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Yesterday, a challenge of conditionality did not find favour in the European Court. ‘Conditionality’ is another term for a ‘macro-economic adjustment programme’ that EU Member States have to accept when they receive financial assistance to face down financial stability threats. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Cyprus have seen far-reaching policy prescription imposed upon them by (formally:… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Regional entities are the foster children of EU law, even more so than individual persons. While the position of the latter has improved over time, and the CJEU is clearly interested in bringing them within the ambit of EU law, regions are still damned to a will-o’-wisp existence on the plane of EU law –… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

As EU has entered in talks with Great Britain towards a more accommodating relationship that would vanquish Brexit prospects, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble keeps insisting that Greece would be in better economic condition if decision on Grexit had been reached in summer. Obsession of Schäuble to cling in this idea every now and then,… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Syriza government proposal for the survival of the pension system in Greece has been delivered to the institutions for consultation. The proposal is structured in a way to serve three major goals: a. protect the current pensioners; b. secure that new generations will receive pension; c. safeguard the pension system and avoid a total collapse.… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Since the spark of the financial crisis, Greece has been weak in building a sound business environment. In this fragile context, disastrous austerity came to give a final blow. The last three years of EU funds 2007-13 period were not as efficient as the domestic governments or the European Commission could expect, but this was… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

On Israel, refugees and foreign policy, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy seems to have swallowed the Swedish self-assessment of being a ‘humanitarian’ super-power. In his article “Sweden, my love” in Haaretz (November 18th), Gideon Levy depicts two morally opposite countries: Sweden, “the closest thing there is today to a model state”, and Israel, an occupying state… » read more

  Posted by Mose Apelblat

Recent legal development, involving opinion 2/13 on the accession of the EU to the ECHR, have put the relation between the EU and its Member States’ legal systems centre stage again. As important as the discussions around human rights are, there are many more, smaller pieces to this puzzle. Indeed, it is time we learn… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

A durable Energy Union?

  By Imke Lübbeke, Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office The European Commission is about to issue its ‘State of the Energy Union’. This is the latest step towards a policy framework that will oversee the vital 2020 to 2030 phase of Europe’s energy transition. As we look forward,… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

EU lacks geopolitical strategy

The economic crisis remains a top priority for Eurozone with the current consolidation model generating much more problems than solutions. Greece has been forced to adopt a third bailout deal, but the ruling Syriza party resists towards protecting the most affected ones, while unfolding the deadlock that austerity politics have caused to an increasing number… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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