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Frans Timmermans Showed Poland the Door
The European Commission today discussed the EU's "nuclear option" regarding the most recent decisions of the Polish government with which the rule of law would be virtually completely destroyed. "Given the latest developments, we are coming very close to triggering article 7", said the Commiss ...
Western Balkans The Berlin Process - the Good Cop of the Balkans' European Integration

The long-awaited EU summit with the six countries of the Western Balkans - Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo - in the Italian city of Trieste on July 12 ended with several important messages not only to the countries of the still too turbulent p ...

Western Balkans The Summer of Balkan Hopes

The grand event for the Western Balkans this year is the summit of the Berlin Process countries in the Italian city of Trieste on 12 July. In recent months, expectations have been seriously pumped up that this meeting will provide a major boost to the European integration of the region ...

The June EU Summit 2017 - End of the Populist Crisis and a Return of/to EU Wind of Change Is Blowing in EU. Illiberalism and Eastern Europe Are First Casualties

The biggest piece of news from the June EU summit is the return of the Franco-German engine at the helm of the Union, but this time with much more vigour and ambition. The June 22-23 European Council was unique and will be remembered by several things. The first is that the agenda was ...

The June EU Summit 2017 - End of the Populist Crisis and a Return of/to EU Bulgarian PM Wants a Collective EU Membership in NATO

One of the most controversial topics on the agenda of the June 22-23 European Council is the deepening of defence cooperation, details on which you can read here. To Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov the most pragmatic solution would be collective EU membership in NATO as i ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit Brexit Negotiations Have Started. Chapter 1: Monnet vs. Churchill

Three months after Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sent a notification to Brussels saying Great Britain was leaving the European Union, the negotiations on the so-called Brexit began on June 19, in a typical European fashion - with thin hints and humour. During the ...

The financial regulation and supervision The Second CCCTB Proposal Seems Also Headed for a Failure

With an agreement in principle, but with a lot of worries and hesitations ended the second discussion in the Council of EU finance ministers on the revived European Commission proposal to introduce a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). Last October, the Commission tried to ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Is Making a New Integration Step - Building a Defence Union

Almost a year ago, when the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherini (Italy, Socialists and Democrats), presented the new global security strategy of the Union right at the peak of the Brexit, it did not appear that the deep integration in the field ...

To Brexit or Not To Brexit Brexit Is No Priority, the Future of EU Is

The debate (on May 17) on the occasion of the adoption of the EU's negotiating position on Britain’s exit was a good time for political group leaders to announce the end of populism. The first one to do that was EPP Group leader Manfred Weber (EPP), followed by others, some of whom we ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EU Spring Economic Forecast - Optimism in Times of Uncertainty

"Uncertainty" is the focus of the European Commission's spring economic forecast presented last week. The topic is presented entirely in scientific terms, apparently aiming to give a meaningful explanation as to why economic forecasts are increasingly diverging from reality. This ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU After the Brexit - the Big Return of France?

Winning the ideologically highly contested elections in a key member country with a strong pro-European agenda against the prevailing Eurosceptic background and versus a strong anti-European candidate, enjoying support of an outside and hostile to the EU country, is definitely a spectacular ...

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More Uncertainty in Croatia after the 2nd Round of Local Elections

The Conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party is the biggest and convincing winner in the second round of the local elections in the country, but the dilemma remains at national level whether a stable coalition partner will be found or snap elections will be the way to go. The governm ...

The June EU Summit 2017 - End of the Populist Crisis and a Return of/to EU Protection, Not Protectionism Is the Message of the EU

The most frequently mentioned word by French President Emmanuel Macron during his first European Council was "protection," used in two contexts - trade and security. Both topics have long been debated by the leaders of the 28 member states, but trade has a certain lead in terms of time ...

The Euro Area Member States Are Cautious Regarding Commission Ideas about Euro Area Future

At the end of May, the European Commission presented one of its key reflection papers from a whole series covering a wide range of topics - from common defence to globalisation. Word is about the document on the future of the euro area. The European Commission is of the opinion th ...

The June EU Summit 2017 - End of the Populist Crisis and a Return of/to EU Integration in the Area of Defence - EU's Military Schengen?

Brussels greets us with high temperatures, and it is expected to get even hotter for the EU summit on June 22 and 23. Fully in tune with the weather, the items on the agenda of the two-day European Council are also quite hot. The Union, for the first time in two years, is free from the ...

The financial regulation and supervision Draghi Certain that Core Inflation Will Grow

There are two pieces of news from the June meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. The first is that the bank took a step towards tightening monetary policy. The second is that serious changes will not occur until basic inflation remains a straight line. There is ...

The Euro Area The Euro Area Train Is Leaving, Non-Euro Passengers Are Invited Onboard

If Marine Le Pen had won the French presidential election, Brussels and Frankfurt would already be discussing crisis plans for saving the euro in the likelihood of a Frexit. But the Elysee Palace is now occupied by Emmanuel Macron, who won the elections with a pro-European programme an ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece between IMF, German Elections, and the Future of the Euro Area

Disappointment flowed from the Eurogroup meeting on Monday of last week (May 22nd), when there was high expectation that an agreement with the International Monetary Fund would finally be reached on the issue of the Greek debt relief. After lengthy and painful negotiations, the meeting ended a ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Will Fight Populism by Harnessing Globalisation

More than 10 years have passed from the success of Thomas L. Friedman's book "The World Is Flat", which praises globalisation. Since then, the attitude toward this process has turned 180 degrees and has served as powerful wind in the sails for the enormous growth of populist and nationalist forc ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Following Macron's Election, Let's Make the EU a Great Democracy Again!

The collision that has been going on for several years in the developed liberal world is somewhat superficially presented as a struggle between mainstream political parties and populists. In the European context, that conflict is presented as a battle between pro-European forces and Euroscepti ...

Western Balkans Enver Hoxhaj: Dialogue with Belgrade Is Useless if it Does Not Lead to Mutual Recognition

The Balkans are in a limbo, Serbia is an extension of Russia, Kosovo has the most stable political landscape, the dialogue with Belgrade must move towards mutual recognition, the crisis in Macedonia is an internal problem. These are in brief the positions of Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Ho ...

 
free talk corner
Adelina Marini
Any time now will begin the press conference of Mario #Draghi after the regular meeting of the #ECB Governing Council. Stay tuned for live updates
20 July 2017 14:31
Adelina Marini #Draghi: The very discussing of a change of the objective will be highly destabilising for expectations
20 July 2017 15:17
Adelina Marini
#ruleoflaw Frans #Timmermans after the meeting of the College on the new situation in #Poland: Commission's concerns in Poland are equally shared by the EP and the Council
19 July 2017 12:52
Adelina Marini #ruleoflaw #Timmermans: If someone decides not to implement the Treaty because it's not politically convenient, they have to be held accountable. What will happen if everyone decided that?
19 July 2017 13:20
Adelina Marini
Donald #Tusk to Alexander Vucic: Feel here in Brussels and especially in my office like home
14 July 2017 14:31
Adelina Marini #Vucic: Today we discussed our foreign policy orientation. We heard some remarks
14 July 2017 14:36
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