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28 July 2014 14:24 Ashton's Successor Is Key to EU Security

On 30 August, the heads of state will gather for an extraordinary summit to decide who should take Catherine Ashton's post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Herman Van Rompuy's as president of the European Council. Such a decision was expected at the previous extraordinary summit ...

17 July 2014 16:46 MEPs from EPP Group Asked Juncker To Create a European History Portfolio

A group of EPP MEPs have sent a letter to the new European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, asking him the new European Commission to pay special attention on the legacy of totalitarian regimes and their crimes. The letter has been sent upon the initiative of Croatian MEP Andrej Plenko ...

1 July 2014 21:35 David Cameron - The Steadfast Tin Soldier

A victory or a loss? Was it actually a war? After the severe confrontation between the British PM David Cameron and the rest in the EU over the election of a European Commission president, the assessment of the outcome depends on which side of the Channel it is made. The biggest loser, however, ...

17 June 2014 18:37 More Powers for National Parliaments? This Should Have a Price

Former German President Roman Herzog joined the choir of reformers in EU who want more powers for national parliaments in the Union. In a special article, Mr Herzog calls for "defensive rights" of national parliaments against EU and for measures against over-regulation from Brussels. Bureaucracy ...

22 April 2014 13:06 Bulgaria Needs a Roadmap for Euro Area Membership

To 30% of Bulgarian citizens, nothing has changed in the first seven years of Bulgaria's EU membership. 23 per cent believe that Bulgaria has sustained losses from the membership, while 36% believe that, on the contrary, the country has gained. This is a significant drop in comparison to the fir ...

18 July 2014 13:13 The Juncker Precedent

There is no doubt that the European Parliament has won this time in the battle with the Council. However, there is a danger this victory to prove Pyrrhic. Jean-Claude Juncker has already been elected president of the European Commission, but the way the European Parliament tried to trade it ...

4 July 2014 12:03 Leaders Adopted a Strategic Agenda To Quell Juncker

Many things have happened for the first time in the EU at the last European elections. For the first time a president of the European Commission was nominated (Jean-Claude Juncker) after a pan-European election campaign and severe disputes in the European Council. For the first time, a president ...

27 June 2014 16:16 EU in Rabbit Hole

EU is slowly falling into the rabbit hole. However, the EU is not an Alice but 28 Alices led by various degrees of curiosity to see is it really possible a talking rabbit to exist with a coat and a watch or a European Commission chief who can be a reformer and innovator, a supporter of a looser ...

9 May 2014 08:59 This Year's May 9th Is the Saddest So Far

I wrote this article for last year's May 9th, but I believe it is still valid today. With a few complements. First and foremost the title. Today it should be "This year's May 9th Is the Scariest Ever", because almost 70 years later Europe is (was?) again on the brink of a war. The memories of th ...

6 March 2014 13:26 Merkel Is Mutti Not Only To Germans But To All Europeans

2 weeks ahead of the long awaited visit by Angela Merkel in London, I myself had to go to the British capital. I have to admit that my heart was bleeding because I have the stamp on my ID documents saying "Bulgarian" and I was worried how exactly will I pass the border control after the hysteria ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#Spitzenkandidaten For the 1st time since #Eurobarometer has been asking citizens whether their voice matters in the EU the number of those who said "yes" has increased - from 29% in November 2013 to 42% now. According to Institutional Affairs Commissioner Maros Sefcovic, a huge contribution to this outcome have the European elections and the Spitzenkandidaten procedure for election of European Commission president. In Bulgaria the number of those who believe their voice matters in the EU and those who are of the opposite opinion is almost equal (42%/41%). Croatia is among the first five countries with the highest share of people who believe their voice matters in the EU (59%/32%
25 July 2014 14:00
Adelina Marini Support for the #euro is falling in #Bulgaria compared to the autumn of last year. In the latest Eurobarometer poll 41% of the respondents support the single currency which is minus 10 points compared to last year. Against are 42% of the Bulgarian citizens. In Croatia the support for the common currency is bigger - 53% are for and 38% are against, but it is falling there too, although at a slower pace (-4). However, in Romania support is growing and it is currently 63% which is an increase by 5 points since the previous poll
25 July 2014 14:07
Adelina Marini
#enlargement The Association Council is concerned w/ the media climate & media culture in #Macedonia as well as with the biased coverage of political developments in the country. There is also a lack of separation between state and party activities. More of the conclusions from today's SA Council here euinsi.de/i51d
23 July 2014 16:43
Adelina Marini
#MH17 #Catherine #Ashton: Today we decided to prepare the next stage of sanctions, including against entities
22 July 2014 17:19
Adelina Marini #MH17 Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on #Ukraine euinsi.de/ln4s
22 July 2014 17:35
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