, but towards R ...

The October EUCO 2016: Welcome to the new EU-reality! Welcome to the EU of Returned Sovereignty!

The thing that got a little neglected at the June EU summit because of the referendum in Great Britain and the migrant crisis in the EU was the taking away (or perhaps the return) of powers from the European Commission in the negotiations of trading policies with third countr ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Long Greek Crisis Is Causing Severe Jet-lag to the Eurogroup

In just a single month a great change happened in the assessment of European institutions of the implementation of the Greek programme. This change does have a price and it is a mismatch in perceptions. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (The Netherlands, Socialists an Democrats) admitted Monda ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Rule of Political Validity, or Orbán's Way towards Illiberalism

Who lost and who won in the Hungarian referendum on Sunday? A well developed democracy should be able to provide an unequivocal answer. Experience with the Brexit, however, shows that even in the most developed of democracies the answer is not always unequivocal, for there was reasonab ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Is ECB Getting Political Too?

The boss of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi gave life to several pieces of news after the end of the summer vacation. Following the regular meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB on September 8th Mr Draghi announced the end of financial fragmentation, repelled the attacks against t ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Is Poland Headed toward Triggering Article 7?

Last week the subject of rule of law in Poland once again got onto the agenda, after the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, who is responsible for the rule of law, reported to Members of the European Parliament on what was (not) achieved in the dialogue ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU How Do We Bring Back the Soul of the EU in the Bodies of Member States?

Precise diagnose, but also fragmentation and lack of credibility in suggesting a treatment. This was the essence of the hour-long speech of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg, EPP) on the state of the European Union, filled with painfully boring cliché ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Autumn of Referenda*

The previous political season ended with a referendum of large magnitude, which shook the entire European Union, but there are mighty aftershocks and individual local earthquakes expected in the new one, for there are three more referenda coming in seismically active areas for the EU and the Eur ...

Turkey and the EU In Its Current State Turkey Cannot Become EU Member

One of the first subjects the European Parliament tackled after its summer break was the situation in Turkey after the coup attempt of July 15. Cause for the debate in the EP’s foreign affairs committee was the visit to Turkey of the committee’s boss Elmar Brok (EPP, German ...

EU-Russia Brexit, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin and his close associates in Moscow may be the one party most encouraged by the British decision to leave the European Union. Mr Putin also must be overjoyed by the irresponsible political campaign statements by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President of the United State ...

euinside in Croatia
Croatian President: Do We Really Believe in the Rule of Law?

Now is a defining moment for Europe and Euro-Atlantic solidarity, when key values need to be reaffirmed. This was the main message in the speech of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović in the London School of Economics this week. During her half-hour speech (you can watch it in the attach ...

latest faces Traycho Traykov: EU Should Have a Single Contact Point with Russia

Exactly two days prior to the presidential elections in the USA, on November 6th, Bulgarians too will be voting for president. This would have hardly mattered, if it wasn’t for the competition in anti-democratism and scandalising society. Some would say that the behaviour of the Republican ...

Western Balkans Montenegro Wants to Leave the Balkan Autistic World

The first hearing of a Montenegro Prime Minister in the European Parliament foreign affairs committee transpired with applause and tears. Applauses for the pro-European affiliation of Milo Đukanović, who otherwise has controversial past, as well as present. The tears were for the Monte ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Populists vs. Lawmakers in the Debate on Spain and Portugal

Instead of a debate on the implementation of the law, the discussion on the temporary suspension of European funds for Spain and Portugal over systemic violations of EU fiscal rules turned into a rebellion against the law. The two and a half hour dialogue between European Commissi ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Not What EU, but Whose Is the EU. That Was the Question in Bratislava

Never since its creation has the European Union had to prove why it is a peace project, whose aim is to prevent armed conflicts between states in Europe. Some member states last year hurried to send their armies to protect their borders, including internal ones for the Union and Schengen, put up ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Rebellion against the Status Quo in EU*

Leaders of EU member states (without Great Britain) gathered in Bratislava for a summit, which brings the charge of setting the beginning of a redefinition of the European Union and its possible rebirth. Less than three months ago the 27 gathered in the margins of the June European Cou ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Commission's Politicalness Is Already Causing Anxiety in the ECB

Something unusual happened on Friday noon, heralding a very tough discussion on the future of Europe, which is already difficult. This happened following the informal meeting of the Eurogroup in Bratislava, which was supposed to send out the usual messages towards Greece on the implementation of ...

Western Balkans What Future for EU Enlargement?

The European Union is gradually coming out of its summer vacation and concentrating its efforts on the upcoming summit of September 16th in Bratislava, during which a vision of the future of the Union needs to get drafted for the times following the June 23rd referendum in Great Britai ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The New EU Security Strategy Reveals Internal and External Insecurity

An important piece of news with a long-term horizon did not manage to push through the flood of short-term solutions that the EU is fully occupied with at the moment. There could hardly be any worse timing for the presentation of the long-awaited global strategy of the EU by High Repre ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit Did Brexit Bring a Long-Awaited Restart of Pro-Europeanism?*

The first days and weeks following the European referendum in Great Britain of June 23 tempt us to give a positive answer to this question after mass confessions were made for lies and manipulations during the campaign and after the start of reactions of regret and taking up initiatives for a re ...

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Adelina Marini
#euco In Brussels begins the October EU summit. On the agenda of the summit are the trade agreement with #Canada, migration, relations with #Russia against the backdrop of its role in Syria. The European Council today and tomorrow will be the first for UK PM Theresa May and for the new #Croatia PM Andrej Plenkovic. Stay tuned for live updates!
20 October 2016 14:32
Adelina Marini #euco #CETA While there are conflicting reports about whether Walonia will approve the latest proposal of the European Commission, #Bulgaria continues to insist on written guarantees and is not happy with what it is being offered so far, euinside has learned from own sources
20 October 2016 22:11
Adelina Marini
#HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic and #Most of independent lists leader Bozo Petrov have announced they had reached an agreement to form a government. The agreement contains a precedent in #Croatia's recent history - a rotating presidency of parliament. Andrej Plenkovic called this decision "a European one"
7 October 2016 12:12
Adelina Marini #Croatia #politikaHR #Plenkovic said it was essential to earn the support of minorities for the sake of tolerance and relations with neighbours
7 October 2016 12:19
Adelina Marini
In the European Parliament has begun a debate on the situation in #Greece with the participation of Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. Stay tuned for live updates
4 October 2016 15:05
Adelina Marini #Greece #Moscovici: By the end of the year I want to see a deal on debt but this requires efforts from all sides - creditors, all partners in the Eurogroup and the Greek authorities
4 October 2016 17:15

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