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Draghi Fears a Repetition of the Same Mistake that Led to the 2008 Crisis
The European Central Bank has made a new, though much smaller, step toward tightening of its monetary policy. The Governing Council decided unanimously on March 8th to remove its easing bias regarding the size and/or length of the net assets purchases programme (APP) - one of the non-standa ...
Western Balkans Juncker's Tour of the Western Balkans - Breaking the Ice

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's tour of the six Western Balkan countries in end-February has revealed how late the EU is, how much it missed, and how little it does for a region which emerged in the past years as strategically crucial for the Union. The aim of the visit was t ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU European Parliament To Be More National or More European? This Is the Question

For the time being, European democracy remains largely national. This is, as briefly described as possible, the outcome of the informal EU summit, which took place in Brussels on 23 February. The result alone is not a big surprise, given the still strong Eurosceptic sentiment. What is surprising ...

Education Commission Wants Education To Top the EU Agenda but the Council Is Wary

The European Commission wants to make a revolution in European education and to create, probably, the greatest integrational epicentre in the EU but the member states are for now inclined only to put another brick in the wall. Moreover, the eurosceptic Visegrad suburb of the EU is very likely to ...

Western Balkans Brussels Finally Got the Western Balkans by the Horns

For the first time, the vision of the European Union for future enlargements acquires a complete and comprehensive look. The strategy outlined on February 6 is the first truly meaningful document that finally made a link between expanding outward and absorbing it inside. The document is as targe ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars Will EU Miss the Window of Opportunity to Deepen the EMU?

In 2017, for the first time in five years, a rare opportunity opened to upgrade the euro area. With the election of Emmanuel Macron, UK's leaving and the good economic and fiscal conditions the reformist atmosphere of 2012 has returned. Back then a decision was taken to build a banking union. Fi ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism The Bulgarian EU Presidency - Time To Look in the Mirror

The first presentation of priorities of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council in the European Parliament was also Bulgaria's first look in the European mirror. And the image there did not look good. This happened in the European Parliament's committee on civil liberties, justice and interna ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars One Small Step in Defence, One Giant Leap for EU

The past 2017 will remain in the history of the European Union as one of the more significant integration years. In 2017, a decision was finally taken to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office, which is a significant step in the so far taboo sphere of European integration. The year will ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars Tusk vs Juncker on Migration

The closer the European elections are coming the intenser the inter-institutional conflict becomes, skillfully mitigated by genuine laughter and acid jokes. The winter EU summit in Brussels, on 14-15 December, was the first vivid clash between the leaders of two European institutions - the Europ ...

latest comments 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 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 ...

euinside in Croatia
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 ...

The Euro Area March 4th - the First Major Political Quake in EU in 2018

While the Bulgarians will be getting sober on 4 March after the March 3 celebrations of Independence Day - some celebrating that Putin did not comet this time round and others that, after all, the holiday was honoured by his spiritual hand, Patriarch Kirill, amid the Bulgarian EU ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU February Eurogroup Opened the Season of Horse Trading with EU Top Jobs

The meeting of the eurozone finance ministers on February 19th could have passed completely unnoticed, even for the biggest Eurogroup fans, if it were not for the election of Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos for vice president of the European Central Bank. The meeting did not produc ...

Davos Macron and Merkel with Radical Ideas in Davos for Changing the EU and the World

Something remarkable happened this year in Davos - a real clash between those who want to drag the world backward and bring it back to the entirely male dimension of raw power, and those who want to move up it to the next civilisational level, where a tangible technological, economic and societa ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Greece Is on Its Way to Reconcile Eurogroup and IMF

2018 marks a new beginning for the Eurogroup, Greece and relations with the International Monetary Fund. The first meeting of the euro area finance ministers started with a new chairman - Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno. There are great expectations for a change of course under his lea ...

Western Balkans EU's Western Balkan Dilemma - the Trickiest Task in 2018

Last year (2017) was not the year of the Western Balkans, as analyses can be read. This was the year of the EU's awakening to this volatile region in its immediate neighbourhood, and the realisation that it is of strategic importance to member states in time of a renewed geopolitical r ...

The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars EU Starts Building a European Identity

The migration crisis as well as the sprouting like mushrooms problems with the rule of law and with the European values in various corners of the EU have finally convinced European leaders that it is high time to start building a European identity. The issue has been circulating for a long time ...

latest analyses China Is Playing with the Illiberal Pieces on the EU Chessboard

The traditional summit of China with South-East European countries is usually a time when leaders in this European region get excited and start pumping overwhelming hopes for easy money, many new jobs, improved infrastructure without any strings attached. Especially in countries where the media ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Adelina Marini
Euro area finance ministers are gathering together for a regular Eurogroup meeting. Main topics on the agenda - the implementation of all prior actions by #Greece and the preparation of the euro area summit in end-March. Stay tuned for live updates
12 March 2018 14:32
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup #Greece #Moscovici: It will be a major test of credibility for the rest of our discussions
12 March 2018 18:15
Adelina Marini
#ECB decided after today's Governing Council meeting to keep the key interest rates unchanged. Regarding non-standard monetary measures the ECB for the first time decided not to increase the pace of asset purchases in case of a need
8 March 2018 14:36
Adelina Marini #ECB #Draghi: Often there are unconscious biases that play a role
8 March 2018 15:18
Adelina Marini
#ECB The meeting of the economic committee of EP continues with a hearing of Luis De Guindos, who was elected by the #Eurogroup to be the next ECB vice president after the term of Vitor Constancio expires in June
26 February 2018 17:45
Adelina Marini #ECB De Guindos: Due to demographics and inflation hovering around 2% I think that the non-conventional measures could be modified later and they could become more conventional over time
26 February 2018 18:52

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