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Schengen

2011 will remain in the European Union's history for the reforms of the two community symbols - the common currency area (the euro area) and the border-free area (Schengen). The migrant influx to the southern EU borders and the accession process of Bulgaria and Romania have clearly shown the need for reforms of the Schengen acquis. Like the economic governance, the Schengen governance changes aim at protecting the community interests at the expense of reducing the influence of individual member states.

5 March 2016 13:31 The Commission Very Much Wants Normality Back by the End of the Year

On the eve of the next in line emergency summit (March 7), dedicated to the refugee crisis, the European Commission presented a roadmap for the restoration of Schengen. Despite the many “if”-s in the roadmap, the EC expects by the end of December 2016 to have norm ...

23 November 2015 12:55 Schengen Is Closing

Until recently the main engine of European integration in the EU was the euro area. After the crisis, which started in 2009, significant changes of key EU legislation happened, even including minimal changes in the founding treaties. By the outbreak of the refugee crisis there was ...

23 September 2015 08:54 Europe of Leaders

Perhaps the cliché that Europe moves forward, pushed by crisis situations to which it finds solutions, will prove correct. In the case of the financial crisis the answer was a much closer cooperation, much more discipline, and many more common decisions. Today’s refugee crisis& ...

28 March 2013 10:31 Croatia Has Reached the End of the Beginning

Croatia's path to the EU membership seems cleared after on March 26th Stefan Fule, the EU enlargement commissioner, personally handed the last monitoring report of the European Commission at an extraordinary meeting of the Croatian government in Zagreb. The meeting took place without excessive ...

25 July 2012 09:17 The Effects of the Arab Spring Unleash a Crisis of Mistrust in the EU

On June 14, 1985 on the board of the ship "Princess Marie-Astrid", in the vicinity of the unknown Luxembourg village of Schengen, located near the border between Germany and France, 5 of the then 10 Member States of the European Community put their signatures under one of the most significant an ...

2 March 2016 17:35 Eurozone and Schengen -- Two Parallel Realities, Crossing in Greece

How convenient would it be if once again it turned out that the sole culprit for not dealing with the refugee crisis were Greece.  But it is not. And it is very dangerous to go towards isolating it and even talking about "sacrificing" it in the name of the survival of Schengen lik ...

15 October 2015 22:25 The Knight of Rueful Schengen

Whatever they tell you, be sure it is about Schengen, because Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva has embarked on a mission impossible – to raise the question of Bulgaria’s Schengen membership at every European meeting. “Bulgaria not joining Schengen eight years into its EU me ...

12 February 2015 23:31 Boyko Borissov: If Minsk 2 Fails Next Thing Is War

The second Minsk peace agreement is so fragile, so hard to reach and will enter into force not today but on Sunday. "As a matter of fact, today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be fighting. This means, the war is going on in full steam. We are all modest optimists because, indeed, ...

10 March 2013 13:29 Bulgaria's Schengen Shame

In the current situation of political mess in Bulgaria, a cacophony of various demands for an overhaul of the political system, of the Constitution and even of the economic orientation, hardly the news that Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen space of security is moving away is among the most ...

13 June 2012 13:50 The European Parliament and the Council at War over Schengen

This was the only possible way to reach a compromise in the Council - with these words Danish Minister of Justice Morten Bodskov explained to MEPs why last week the Council of Ministers practically took away the Parliament`s role as a co-legislator on a key proposal for reform of Schengen. The m ...

 
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Adelina Marini
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