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The Bulgarian Paradox - How To Stay with Russia and EU in the Same Bed
There is something rotten in the European Union and you can feel it for some time now. This feeling led to a desire in some member states to break free from the handbrake that others are pulling on their development. The rottenness is felt the strongest in those countries, which are not quite su ...
Institutional Affairs of the EU EU of Those Running Fast, or of Those Arriving Together?

A lot of tension has piled up in the EU over the last decade between the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the signing of the treaties of Rome, which laid the foundation of today’s European Union. When the half-century anniversary was celebrated, the EU had just finished the arduous proc ...

Western Balkans EU Is Trying To Restart the European Integration of the Western Balkans

There is some good news and some bad news for the Western Balkans in the past few weeks. The good news is that the European Union has finally come to realise that there is something rotten in the Balkans and has matured to a change in the narrative. The bad news is this is too late and ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Hungary Brings Up Communism as a Shield Against Criticism About the State of its Democracy

There was another hearing in the European Parliament last week on the state of human rights and rule of law in Hungary, but as a Hungarian colleague of mine wrote to me “did they say anything new to make it worth watching”. He had not watched it. Actually there were new thi ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Juncker to Member States: We Need To Talk!

What is wrong with the EU? It is the product of compromise, the result of which is complex legislation, with many exceptions, which creates pockets of integration and practically just the illusion of a single market and community in general. Compromise is deeply embedded in the fabric of the EU, ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Bulgaria Is Not Catching Up With EU Peers on Income Convergence

In ten years of EU membership Bulgaria has shown no progress in income convergence with the rest of the member states. Bulgaria remains at the same relative position regarding its peers. This is the toughest conclusion in the annual economic in-depth analysis of the European Commission ...

Energy geopolitics Dalia Grybauskaitė: Energy Is Not Economy, It's Geopolitics!

Who says there is a lack of leaders in the EU? The president of little Lithuania proves the exact opposite. Dalia Grybauskaitė is well known at the European scene. She was the first Lithuanian European commissioner and besides was in charge of a very important portfolio in the first commission ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Battle for the EU - Liberalism vs. Illiberalism

It is again a crisis that drives the European Union towards a reconsideration of its state and towards change, as it has always been throughout its 60-year long life. Last year saw just the beginning of talks about the Union’s future after the Brits’ decision to leave it and the elec ...

Western Balkans There Is a Serious Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans Region

A long delayed discussion took place in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee about the tensions in the Western Balkans region, which have been growing for months now, but with the start of the new year the situation deteriorated dramatically. The discussi ...

Western Balkans Is Serbia Preparing for Elections or a New Balance of Powers

The year 2016 marked the rapid deterioration of relations between countries of the Western Balkans, having the most difficult situation be in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the key is held by Serbia. Over the last weeks Belgrade’s tone sharply deteriorated and radicalised, which resonates in ...

Western Balkans EU Has Lost Its Transformative Power. Enlargement Hits a Dead End

For the first time in the recent history of EU enlargement the year ended without conclusions for the candidate countries. This is one of the biggest news of the December European Council, held on 15 December in Brussels. Traditionally, every December, the leaders of the member states ...

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Does Croatia Have the Political Will to Implement Reforms?

All reforms, concerning Croatia’s long-term future, are practically blocked. This is the conclusion of the European Commission report on macroeconomic imbalances. Croatia is among the six countries experiencing excessive macroeconomic imbalances and are thus placed under special ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Commission Monitoring Mechanism Will Remain for as Long as Necessary

The EU Council of Ministers poured some cold water on all attempts of Bulgarian politicians at gaining the removal of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), through which the European Commission monitors the progress in creating an independent judiciary and the fight against corr ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Poland's Weird March Against Its Own Self

Poland opened a new front of confrontation with the EU, but it seems that it will lose. This week the leaders of the member states are about to elect the former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk (EPP) to his second term at the head of the European Council, but the government of the ultra-conserv ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Hristo Ivanov: The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Must Be Upgraded!

Some will say "Finally!", others - "They are late", and yet third ones will watch in disbelief, but ten years after its accession to the European Union Bulgaria finally has its first party, whose main task is fighting corruption. The party was founded at the beginning of the year, it is named "D ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Debate on the EU - Informed vs. Uninformed, or Intentionally Misleading

I have began to avoid debates on the future of Europe, for in the last few years they have turned into a boring and pointless exercise, during which moderators ask some too general questions, which have already been asked a thousand times and the invited participants reply in an even more genera ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism EC Transfers the Fight Against Corruption to the Victims Themselves

In a landmark moment like today when illiberalism is leading a fierce battle against the rule of law and democracy in emblematic states, the European Commission is making a serious retreat from one of the most important things, which ensure the rule of law and sound democracy - fighting corrupti ...

The debt crisis in the euro area European Semester Shows EU in the Eye of the Storm

The state of European economics today resembles a nice, thick, white snow cover – gross domestic product growth is good, unemployment is dropping, investments are beginning to grow. EU economy has grown by 1.9% in 2016 and that of the euro area – by 1.7%, shows the Eurostat data ...

Transatlantic relations Is Trump Endangering the EU-US Data Protection Agreement?

The first report for the year of the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová (Czech Republic, ALDE) to the responsible Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament was dominated by questions on whether the new American Pres ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Did Not Commit Suicide. It Is Reinventing Itself

The year 2016 started off quite depressing for the European Union. At the very beginning of the year forecasts started piling in of the impending suicide of the Union, and not just by anybody, but by its institutional leaders. euinside’s text about the upcoming suicide was the most-re ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Boyko Borissov Hopes European Commission Will Lift Its Monitoring Next Year

This article was supposed to have a different headline: “The European Commission removes its monitoring off Bulgaria next year”, but it was true for just a few minutes until one of the mysteries in Brussels on Thursday got revealed. Around lunchtime on December 15, it became known th ...

 
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Adelina Marini
European Commission First Vice President Frans #Timmermans is reporting on the rule of law procedure against #Poland in the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee of the European Parliament. Stay tuned for live updates
22 March 2017 16:46
Adelina Marini #Poland #Timmermans: In every country there are problems with the rule of law. No country is above the law. But it is never an excuse that someone else is doing the same
22 March 2017 17:48
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup finance ministers are gathering today for their regular meeting with a main issue on the agenda the 2nd review of the 3rd bailout programme for #Greece. There is another issue hanging in the air, which is not on the agenda - will the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem remain on the position as chair of the Eurogroup since his party sustained huge losses at the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands last week. For now, a Tusk-effect is not visible but all minsters praise Dijsslbloem as a brilliant chief of the Eurogroup. Everyone, however, refuse to forecast whether he will stay even after his mandate runs out in January. EU economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici hinted something in that direction saying that Mr Dijsselbloem is very competent and is very well aware of the Greek dossier. This is a hint that the next is yet to get acquainted with this dossier and there might not be sufficient time for that
20 March 2017 15:15
Adelina Marini
#EUCO The leaders of the member states are gathering today in Brussels for their spring EU summit. The issues on the agenda vary from economic, including welcoming the Commission's intentions to address the differentiated quality of foodstuff in the internal market, to external affairs and migration. Another important issue on the agenda is the situation in the Western Balkans. The leaders are expected to reaffirm the European perspective of the six. After the negotiations on establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office have failed, the issue has landed on the leaders' agenda. In the draft conclusions they support going for an enhanced cooperation procedure which allows those member states who want to to continue with the establishment of EPPO. Last but not least on the agenda is the re-election of Donald Tusk ad European Council president. He enjoys the support of most member states but Poland has fiercely opposed his re-election
9 March 2017 10:42
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Juncker: Now is the time for the Europeans to show their true colours. I'd only add that those who sit on their laurels don't go as far as those who run
10 March 2017 14:40
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