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19 May 2017 11:36 EU Will Fight Populism by Harnessing Globalisation

More than 10 years have passed from the success of Thomas L. Friedman's book "The World Is Flat", which praises globalisation. Since then, the attitude toward this process has turned 180 degrees and has served as powerful wind in the sails for the enormous growth of populist and nationalist forc ...

9 May 2017 14:23 After the Brexit - the Big Return of France?

Winning the ideologically highly contested elections in a key member country with a strong pro-European agenda against the prevailing Eurosceptic background and versus a strong anti-European candidate, enjoying support of an outside and hostile to the EU country, is definitely a spectacular ...

13 April 2017 14:09 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 ...

31 March 2017 12:46 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 ...

8 March 2017 13:17 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 ...

12 May 2017 15:04 Following Macron's Election, Let's Make the EU a Great Democracy Again!

The collision that has been going on for several years in the developed liberal world is somewhat superficially presented as a struggle between mainstream political parties and populists. In the European context, that conflict is presented as a battle between pro-European forces and Euroscepti ...

28 April 2017 17:13 Is Hungary the Next Britain?

The European Union has finally stopped tolerating the abuse of its liberal system of values ​​and the building of illiberal regimes under its nose. Once the EPP had declared that it is ready to split with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party, the European Commiss ...

5 April 2017 14:35 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 ...

22 March 2017 15:53 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 ...

7 March 2017 11:22 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 ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#CSR The European Commission will present today the country-specific recommendations under the European Semester. What reforms are individual member states recommended to undertake we will know in a minute. Stay tuned for live updates
22 May 2017 11:30
Adelina Marini #CSR To the leaving Britain the Commission recommends to respect the EU fiscal rules' to boost housing supply; resolve the issue with skills mismatches
22 May 2017 12:35
Adelina Marini
In #Croatia people vote today in what is described as the most crucial local elections. The outcome will determine whether the government will fall and the country will again go to the polls for a 3rd time in 2 years. The outcome will also suggest whether the country will remain in the mainstream or will again turn to strong conservatism
21 May 2017 10:55
Adelina Marini #Croatia The battle in Zagreb is expected to reveal several things. The first is whether the current mayor, who was accused many times of corruption but never indicted, will win a sixth term in a row. To replace him are competing three women - the candidate of the Liberals Anka Mrak Taritas, supported also by the SDP, the independent Sandra Svaljek (ex-deputy of Bandic) and the far right candidate Bruna Esih. The outcome of the latter holds the key to the question whether a new far right party will be formed in Croatia and whether this will lead to the a split in the HDZ
21 May 2017 11:24
Adelina Marini
European Commission President Jean-Claude #Juncker and #Brexit chief negotiator Michel #Barnier will report to the MEPs in Strasbourg about the outcome of the April 29 EU summit, which adopted negotiating guidelines. Stay tuned for live updates
17 May 2017 09:04
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Tusk: The future of the 27 is our greatest priority, not #Brexit
17 May 2017 11:09
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