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To Brexit or Not To Brexit
Not Brussels Bureaucracy, Bulgarian Media Have Failed
Just four days have passed since the news of the Brexit broke, British society has not yet come out of the shock, and Brussels is yet to host meetings of leaders to project the way forward, but in Bulgarian public domain responsibility has already been strictly allocated. The one responsible f ...
To Brexit or Not To Brexit UK Chose to Exit. EU Now Needs to Solve Juncker's Riddle

The most anticipated unexpected happened – Great Britain voted to leave the EU with the other foot too, which sent everybody in shock and awe – Brits themselves, the EU, and financial markets, who quickly remembered the 2008 financial crisis. And while the dust is still settli ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit Ivan Grdešić: Brexit Is Bad News for Enlargement

I meet Croatia’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dr Ivan Grdešić in London on the day after the Brexit. He is unpleasantly surprised by the result. He just came back from Dubrovnik, where he visited the premiere of “Hamlet”, played by a woman. This is a British-Croatian init ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit Great Britain Is Imploding

On June 23 Great Britain will make the momentous decision whether to stay in or leave the European Union. The decision is fateful not just to Great Britain itself, but for the entire EU and beyond. Instead of representing a triumph of democracy, however, the referendum is about to turn into a ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Commission Was Completely Ignored by Council on EPPO

The intergovernmental approach is winning in the creation of a regulation on the establishment of an European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), which would investigate crimes against the EU’s financial interests. Work on the project has turned in a Eurosceptic direction fr ...

Western Balkans Should BiH Get Special Treatment on Its Way towards EU?

Will Bosnia and Herzegovina ever be able to fulfil the criteria for EU membership without special treatment or a total overhaul of the Dayton peace agreement? This question surfaced during a discussion on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU, organised by the European Parliament&rsqu ...

EU-Russia President Plevneliev: Crimea Is Europe

Russia, the eurosceptics, and EU integration were the main topics in Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev’s speech to the European Parliament. The largest focus in it was on Russia and its destabilising role to the EU. Not a lesser destructive factor in his opinion is the British referendu ...

The Euro Area Is the Euro Area Ready to Handle a Brexit?

The euro area is recovering slowly, but surely. So surely, that Economic and Monetary Policy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici (France, Socialists and Democrats) definitively announced the end of austerianism in favour of a looser fiscal policy. Supporting his call, the European Commission abdicated ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EC: Now Is Not the Time To Follow Rules

The crisis is officially over, budget policy no longer matters, rules do not matter during election time. Those are the messages from this year’s European semester, the culmination of which was the presentation of the country-specific recommendations on May 18th. At that time, th ...

Western Balkans Commission Knows Not What To Do with Macedonia

Whatever government is produced by the snap parliamentary elections in Macedonia, it would not be recognised as a credible partner of the international community, because three of the four major political parties in the former Yugoslav republic will not be participating in the elections. This wa ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Spring Economic Forecast: Going out of Austerity Back To Keynesianism

This week, the European Commission revised down its forecast for the EU’s economic growth because of the continuing global instability, but also because of the internal European instability. The EC expects the effect on growth of the low oil prices and the devaluation of the euro to wane, ...

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What Is Going on in Croatia?

There is a fierce battle going on at the moment in the newest member of the European Union between forces of the past and reformist powers. A battle, which is already costing a lot to the country, which has hardly raised its head above the 6-year long recession, having a huge public debt, and fa ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit Fortress England - the Bulgarian View on Brexit

It is not often you know deep within you an event is historic, representing a sign of radical change, of an earthquake with a large magnitude. Today's European referendum in Great Britain undoubtedly is such an event. If Brits chose to leave the European Union, it would bring considerable chan ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EC Needs To Understand All Members Are Equal to the Pacts

The hearing of Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem in the EP’s economic committee on Tuesday was planned to be smooth and boring. The purpose of the hearing was for the minister to give an account about what has been accomplished by the Dutch rotating presidency during the six- ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Is the End of the Greek Saga Near?

Have we committed to history the emergency meetings of the Eurogroup, or even the European Council, dedicated to solving the next Greek case – will it have enough money to pay wages and pensions, will it remain in the euro area, will it draw another loan, will it pay back the previous ones ...

EU-Russia Now Bulgarians Need to Unite behind the President's Speech

The speech of President Rosen Plevneliev to the European Parliament on June 8 was much needed. We needed a high-ranking politician telling us clearly where he sees Bulgaria placed in today’s complex geopolitical situation. I have been asked many times in Brussels why is there no informatio ...

latest news The Bulgarian Vision for EU for the First Time in EP

It is finally Bulgaria’s turn to present to the European Parliament its position on what is happening in Europe and its vision for the future of the EU. This will be done at noon CET by President Rosen Plevneliev. As he does not wield executive power, there will not be any debates with him ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Commission Struck a Snag With Poland

Poland is not moved the least bit by the European Commission’s attempts to explain to Warsaw that it has commitments to the rule of law, stemming from Article 2 of the Treaty of the EU. Ever since January, when the EC officially started a procedure against Poland due to concerns ...

latest news EC Has Too Specific Recommendations to Bulgaria for Too Serious Problems

A heavy sentence was read on government in Bulgaria with this year’s package of documents on the European semester, whose culmination came on May 18th with the presentation of the country-specific recommendations for every single member state. The European Commission is attemptin ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Mitov: Western Balkans Should be Treated as EU Members

Enlargement needs a change and a serious one at that. This opinion united in Zagreb the foreign ministers of Bulgaria and Croatia. The Bulgarian Minister Daniel Mitov was far bolder in his vision, while his Croatian counterpart was more concentrated on sending messages to certain neighbouring st ...

Turkey and the EU Bulgarian Foreign Minister: The EU Was Late with Turkey

The European Union was late paying attention to Turkey’s warnings about the problematic migration situation there and the fact that the EU would also be affected. And these warnings had been coming for a very long time, but the EU missed them, said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov i ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#EUref We're expecting a notification on the triggering of Article 50 as soon as possible, said spokesman Margaritas Schinas
27 June 2016 12:30
Adelina Marini
#EUref A fateful referendum is taking place today in #UK about its membership in the EU. Fateful for both sides. The expectations are the outcome to be really close. The forecast for #Remain is as probable as that for #Leave. The issue of UK's EU membership has completely obsessed the British society in the past years and has removed almost all other issues off the agenda. Alas, quite the opposite has been on the Continent and in the EU's periphery the fatefulness of the vote has been reduced to zero
23 June 2016 11:55
Adelina Marini #EUref #Brussels is starting to organise to embrace the impact. Meetings in the European Parliament and the Commission are planned. Official statement is also expected by European Council President Donald Tusk. A EU summit is planned for next week but it is possible it could be held earlier. All this against the backdrop of the expected appeals for EU referendums in the countries with strong eurosceptic parties
24 June 2016 08:27
Adelina Marini
#ECOFIN Jeroen #Dijsselbloem: We've decided to postpone our discussion on the Commission's decisions on Spain and Portugal until the Commission publishes the formal data under the EDP
17 June 2016 15:35
Adelina Marini #ECOFIN Valdis #Dombrovskis: The political context is not easy these days but we have to continue our work on the deepening of EMU
17 June 2016 15:44
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