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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 ...

The debt crisis in the euro area European Semester Shows EU in the Eye of the Storm

The state of European economics today resembles a nice, thick, white snow cover – gross domestic product growth is good, unemployment is dropping, investments are beginning to grow. EU economy has grown by 1.9% in 2016 and that of the euro area – by 1.7%, shows the Eurostat data ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism A Croatian Perspective on the Bulgaria and Romania CVM Reports

“In order for the EU to be effective in the disciplining of member states, it needs to be able to sanction. Cutting of EU funds because of problems with the rule of law in some of them might be a good idea”. This is the beginning of the commentary [in Croatian language] by ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Boyko Borissov Hopes European Commission Will Lift Its Monitoring Next Year

This article was supposed to have a different headline: “The European Commission removes its monitoring off Bulgaria next year”, but it was true for just a few minutes until one of the mysteries in Brussels on Thursday got revealed. Around lunchtime on December 15, it became known th ...

The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield The December European Council - Another Toxic EU Summit

So little is expected of the EU and the atmosphere is so volatile! This year’s summarising Union summit will be just one day, but the programme is full of subjects which can turn very wrong. The only chance of success is in the meagre Bratislava declaration, on the impl ...

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 ...

Western Balkans There Is a Serious Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans Region

A long delayed discussion took place in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee about the tensions in the Western Balkans region, which have been growing for months now, but with the start of the new year the situation deteriorated dramatically. The discussi ...

Transatlantic relations Is Trump Endangering the EU-US Data Protection Agreement?

The first report for the year of the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová (Czech Republic, ALDE) to the responsible Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament was dominated by questions on whether the new American Pres ...

The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield Boyko Borissov: Not only Russia Is to Blame for Syria, but the USA too

Bulgaria's resigned Prime Minister Boyko Borissov confirmed during the summit in Brussels that there are expectations for the sanctions against Russia to be silently extended due to the non-compliance with the Minsk agreements with Ukraine. Boyko Borissov warned that a very clear distinctio ...

The debt crisis in the euro area The Crisis Is Over. Prepare the Ground for the Next One

Do you remember what the first thing was that European leaders did following the outbreak of the financial crisis in the euro area in 2009? A discussion was started on new rules for tightening of the fiscal discipline, for not long after the start of the crisis an agreement was reached ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission will present today the country-specific recommendations under the European Semester. Stay tuned for live updates
22 February 2017 12:42
Adelina Marini #EuropeanSemester Marianne #Thyssen: For the first time we are following the member states' performance in addressing inequality
22 February 2017 13:01
Adelina Marini
Donald #Tusk: Too much has happened for us to pretend that nothing has changed between us (after meeting w/ US VP Mike Pence)
20 February 2017 11:37
Adelina Marini #Pence: We will continue to support Poland and the Baltic states within NATO. We will hold #Russia accountable for Ukraine
20 February 2017 11:49
Adelina Marini
#MSC17 In the framework of this year's Munich Security Conference is starting a debate on the future of the EU with Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, Poland Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Germany Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.. Stay tuned for live updates
17 February 2017 15:34
Adelina Marini #MSC17 #Grybauskaite: National politicians have to take responsibility and not to look to pass the blame to someone else as to why people do not trust us
17 February 2017 16:57
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