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A Counterbalance of EU's Macronisation Has Emerged, or a Celtic Tiger II
The prestigious European Charlemagne Prize for 2018 was awarded to French President Emmanuel Macron last week. This is the oldest prize awarded for merit for European unification. It is a recognition of Mr Macron's vision "of a new Europe and of the re-establishment of the European project, of a ...
The debt crisis in the euro area Has Greece Grown Up?

The year-end is usually time for taking stock, and the change of guard in a key euro area institution is a reason for even deeper analyses and even for a book. Not to mention the deepest euro area crisis since the introduction of the single currency. During the farewell with Eurogroup chief Jero ...

The Euro Area The Foretold Election of Mario Centeno as Eurogroup President

On December 4, eurozone finance ministers chose their new president for the next two and a half years - Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno. With the election of the successor to the current chairman, Jeroen Dijsselbloem (the Netherlands, Socialists and Democrats), the so-called Eurogroup ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Mario Draghi Plans and Labour Market Laughs

The highest economic growth in a decade exceeding all expectations, as described by European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia, EPP), responsible for the euro, during the presentation of the autumn package of the European Semester on 22 November. Unemployment has dropped down ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over Donald Tusk Has Challenged the Status Quo

The autumn European Council will remain in history with the adoption of the Leaders' Agenda which the EU is looking in the mirror with. At the EU summit on 19-20 October, the leaders of the member states were faced with an existential choice - either to be part of a new EU or slip into the perip ...

latest comments What Does It Mean To Be Pro-European?

Andrej Babis's election victory in the Czech Republic shows that it is high time that we define clearly what does pro-Europeanism really mean, because under this umbrella so many mutually exclusive perceptions and ideologies are put. Good diagnostics of attitudes in the member states will be esp ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over Sofia Wants To Be Thessalonнki II but It Lacks Substance and Momentum

The Western Balkans will be a central priority of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency, which starts on January 1st. This is both a very good and a very bad piece of news. Very good because this region is strategically very important for the Union. Very bad because the subject is too big a spoon ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Finally the European Prosecutor's Office Is Born

After four years of tough negotiations, the European Union has made a big integration step in an area which has always been a taboo - justice and home affairs. On 12 October, the justice ministers of 20 member states voted unanimously to create an office of the European prosecutor (EPPO), who wi ...

Western Balkans Elections in Germany and Their Impact on the Western Balkans

The elections in Germany confirmed the victory of the CDU-CSU coalition, albeit with less votes than in past elections. Obviously, the result will not undermine Germany's role in Europe and in the Balkans, neither Chancellor Angela Merkel's position. The Chancellor remains a significant figure t ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EPP's Bad Boys

Photos from Catalonia where the Spanish authorities used excessive force against those willing to participate in an illegal referendum in the autonomous Spanish province caused justified reactions of indignation that such a thing is possible in the European Union. Even more revolting was the sil ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Juncker's Triumph

There is no doubt that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg, EPP) will remain in history as one of European Union's fathers, side by side to names like Jean Monnet, Robert Schumann, Konrad Adenauer, Helmut Kohl, Jacques Delors. His State of the Union address this year is ...

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Croatia Is Starting Preparations To Join Eurozone

The EU's newest member state is starting for a new objective - membership, first in Schengen, and then in the euro area. The Croatian government expects preparations for Schengen to be completed in 2019 and for the euro area it will take more time. To Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic this is an e ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Can the European Parliament Become Really European?

The European Parliament is one of the main institutions of the European union, often boasting that its members are directly elected by the European citizens, ergo being the most democratically legitimate of them all. With an annual budget of 1.9 billion euros (for 2017), 751 deputies and thousan ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism For the First Time at the Helm of EU Will Be a Country without Rule of Law

From the big-bang enlargement in 2004 onward, on the chair of the EU Council presidency sat various problematic states - with illiberal views (Hungary), countries in a de facto default (Cyprus, Greece), eurosceptics. However, it would be the first time that the presidency will be taken over by a ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU 23 EU Member States Decided To Go for Deeper Integration of Defence

Eight years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU will for the first time use one of its provisions, which lays the foundations of deeper integration in the area of defence and security - the establishment of a permanent structured cooperation in defence (PESCO). Although Proto ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over EU Common Defence Could Be Ready By Year-End

After the powerful commitment of EU member states to start for deep integration in the area of defence, the autumn summit in Brussels on 19-20 October ended in anticipation and calls on all member states, who wish, to "swiftly" notify the Council that they intend to take part in the Permanent St ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over A Power Struggle in the EU

A change of the centre of power is cooking in the European Union. And this is far from a good news for the Union, as it bodes its transformation into something very different from what it is now - a community in which the supranational and national interests are balanced so as to preserve unity ...

The Euro Area ESM To Transform into a European Monetary Fund

This year is on its way to repeat the ambition of 2012 when the construction of the banking union started and when the permanent rescue fund of the euro area was created. That was the year when a big step in the euro area integration was made and in the EU at large. After a five-year deadlock in ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Eurozone and Greece Are Preparing for Bailout Exit

A very important piece of news has passed almost unnoticed last week among crucial for the EU issues, like the situation with the rule of law in Poland, the election in Germany and what ruling coalition will be formed at a time when the eurozone is ready to make a giant leap forward in its integ ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Emmanuel Macron Put France Back into EU Driver's Seat

A leader has been born. For a very long time Europe has lacked leadership and vision, and for even longer France was the passive part of the Franco-German motor of European integration. But this has changed on 26 September, when the young president of France, Emmanuel Macron, turned a new page a ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Commission Puts on Rose Coloured Glasses to the European Semester

The European Semester for 2017 ended officially at the end of June, when the leaders of member states adopted the Commission's country-specific recommendations. What are the lessons of this year's exercise? The semester was created at the peak of the financial and economic crisis to tr ...

 
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Adelina Marini
During a hearing at the economic committee of EP #Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem paid tribute to #Greece for the impressive implementation of the 3rd bailout programme
7 December 2017 09:19
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: I remember when #Germany as the sick man of Europe but they did significant reforms. I'd tell the Germans that this impact won't last forever
7 December 2017 11:02
Adelina Marini
#EMU The @EU_Commission will present today the long-awaited plans on the deepening of integration in the euro area. Stay tuned for live updates!
6 December 2017 11:40
Adelina Marini #EMU Moscovici: The proposal which non-euro area countries will not be able to refuse is not of the type as in the movie "The Godfather"
6 December 2017 13:56
Adelina Marini
#ECOFIN EU finance ministers have adopted today a package for taxation of the digital economy
5 December 2017 14:41
Adelina Marini #ECOFIN Dombrovskis: The Council has also approved a revised recommendation to #Romania demanding additional corrections of the budget deficit. The Council is concerned about Romania's fiscal sustainability
5 December 2017 14:42
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