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13 April 2017 14:09 Thanks to EPP Blessing the Commission Has Finally Taken Up Hungary

Should you wish to build an illiberal regime within the EU without fear of the almighty Article 2 of the Treaty of Lisbon, do like Orbán, not like Kaczyński – agree to all manner of dialogues and political debates, initiated by the Brussels clerks, nod in understanding, an ...

31 March 2017 12:46 At 60 EU Enters a New Phase in Life

On his 60th birthday, the European Union decided to part with its idealism and move towards pragmatism. As euinside reported over recent years (here and here), the romantic period of the Union - the unification of Europe and the invention of a mechanism for preserving peace - is long o ...

8 March 2017 13:17 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 ...

3 March 2017 19:24 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, ...

22 February 2017 14:54 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 ...

5 April 2017 14:35 16 Member States Will Establish the EPPO

After nearly four years of negotiations, many concessions and compromises, and a significant change from the original proposal, the European Public Prosecutor's Office for combating financial fraud with EU funds will be created by only 16 member states in the so-called enhanced coopera ...

22 March 2017 15:53 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 ...

7 March 2017 11:22 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 ...

23 February 2017 12:02 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 ...

10 February 2017 11:48 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 ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#Brexit Nine months after the referendum on EU membership, the UK has today handed a formal notification that it is leaving. The letter triggering #Article50 was handed by UK Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow to European Council President Donald Tusk. Thus the negotiations on Brexit have officially begun
29 March 2017 13:47
Adelina Marini #Article50 #Tusk: Thank you and good bye!
29 March 2017 14:05
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
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