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The June Summit of Ins and Outs

The agenda of this year's European Council is packed with issues that are full of tensions among the member states. One of the hot issues is the European Commission's migration agenda which has caused severe reactions among the member states, as some (Hungary) are already building protection walls. Another crucial topic on the agenda is the second four presidents' report on the future of the euro area. Precisely in the current moment of tensions over Greece the issue is not quite popular. The expectations are Greece's future to again take over the economic part of the European Council. And the third contentious issue is that on top of all this UK Prime Minister David Cameron will demand his proposals for EU reform to be discussed. There are other topics on the agenda as well, like the security challenges of the EU, fight against terror and the digital economy but they are not likely to cause any trouble.
27 June 2015 10:14 Exhausted and Weary EU Is Looking for the Smallest Common Denominator of its Unity

You know that moment of tiredness when you wish so bad for it all to be over, even something you have put hard work into for years. That moment came on Thursday night in the EU when the leaders of the 28 member countries negotiated, or rather, as sources claim, quarrelled fearsomely and not over ...

25 June 2015 19:12 Northern Eurozone Members Need to be Honest on Greece

The latest crisis with Greece will end as always – the next expensive loan will be lent until the next crunch, thinks Syed Kamall, leader of the third largest group in the European Parliament – the European Conservatives and Reformists. In an interview for euinside he stated that the ...

23 June 2015 13:12 The Major Eurozone Reform To Start after the UK Referendum

The new report of the five presidents – the bosses of the Eurogroup, ECB, Euro Summit, European Commission, and European Parliament – reheats some leftover dishes but has some new ideas too. The most important changes that would require opening up of the founding treaties are suggest ...

18 June 2015 12:44 The Fifth President

Just one week is left until the EU leaders’ summit this June when the second report of the four presidents is expected, although with much less anticipation. We are talking about the leaders of the Commission, ECB, European Council and the Eurogroup, who have been tasked by the leader ...

25 June 2015 22:00 Greece Needs More than a Deal

A mighty consensus is brewing in Brussels that even if a last-minute deal is struck with Greece it is not going to solve neither its problems, nor the Eurozone problems with Greek origin. While numerous Eurogroup meetings and the leaders’ summits continue, the feeling that more than a deal ...

25 June 2015 12:06 To Brexit or Not To Brexit

It looks like a heavy program for the EU summit starting today in Brussels. There is almost no topic on the agenda that does not test the stability of the Union – whether at its core (the Eurozone) or its entirety. Somewhere in between the quarrel over mandatory immigrant quotas and the ex ...

18 June 2015 19:21 Greece’s Final Countdown Has Started

Everybody has their eyes on the clock that dispassionately ticks away the time left for Greece to make a decision whether to stay in the EU or not. This is the prevailing attitude before the start of a fateful meeting of the Eurogroup (Finance ministers of the Eurozone) in Luxembourg today, who ...

28 May 2015 21:17 There Will Be No Overhaul of the Euro Area. Just Refreshment

A large part of the June EU summit will be dedicated on possible repairs of the euro area with the presentation of the second report of the four presidents - the chiefs of the Commission, Eurogroup, European Council and ECB. Because of Britain, however, no decisions are expected that envisage in ...

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Adelina Marini
#EUCO The leaders of the member states are gathering today in Brussels for the spring European Council. They have quite a lot of issues on their plates. One of the most sensitive topics will be the EU's answer to the #Salisbury attack. Some member states, including European Council President Donald Tusk, want a stronger reaction against Russia whereas others are more cautious. In the context of Syria, the leaders will discuss relations with Turkey. A decision is expected on whether the EU-Turkey summit in Varna is to take place. Another tough topic is what answer the EU should plan to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. As the tradition goes, the spring European Council is the time to check the European semester. In addition, there will be a summit of the euro area but this time it will not be open for non-euro countries. The leaders will also discuss yesterday's proposal by the Commission to tax the digital economy. The summit is also expected to adopt conclusions on the Western Balkans on the occasion of the May summit with the six countries. On the menu is also the issue of Brexit. After a transitional agreement has been agreed the leaders now have to outline the guidelines for the future relations with the UK
22 March 2018 09:41
Adelina Marini
The European Commission will today unveil the long-expected proposal for taxation of the digital economy . Stay tuned for live updates
21 March 2018 12:23
Adelina Marini #FairTaxation #Moscovici: Half of those 120-150 companies falling in the scope of digital taxation are from the US
21 March 2018 13:24
Adelina Marini
Federica Mogherini: We've had 8-hour long, very intense Foreign Affairs Council. We expressed solidarity with the UK on the #Salisbury case
19 March 2018 17:12
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini: Sometimes I feel it is we and the UN that insist on a political solution in #Syria
19 March 2018 17:33

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