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Spring European Council 2012

The Spring European Council this year will take place on March 1-2. During the summit the leaders of the 27 member states will discuss the results from the first measures, agreed precisely one year ago for tightening the economic governance of the EU - the European Semester and the Euro Plus Pact. As the tradition goes for the spring summits, the leaders will discuss the Annual Growth Survey 2012 (AGS2012), presented by the Commission earlier than usual - in November 2011. Special focus at this summit will be put on (as in January) on the measures the member states have to undertake to promote growth and to tackle unemployment.

Another important topic, which the European Council is expected to discuss is Serbia's readiness to receive a candidate status. Belgrade expected this to happen in December last year but then there was no agreement among the 27 and the decision has been postponed for the spring under the condition that Serbia would continue its dialogue with Kosovo.

7 March 2012 11:04 The New Passenger on the Train to Brussels

Some people do not know anything about it, while others have slightly forgotten the fact that former Yugoslavia had a partnership agreement with the EU back in 1980 and that in June 1999 the European Commission offered measures, aimed at improving the relations between them, but as the country f ...

6 March 2012 11:34 Schengen - The Denouement is Yet to Be Seen

Another episode of Bulgaria`s and Romania`s Schengen saga did not bring the long-awaited denouement, but produced a very important question. Maybe this will be at the heart of the intrigue, but for now the playwrights keep silence. In fact, the Schengen issue appeared quite unexpectedly on the a ...

2 March 2012 16:24 Herman Van Rompuy - President of the EU and the Eurozone

When Herman Van Rompuy was elected to take the just created with the Lisbon Treaty position of a President of the European Council, I was disappointed. At that time the EU needed a strong leader, in harmony of the economic might of the Union and its growing role on global stage. Alas, the pyrami ...

2 March 2012 09:44 Ireland - a Messenger of Spring in the EU

If all countries with troubles were like Ireland, probably the bailout programmes, the increasing of the size of eurozone rescue funds, as well as the meetings of the Eurogroup, would not have been in the headlines almost everyday. Against the backdrop of the growing frequent messages of the EU ...

1 March 2012 17:45 Juncker: Greece Needs a EU Growth Commissioner

"Mr Juncker, you are one of the few European politicians who can speak clearly and tell the truth." These words belong to Jean Paul Gauzes MEP (EPP, France), but I think many would agree with him. Luxembourg Prime Minister and Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker is one of the most influentia ...

6 March 2012 17:09 Germany`s Awkward Leadership

Since the debt crisis unleashed in the euro area two years ago, all dilemmas, related to solving it (economic, political and even philosophical ones), eventually were reduced to a simple question - does Germany agree? "For nearly 70 years, Germany's grand national ambition has basically been not ...

6 March 2012 11:10 And Why, Dammit, Aren't You Growing?

On October 9th, 2010, The Economist came out with a very moving cover, roughly calling for economic growth: "Grow, dammit, grow!" It is time that such an appeal is conveyed to the EU, because the magazine's cover actually was the basis of a special 18-page report about the world economy situatio ...

2 March 2012 13:38 European Parliament: Give Us Back the Rights You Took Away from National Parliaments

For the first time in the last two years we have a 'normal' summit, which in itself is a breakthrough, because it allowed us to focus calmly on the problems. This is how Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, assessed the Spring European Council on 1 and 2 March. He, however, manag ...

2 March 2012 07:58 The Eurogroup Decided to Allocate Half of the Second Greek Loan

After failing to meet the conditions of its creditors during the last two years, now Greece has managed to do so only in a few days, faced with the real imminence of a default. Apparently everyone have drawn the necessary lessons. Greece - that there is no free lunch, and the creditors - that mo ...

1 March 2012 12:00 The European Leaders Revive the Euro Plus Pact

The menu for the working dinner of the EU leaders, gathered for their regular spring meeting in Brussels, includes the European semester as main course, garnished with the Euro Plus Pact and a little bit of Schengen and Serbia for dessert. Economic and fiscal convergence, however, is the natural ...

 
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Adelina Marini #indyref The voice of those who want #Scotland to remain part of the #UK has prevailed. With almost all votes counted, 55.42% of the voters said NO to Scotland leaving a more than 300-years-old union with England. 44.58% voted YES. Turnout was 84.48%. PM David Cameron said all pledges he made to Scotland will be met in full
19 September 2014 08:25
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#ISIS #Russia #ebola The European Parliament adopted today several resolutions related to the foreign policy crises in the European neighbourhood. The MEPs called the EU sanctions against Russia to be enhanced and to cancel all the agreements in the energy sector, including South Stream. The EP has strongly condemned the murder of journalists David Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as of David Haynes, an aid worker, by the Islamic State. They called on the EU to use all possible means to help Iraqi national and local authorities to fight IS, including by providing "appropriate military assistance". According to the EP, the Ebola outbreak has been underrated by the international community while it is a challenge for the global security
18 September 2014 16:11
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#TeamJunckerEU The European Parliament is ready with the timetable for the hearings of the commissioner candidates and the vice presidents in Juncker's Commission. euinside will follow live the hearings of Economic and Financial Affairs candidate Pierre Moscovici, Vice President candidate Kristalina Georgieva, the candidate for enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn, high rep Federica Mogherini and the other vice presidents. As some of the hearings overlap in time, euinside will cover live the hearings of Jyrki Katainen, Valdis Dombrovskis and Federica Mogherini. The other VP's hearings will be covered later. Here's the complete timetable of the hearings euinsi.de/sYYh
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