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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 ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism EC Transfers the Fight Against Corruption to the Victims Themselves

In a landmark moment like today when illiberalism is leading a fierce battle against the rule of law and democracy in emblematic states, the European Commission is making a serious retreat from one of the most important things, which ensure the rule of law and sound democracy - fighting corrupti ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Did Not Commit Suicide. It Is Reinventing Itself

The year 2016 started off quite depressing for the European Union. At the very beginning of the year forecasts started piling in of the impending suicide of the Union, and not just by anybody, but by its institutional leaders. euinside’s text about the upcoming suicide was the most-re ...

Transatlantic relations EU Is Falling into Global Loneliness Following Trump's Victory

It was not until after the USA presidential elections that the EU began to realise that it is left on its own, despite President Barack Obama trying to say it to his European partners on numerous occasions. Donald Trump’s victory is a great opportunity for the EU to deepen its integ ...

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 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 ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Battle for the EU - Liberalism vs. Illiberalism

It is again a crisis that drives the European Union towards a reconsideration of its state and towards change, as it has always been throughout its 60-year long life. Last year saw just the beginning of talks about the Union’s future after the Brits’ decision to leave it and the elec ...

Western Balkans EU Has Lost Its Transformative Power. Enlargement Hits a Dead End

For the first time in the recent history of EU enlargement the year ended without conclusions for the candidate countries. This is one of the biggest news of the December European Council, held on 15 December in Brussels. Traditionally, every December, the leaders of the member states ...

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 ...

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 ...

 
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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
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup finance ministers are gathering today for their regular meeting with a main issue on the agenda the 2nd review of the 3rd bailout programme for #Greece. There is another issue hanging in the air, which is not on the agenda - will the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem remain on the position as chair of the Eurogroup since his party sustained huge losses at the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands last week. For now, a Tusk-effect is not visible but all minsters praise Dijsslbloem as a brilliant chief of the Eurogroup. Everyone, however, refuse to forecast whether he will stay even after his mandate runs out in January. EU economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici hinted something in that direction saying that Mr Dijsselbloem is very competent and is very well aware of the Greek dossier. This is a hint that the next is yet to get acquainted with this dossier and there might not be sufficient time for that
20 March 2017 15:15
Adelina Marini
#EUCO The leaders of the member states are gathering today in Brussels for their spring EU summit. The issues on the agenda vary from economic, including welcoming the Commission's intentions to address the differentiated quality of foodstuff in the internal market, to external affairs and migration. Another important issue on the agenda is the situation in the Western Balkans. The leaders are expected to reaffirm the European perspective of the six. After the negotiations on establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office have failed, the issue has landed on the leaders' agenda. In the draft conclusions they support going for an enhanced cooperation procedure which allows those member states who want to to continue with the establishment of EPPO. Last but not least on the agenda is the re-election of Donald Tusk ad European Council president. He enjoys the support of most member states but Poland has fiercely opposed his re-election
9 March 2017 10:42
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Juncker: Now is the time for the Europeans to show their true colours. I'd only add that those who sit on their laurels don't go as far as those who run
10 March 2017 14:40
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