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EC Expects Croatia To Complete All Failed Reforms
Croatia suffers from severe structural problems, which add to the acute political crisis. In this year’s country-specific recommendations the European Commission continues to demand that the country completes all the reforms that had been proposed by the government up to now, but ...
latest news EC Has Too Specific Recommendations to Bulgaria for Too Serious Problems

A heavy sentence was read on government in Bulgaria with this year’s package of documents on the European semester, whose culmination came on May 18th with the presentation of the country-specific recommendations for every single member state. The European Commission is attemptin ...

Western Balkans Commission Knows Not What To Do with Macedonia

Whatever government is produced by the snap parliamentary elections in Macedonia, it would not be recognised as a credible partner of the international community, because three of the four major political parties in the former Yugoslav republic will not be participating in the elections. This wa ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Spring Economic Forecast: Going out of Austerity Back To Keynesianism

This week, the European Commission revised down its forecast for the EU’s economic growth because of the continuing global instability, but also because of the internal European instability. The EC expects the effect on growth of the low oil prices and the devaluation of the euro to wane, ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Is There a Future for the European Project?

“Et tu, Brute?” would Julius Caesar ask Austria today, after, at the first round of the presidential elections, the far-right Freedom Party came back to the political scene with a bang. The party’s candidate Norbert Hofer came out first and the chances of him being the next p ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Eurogroup and IMF Have Come Closer to Agreement on Greek Debt

The end of the dispute between the International Monetary Fund and the EU on the third Greek bailout programme is now near. This became evident during the informal meeting of the Eurogroup in Amsterdam last Friday. A compromise solution was reached then, which allows for the IMF to receive guara ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Hungary Tripped the EU again with Poland's Help on LGBTI Rights

Continuing the saga from the beginning of December, when Hungary and Poland blocked a deal, being prepared for over five years to settle asset disputes of married couples and registered partnerships, including gay couples, in the beginning of March the Social Affairs Council of the EU ...

latest comments Kill a Cartoon, Save a Dictator!

A year ago everyone was “Charlie Hebdo”. Terrorists broke into the office of the French satirical magazine on 7 January 2015 and murdered 12 people. This was viewed all over Europe and beyond as an attack on freedom of speech, regardless of the bad aftertaste that many of the magazin ...

Western Balkans EU Enlargement Is Going the Route of "Titanic"

The EU’s enlargement policy has turned in recent years from the most successful into the weakest and least perspective community policy. After in the summer of 2013 the EU swallowed the 28th member, the process got stuck in the quagmire of geopolitics, reforms fatigue and the European Un ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Mr Juncker, Didn't Obama Show You How It's Done?

On Wednesday, there was an event held in the EU, which usually doesn’t gather much attention, but the combination with other events made it attractive. We are talking about the visit of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Brussels. Yes, no mistake. We are talking about the ...

Western Balkans Karadžić Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison, Reconciliation Still Far Away

Finally! 21 years after the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina one of those most responsible for it – the former leader of Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadžić – was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to a total of 40 years in prison. The ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism What Does Bulgaria See in the CVM Mirror?

Bulgarian MEPs from three political groups (EPP, Socialists and Democrats, ALDE) requested the lifting of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), with which Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007. This happened during an outrageous debate in the Committee on Civ ...

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Instead of Reform after Reform, Scandal after Scandal in Croatia

When on April 28 Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković began the presentation of the national programme [in Croatian] for reforms with the words “we have a problem”, the country was entering its fourth month of political crisis. Tension in the ruling coalition is ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Mitov: Western Balkans Should be Treated as EU Members

Enlargement needs a change and a serious one at that. This opinion united in Zagreb the foreign ministers of Bulgaria and Croatia. The Bulgarian Minister Daniel Mitov was far bolder in his vision, while his Croatian counterpart was more concentrated on sending messages to certain neighbouring st ...

Turkey and the EU Bulgarian Foreign Minister: The EU Was Late with Turkey

The European Union was late paying attention to Turkey’s warnings about the problematic migration situation there and the fact that the EU would also be affected. And these warnings had been coming for a very long time, but the EU missed them, said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov i ...

The Euro Area It's not the Monetary Policy, ... Wolfgang!

Some EU member states are starting to suffer from Euroscepticism because of migration – internal within the EU and the coming from outside the Union. Others are losing faith in the European project because of certain common policies, mostly linked to economics, third – because of E ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Corruption Prevents Visa Waiver to Canada for Bulgarians and Romanians

The EU badly wants to be treated as a single entity, but it keeps not happening. From the outside the Union still looks like a collection of states with different development and, therefore, with a different approach toward them. Visa policies make no exception. On this subject the EU is about ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Dutch Referendum Proves Eurosceptics Wrong

On April 7th, 32.38% of Dutch eligible voters voted in a referendum for the approval or dismissal of the hard reached comprehensive trade agreement with the Ukraine, which precipitated that country's war with Russia. Out of these 32.38% of the voters, 61% voted against the ratification of the tr ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Member States Disagreed on EPPO Financing As Well

Despite all differences between member states another presidency in a row is working hard on finding a compromise on one of the most difficult European dossiers – the common European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) for dealing with European funds fraud. The Dutch Presid ...

Western Balkans Šešelj's Verdict: Justice in the Time of a Nationalist Rise in Europe

In the very year in which in Germany the ban was lifted off Mein Kampf, in which Adolf Hitler lays out his Nazi ideology and his plans for the future of Germany; when in Europe, for the first time since the Second World War, hate speech, xenophobia, and nationalism, provoked by the refugee ...

EU Is Suffering of Severe Migrantaine Doctor Europe and Mister Turkey

On March 18th, at yet another EU summit, the leaders of member states and Turkey shook hands on a deal, which will not save Europe from the refugees and will not mend the disintegration cracks, neither will it guarantee the restart of the eurointegration process in Turkey. At first glance, it ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Will the Brussels Attacks Finally Unite Us?

The bombing attacks in Brussels of the morning of March 22 are somewhat different from the Paris horror just several months earlier. The blasts at the Brussels Zaventem airport and in the Maalbeek underground station, situated in the European district of Brussels, showed quite clearly that this ...

 
free talk corner
Adelina Marini
On the occasion of his visit today in #Greece #Russia President Vladimir #Putin has published in the English-language Kathimerini daily a detailed op-ed where he makes, as it seems, an 'indecent proposal' to the EU: "I am convinced we should draw appropriate conclusions from the events in Ukraine and proceed to establishing, in the vast space stretching between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a zone of economic and humanitarian cooperation based on the architecture of equal and indivisible security". The text does not make it clear whether Mr Putin is proposing the EU and Russia to distribute in a Crimean way the territories in this "vast space" or he means everyone to forget the Ukrainian developments for the sake of mutually beneficial economic cooperation. Further on in the op-ed the Russian president reminds Europe that it is facing a growing competition from "other power centres in the contemporary world" pointing to the Pacific region where the US has strong interests. You can read the entire article here euinsi.de/XIBw
27 May 2016 10:17
Adelina Marini
The #IMF has published its debt sustainability report on #Greece with new projections and proposals ahead of the key #Eurogroup meeting today which is expected to bridge the differences with the euro area on the restructuring of the Greek debt. According to the IMF, the proposed by the Eurogroup measures, like extension of maturities and payment deferrals would not be sufficient, therefore it is proposing also fixing interest rates. These three measures combined would reduce the Greek debt by 53% of GDP by 2040, the Fund believes. You can read the entire report here euinsi.de/Pwwo
24 May 2016 08:38
Adelina Marini #Greece The fact that the #Eurogroup ended early this morning is suggesting there is an agreement. And there is - both on the next tranche and the debt reduction which ensures IMF will be on board with the funding. Details on the agreement can be read here in the statement after the meeting euinsi.de/ZR0U
25 May 2016 07:53
Adelina Marini
#bpw16 #Austria in the end will not have a far right president. The next head of state will be the independent Alexander Van der Bellen. After a close race, the end of which was defined by the votes sent via mail, the far right candidate Nobert Hofer has conceded defeat. This, however, does not mean an end to the far right tendencies in Europe
23 May 2016 16:58
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