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14 January 2016 11:31 No New Visions Over Next 6 Months, Just Abiding by the Rules

Ever since the Treaty of Lisbon the change of the rotating presidencies of the Council of the European Union poses no great interest, except when something different is happening, for several important positions were created which took over leading functions from the presidencies, thus ensu ...

8 December 2015 10:39 Poland and Hungary Blocked EU

The change in course towards euroscepticism in Poland is already strongly felt at European level. After nearly five years of negotiations and difficult compromises, with a ready to sign agreement for settling married couples' and registered partnerships’ disputes, Poland and Hungary outr ...

18 November 2015 11:41 Instead of Article 5

There are good news and bad news for the European Union after the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13th. Let us start with the good news. For the first time in history the leaders of the 28 member states came out with a common statement after the tragedy, in which almost 130 people ...

27 October 2015 09:09 Either a Strong European Prosecutor's Office, or None

After they froze all work on half of the articles of the draft regulation for creation of an European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) the Ministers of Justice demonstrated they are unable to come to an agreement on the second half of the regulation either. During a co ...

14 October 2015 08:23 From Unification to Disunity and Back Again

“Europe of sovereignties and sovereigntism”. "A time to decide – together or goodbye!”. “A federation on the horizon, or just a mirage?”. “Euro-sceptics are killing Europe”. “Hollande and Merkel in a parallel reality”. “Who leads ...

30 December 2015 11:15 2015 - The Year of New Flaws in EU Architecture

If in 2009 the global economic and financial crisis exposed gaps in the construction of the euro area, in 2015 the refugee crisis and terrorism exposed the lack of union in areas like security, external border policing, and once more, as with the euro area crisis, the lack of soli ...

4 December 2015 19:15 European Prosecution With No Wings

You should never count your chickens before they hatch and always measure EU integration by the creation of common institutions. In this sense, the ministers of justice of the EU made one more bad news for the supporters of more Europe. They came closer to an agreement on the proposal  ...

12 November 2015 13:46 A Clash between EP and Eurogroup Chief over Greece

The first discussion of the third bailout programme for Greece was scheduled to commence in the late afternoon of November 10th in the European Parliament’s economic committee with the participation of Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem (the Netherlands, Socialists and Dem ...

22 October 2015 15:48 EU Is a Babylon Tower

With great delay, I must admit, I'm making a debut with a podcast upon request by zealos readers. For the first podcast I chose a different angle to look at EU summits in Brussels - language barriers. The podcast is in English. Hope you like it :) class="notIdented">

11 September 2015 10:32 Dude, Where's My Union?

The state of the European Union is not good. Not only that but there is not enough Europe in it, or enough union. This is Jean-Claude Juncker’s assessment after a year at the head of the European Commission. The address was the longest to date not only because the state of the Un ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#Ecofin A tough agenda have the EU ministers of finance today. They are discussing the European Commission proposal for prevention of terrorist financing, where there are measures to reduce cash payments. Another sensitive point on the agenda is the Commission package to fight tax avoidance. The ministers will also discuss the implementation of the banking union whose second pillar has become completely operational as of Jan 1st this year. Stay tuned for details
12 February 2016 10:18
Adelina Marini #taxavoidance Wolfgang #Schaeuble: I agree 100% that implementation of #BEPS is not sufficient. I doubt we will be able to implement the whole package during the Dutch and the Slovak presidency. My proposal is only realistic
12 February 2016 12:03
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup is meeting today. On the agenda of the regular meeting of the eurozone finance ministers are the winter economic forecast of the Commission, the situation in Greece and the drama with Portugal's budget. The ministers will also hold an in-depth discussion about the quality of public finances and the international role of the euro. Stay tuned for details throughout the day
11 February 2016 12:49
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup #Dijsselbloem: The problem with NPLs is not new in the European banks and has to be dealt with
11 February 2016 20:33
Adelina Marini
#migration Dimitris #Avramopoulos: Asylum-seeker cannot choose where to get it
10 February 2016 12:27
Adelina Marini #Avramopoulos: Being a federalist myself I hope that one day EU will have its own defence forces
10 February 2016 13:04
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