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EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over
Donald Tusk Has Challenged the Status Quo
The autumn European Council will remain in history with the adoption of the Leaders' Agenda which the EU is looking in the mirror with. At the EU summit on 19-20 October, the leaders of the member states were faced with an existential choice - either to be part of a new EU or slip into the perip ...
Institutional Affairs of the EU 23 EU Member States Decided To Go for Deeper Integration of Defence

Eight years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU will for the first time use one of its provisions, which lays the foundations of deeper integration in the area of defence and security - the establishment of a permanent structured cooperation in defence (PESCO). Although Proto ...

latest comments What Does It Mean To Be Pro-European?

Andrej Babis's election victory in the Czech Republic shows that it is high time that we define clearly what does pro-Europeanism really mean, because under this umbrella so many mutually exclusive perceptions and ideologies are put. Good diagnostics of attitudes in the member states will be esp ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over Sofia Wants To Be Thessalonнki II but It Lacks Substance and Momentum

The Western Balkans will be a central priority of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency, which starts on January 1st. This is both a very good and a very bad piece of news. Very good because this region is strategically very important for the Union. Very bad because the subject is too big a spoon ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Finally the European Prosecutor's Office Is Born

After four years of tough negotiations, the European Union has made a big integration step in an area which has always been a taboo - justice and home affairs. On 12 October, the justice ministers of 20 member states voted unanimously to create an office of the European prosecutor (EPPO), who wi ...

Western Balkans Elections in Germany and Their Impact on the Western Balkans

The elections in Germany confirmed the victory of the CDU-CSU coalition, albeit with less votes than in past elections. Obviously, the result will not undermine Germany's role in Europe and in the Balkans, neither Chancellor Angela Merkel's position. The Chancellor remains a significant figure t ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EPP's Bad Boys

Photos from Catalonia where the Spanish authorities used excessive force against those willing to participate in an illegal referendum in the autonomous Spanish province caused justified reactions of indignation that such a thing is possible in the European Union. Even more revolting was the sil ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Juncker's Triumph

There is no doubt that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg, EPP) will remain in history as one of European Union's fathers, side by side to names like Jean Monnet, Robert Schumann, Konrad Adenauer, Helmut Kohl, Jacques Delors. His State of the Union address this year is ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU What Future for EU Budget after Brexit?

That time approaches in the EU when member states will begin talking about money. The seven-year cycle of the common budget is now coming to an end, and as tradition calls for, the talks about the post-2020 cycle will begin two years earlier. This time, however, will be radically different bec ...

The debt crisis in the euro area EU Matures to the Need to Deal with Non-Performing Loans at the European Level

The European economy is recovering at a rapid pace, but its prospects still bear the legacy of the worst economic and financial crisis since the creation of the single European currency. One of the problems that the head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has consistently pointe ...

EU Is Suffering of Severe Migrantaine Migration Enters the New EU Strategy on Afghanistan

The European Commission proposed on Monday (July 24th) a upgrading of the elements of the European Union's strategy towards Afghanistan, adding a new one - migration. In the current strategy, adopted in 2014, the core elements were four: promoting peace, security and regional stab ...

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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 ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over EU Common Defence Could Be Ready By Year-End

After the powerful commitment of EU member states to start for deep integration in the area of defence, the autumn summit in Brussels on 19-20 October ended in anticipation and calls on all member states, who wish, to "swiftly" notify the Council that they intend to take part in the Permanent St ...

EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over A Power Struggle in the EU

A change of the centre of power is cooking in the European Union. And this is far from a good news for the Union, as it bodes its transformation into something very different from what it is now - a community in which the supranational and national interests are balanced so as to preserve unity ...

The Euro Area ESM To Transform into a European Monetary Fund

This year is on its way to repeat the ambition of 2012 when the construction of the banking union started and when the permanent rescue fund of the euro area was created. That was the year when a big step in the euro area integration was made and in the EU at large. After a five-year deadlock in ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Eurozone and Greece Are Preparing for Bailout Exit

A very important piece of news has passed almost unnoticed last week among crucial for the EU issues, like the situation with the rule of law in Poland, the election in Germany and what ruling coalition will be formed at a time when the eurozone is ready to make a giant leap forward in its integ ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU Emmanuel Macron Put France Back into EU Driver's Seat

A leader has been born. For a very long time Europe has lacked leadership and vision, and for even longer France was the passive part of the Franco-German motor of European integration. But this has changed on 26 September, when the young president of France, Emmanuel Macron, turned a new page a ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Commission Puts on Rose Coloured Glasses to the European Semester

The European Semester for 2017 ended officially at the end of June, when the leaders of member states adopted the Commission's country-specific recommendations. What are the lessons of this year's exercise? The semester was created at the peak of the financial and economic crisis to tr ...

The June EU Summit 2017 - End of the Populist Crisis and a Return of/to EU Race for the Relocation of Two EU Agencies Has Begun

The main driving force of the British voters' decision for a Brexit was the threat of an invasion of European migrants, especially from the poorer parts of the European Union and consecutively less qualified. The topic dominated the debate for years before the crucial referendum&n ...

Western Balkans Enlargement's Return From the Dead?

Over the past two to three months, a major change is observed in the dynamics of the enlargement process, putting an end to the rather bleak forecasts regarding the European prospects and the stability of the turbulent region of the Western Balkans ... for now. What is new? Macedonia i ...

The debt crisis in the euro area From Sintra to September - ECB Prepares for a Possible Change in Monetary Policy

Over two-thirds of the questions at the press conference following the July meeting of the European Central Bank Governing Council last Thursday revolved around Governor Mario Draghi's speech in the Portuguese city of Sintra on June 27, when he once again hinted at the possib ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The last hearing for this year of #ECB President Mario Draghi is about to begin in the economic committee of EP
20 November 2017 14:59
Adelina Marini #Draghi: At this stage we are not identifying systemic financial risks that would justify a change of monetary policy
20 November 2017 16:13
Adelina Marini
In its latest #CVM report on #Bulgaria the @EU_Commission justifies the lack of progress with the political instability earlier this year. The government, however, is praised for its continuity and ambition for reforms and the responsibility for the non-implementation is transferred to the parliament. Bulgaria is still far from fulfilling the benchmarks can be concluded from the report, which you can find here euinsi.de/xN16
15 November 2017 11:52
Adelina Marini
Right at this moment EU foreign ministers are signing the joint notification letter for participation in the Permanent Structured Cooperation in defence (PESCO). This is a huge integration step in the area of defense
13 November 2017 12:19
Adelina Marini #StratComms Mogherini: Our focus is not only on fake news but our positive agenda as well
13 November 2017 17:22
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