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To Brexit or Not To Brexit
The Big Fat Brexit*
On the eve of its 60th anniversary the European Union is no longer just enlarging, but contracting as well. For the first time (excluding the special case of Greenland) in the history of the Union a member state takes the road not taken towards the exit. Who would have thought that when the just ...
latest analyses France Chose Positive Rebellion Over Populist Revolution ... for Now

Marine Le Pen was supposed to be the anti-systemic player who gathers the anti-establishment protest vote, just like Geert Wilders was supposed to be in The Netherlands. Both of them, however, have been in politics long enough to expose the lack of substance in their platforms and leave some l ...

latest analyses Stockholm Terrorist Attack Requires New Outlines for Swedish Policies on Migration and Security

Sorrow and strength have emerged in Stockholm after the terrorist attack in the city on April 7th, 2017. It happened just a few days after terror attacks in London and Saint Petersburg. The result is 4 dead on Drottningsgatan (The Queen’s Street), of whom Swedish citizens, 1 British and 1 ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Could Greece Really Turn the Page?

Will Greece manage to complete its bailout programme this time? This is the question that is hovering in the air after on April 7 the Eurogroup agreed in principle on the fiscal and reformist path of Greece after the programme expires next year. Since February, the Greek news from the meetings o ...

Western Balkans A Putin or Erdoğan Scenario for Serbia After the Elections?

The big news of the presidential elections in Serbia is that now there is opposition. After five years reign of Aleksandar Vučić and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the opposition was virtually gone. It was divided into dozens of parties and movements with different ideologies - from ultra- ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU At 60 EU Enters a New Phase in Life

On his 60th birthday, the European Union decided to part with its idealism and move towards pragmatism. As euinside reported over recent years (here and here), the romantic period of the Union - the unification of Europe and the invention of a mechanism for preserving peace - is long o ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU of Those Running Fast, or of Those Arriving Together?

A lot of tension has piled up in the EU over the last decade between the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the signing of the treaties of Rome, which laid the foundation of today’s European Union. When the half-century anniversary was celebrated, the EU had just finished the arduous proc ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Commission Monitoring Mechanism Will Remain for as Long as Necessary

The EU Council of Ministers poured some cold water on all attempts of Bulgarian politicians at gaining the removal of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), through which the European Commission monitors the progress in creating an independent judiciary and the fight against corr ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Poland's Weird March Against Its Own Self

Poland opened a new front of confrontation with the EU, but it seems that it will lose. This week the leaders of the member states are about to elect the former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk (EPP) to his second term at the head of the European Council, but the government of the ultra-conserv ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Hristo Ivanov: The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Must Be Upgraded!

Some will say "Finally!", others - "They are late", and yet third ones will watch in disbelief, but ten years after its accession to the European Union Bulgaria finally has its first party, whose main task is fighting corruption. The party was founded at the beginning of the year, it is named "D ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Debate on the EU - Informed vs. Uninformed, or Intentionally Misleading

I have began to avoid debates on the future of Europe, for in the last few years they have turned into a boring and pointless exercise, during which moderators ask some too general questions, which have already been asked a thousand times and the invited participants reply in an even more genera ...

euinside in Croatia
Does Croatia Have the Political Will to Implement Reforms?

All reforms, concerning Croatia’s long-term future, are practically blocked. This is the conclusion of the European Commission report on macroeconomic imbalances. Croatia is among the six countries experiencing excessive macroeconomic imbalances and are thus placed under special ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Thanks to EPP Blessing the Commission Has Finally Taken Up Hungary

Should you wish to build an illiberal regime within the EU without fear of the almighty Article 2 of the Treaty of Lisbon, do like Orbán, not like Kaczyński – agree to all manner of dialogues and political debates, initiated by the Brussels clerks, nod in understanding, an ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU 16 Member States Will Establish the EPPO

After nearly four years of negotiations, many concessions and compromises, and a significant change from the original proposal, the European Public Prosecutor's Office for combating financial fraud with EU funds will be created by only 16 member states in the so-called enhanced coopera ...

latest analyses Has Populism Been Defeated in The Netherlands and What Lessons for EU?

The elections in the Netherlands attracted so much media attention for the first time in recent history. The dominating narratives – domino-effect, Trump-effect, Nexit, Wilders vs. Rutte – were all simplistic and based on little understanding of the national context and Dutch politic ...

latest comments The Bulgarian Paradox - How To Stay with Russia and EU in the Same Bed

There is something rotten in the European Union and you can feel it for some time now. This feeling led to a desire in some member states to break free from the handbrake that others are pulling on their development. The rottenness is felt the strongest in those countries, which are not quite su ...

Western Balkans EU Is Trying To Restart the European Integration of the Western Balkans

There is some good news and some bad news for the Western Balkans in the past few weeks. The good news is that the European Union has finally come to realise that there is something rotten in the Balkans and has matured to a change in the narrative. The bad news is this is too late and ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Hungary Brings Up Communism as a Shield Against Criticism About the State of its Democracy

There was another hearing in the European Parliament last week on the state of human rights and rule of law in Hungary, but as a Hungarian colleague of mine wrote to me “did they say anything new to make it worth watching”. He had not watched it. Actually there were new thi ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Juncker to Member States: We Need To Talk!

What is wrong with the EU? It is the product of compromise, the result of which is complex legislation, with many exceptions, which creates pockets of integration and practically just the illusion of a single market and community in general. Compromise is deeply embedded in the fabric of the EU, ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Bulgaria Is Not Catching Up With EU Peers on Income Convergence

In ten years of EU membership Bulgaria has shown no progress in income convergence with the rest of the member states. Bulgaria remains at the same relative position regarding its peers. This is the toughest conclusion in the annual economic in-depth analysis of the European Commission ...

Energy geopolitics Dalia Grybauskaitė: Energy Is Not Economy, It's Geopolitics!

Who says there is a lack of leaders in the EU? The president of little Lithuania proves the exact opposite. Dalia Grybauskaitė is well known at the European scene. She was the first Lithuanian European commissioner and besides was in charge of a very important portfolio in the first commission ...

 
free talk corner
Adelina Marini
The press conference after the monthly #ECB Governing Council meeting is starting. Stay tuned for live updates
27 April 2017 14:33
Adelina Marini #Draghi: The balance between geopolitical and domestic risks has changed. Domestic risks have decreased but the geopolitical risks have increased
27 April 2017 15:16
Adelina Marini
#Brexit Nine months after the referendum on EU membership, the UK has today handed a formal notification that it is leaving. The letter triggering #Article50 was handed by UK Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow to European Council President Donald Tusk. Thus the negotiations on Brexit have officially begun
29 March 2017 13:47
Adelina Marini #Article50 #Tusk: Thank you and good bye!
29 March 2017 14:05
Adelina Marini
European Commission First Vice President Frans #Timmermans is reporting on the rule of law procedure against #Poland in the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee of the European Parliament. Stay tuned for live updates
22 March 2017 16:46
Adelina Marini #Poland #Timmermans: In every country there are problems with the rule of law. No country is above the law. But it is never an excuse that someone else is doing the same
22 March 2017 17:48
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