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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 ...
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 ...

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 ...

The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield The December European Council - Another Toxic EU Summit

So little is expected of the EU and the atmosphere is so volatile! This year’s summarising Union summit will be just one day, but the programme is full of subjects which can turn very wrong. The only chance of success is in the meagre Bratislava declaration, on the impl ...

The debt crisis in the euro area The Crisis Is Over. Prepare the Ground for the Next One

Do you remember what the first thing was that European leaders did following the outbreak of the financial crisis in the euro area in 2009? A discussion was started on new rules for tightening of the fiscal discipline, for not long after the start of the crisis an agreement was reached ...

The financial regulation and supervision A Second Attempt at the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base

The European Commission is making a second attempt at implementing a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) after the previous attempt in 2011 failed. Chances of success are not too big this time either, but the Commission relies on the new approach towards one of the most cont ...

Transatlantic relations EU Is Falling into Global Loneliness Following Trump's Victory

It was not until after the USA presidential elections that the EU began to realise that it is left on its own, despite President Barack Obama trying to say it to his European partners on numerous occasions. Donald Trump’s victory is a great opportunity for the EU to deepen its integ ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit First Win For Rule of Law over Post-factology

A country with rule of law is a country where law has control over the executive branch. As of late, however, this pinnacle of human evolution has started to mutate into a new totalitarian form, masked as a rebellion against the establishment. Law has gradually started to get pushed aside by & ...

The October EUCO 2016: Welcome to the new EU-reality! When Sanctions Are More Appalling than the Atrocities of Aleppo

The war in Syria starts reminding more and more of the post-war situation at the beginning of the 20th century when the half-destroyed world matured to the need of global institutions, which could prevent armed conflicts through dialogue between warring parties and could take care of respectin ...

EU-Russia EU Is Strong in Words, Weak in Action, Jumping from One Crisis into the Next

It is for the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Syria that the EU uses extremely powerful language in an official document. Word is of the foreign ministers’ conclusions from Monday, which include clear accusations towards the Bashar al-Assad regime, but towards R ...

latest faces Traycho Traykov: EU Should Have a Single Contact Point with Russia

Exactly two days prior to the presidential elections in the USA, on November 6th, Bulgarians too will be voting for president. This would have hardly mattered, if it wasn’t for the competition in anti-democratism and scandalising society. Some would say that the behaviour of the Republican ...

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Chocolinda in the Balkan World

Right when the Croatian market is being shaken by findings of salmonella in the chicken and minced meat, as well as an obvious weak food control, society was scandalised by a chocolate problem. Chocolate had no other problems besides being... Serbian. On December 6th, President Kolinda Grabar- ...

The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield Boyko Borissov: Not only Russia Is to Blame for Syria, but the USA too

Bulgaria's resigned Prime Minister Boyko Borissov confirmed during the summit in Brussels that there are expectations for the sanctions against Russia to be silently extended due to the non-compliance with the Minsk agreements with Ukraine. Boyko Borissov warned that a very clear distinctio ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Margarida Marques: Respecting the Rules Will Save the EU

The EU faces many challenges, but is capable of dealing with them if it follows the rules. Just like member states in the euro area need to adhere to budget criteria, the same approach needs to be used towards social issues and the rule of law. Only then will EU citizens see that the EU brings r ...

The Euro Area Mario Draghi: Do Not Forget To Complete The Euro Area!

The regular monetary dialogue in the economic committee of the European Parliament with the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, on November 28 practically marked the end of forecasting and predictability. There were more “we do not knows” and “it cannot b ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The EPPO Might Not Be Ready By Year End

Despite efforts being made, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) might not be agreed by the end of the year, as are the expectations of the European Commission and the Council’s Presidency. Another deadline will be missed and the discussions surrounding the new European instituti ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Head-on Collision Between Brussels and Member States Regarding EU's Global Strategy

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (Italy, Socialists and Democrats) presented in front of a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and representatives of national parliaments a plan for the ...

The October EUCO 2016: Welcome to the new EU-reality! The Canada Agreement and the Democratic Legitimacy - a New European Riddle

Just as it seemed that the October European Council will be the first boring one for quite awhile, because there is no large crisis, which requires an urgent solution, and here comes the trade agreement with Canada, which turns into just such a crisis which (once more) the EU’s a ...

The Euro Area Bulgaria Is Testing the Ground for Euro Area Accession

Bulgaria is cautiously preparing to join the euro area. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov after it became evident last week from his letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg, EPP) that there are ongoing negotiations. In the letter, which euinside ...

The October EUCO 2016: Welcome to the new EU-reality! Welcome to the EU of Returned Sovereignty!

The thing that got a little neglected at the June EU summit because of the referendum in Great Britain and the migrant crisis in the EU was the taking away (or perhaps the return) of powers from the European Commission in the negotiations of trading policies with third countr ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Long Greek Crisis Is Causing Severe Jet-lag to the Eurogroup

In just a single month a great change happened in the assessment of European institutions of the implementation of the Greek programme. This change does have a price and it is a mismatch in perceptions. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (The Netherlands, Socialists an Democrats) admitted Monda ...

 
free talk corner
Adelina Marini
#EUCO A while ago has started the lunch of the leaders. On the agenda of the 1-day EU summit are migration, the situation in #Syria, the ratification of the trade agreement with Ukraine, the defence union
15 December 2016 14:29
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Russia #Ukraine Boyko Borissov: "I warned that it will become very unpleasant for Europe when the new US president comes and we are not in synch on continuation of the sanctions. I insisted, if possible, to consult in advance to avoid a situation when Europe remains alone with confirmed sanctions"
15 December 2016 18:07
Adelina Marini
#Italicum Jeroen Dijsselbloem: Given the political situation in #Italy at the moment, it's impossible to ask anything from the Italian government. It's true that Italy needs to undertake some significant measures
5 December 2016 14:32
Adelina Marini
The regular monetary dialogue w/ #ECB chief Mario #Draghi is beginning in the EP economic committee. Stay tuned for live updates
28 November 2016 15:06
Adelina Marini #Draghi: Low interest rates are an incentive for reforms
28 November 2016 16:49
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