The spectacular rejection by Icelandic voters of an ‘Icesave’ accord gives Iceland a resounding mandate to push for better terms in settling €3.9 billion in losses to Britain and the Netherlands. See more.
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“Moldavia is not in a difficult, but in a complex situation” – said Iurie Leanca, Deputy PM, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, on Friday (19 February) on his lecture in Central European University. He talked about the chances of the accession to the Union according to the Eastern… » read more
It would be ‘gross simplification’ to say that Victor Yanukovich is a stooge of Moscow, says Márton Ugrósdy, analyst of Kitekintő.hu. Ugrósdy believes that the renewed Russian relations will not be enough to fight the economic crisis in Ukraine, so Yanukovich will strive to start free trade negotiations with the EU. See more.
The rationale for the existence of a tribunal to redress the evils committed in South-Eastern Europe during the nineties is not yet exhausted, claimed Serge Brammertz, chief UN prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavi…
During his 3 days visit, Silvio Berlusconi italian Prime Miniszter said, he would support the EU-membership of Israel and he hopes that one day Israel will become part of the European Union.
A new survey reveals that 47% of Europeans back Turkey’s EU accession and 47% are opposed to it. But when the same respondents were asked how would they vote in a referendum on Turkey’s membership, 52% say that they would vote against it and only 41% in favour. See more.
Last Sunday (6 Dec) was held the second round of the Romanian presidential elections. Finally Basescu won the closed competition, although he succeded it by only 70000 polls. It means that he is going to be the president of romania in the next 5 years….
January 11, 2010
On 22 December, Serbia officially submitted its candidacy for membership of European Union. A long and arduous process of indefinite duration and whose conclusion will be settled on later, although prospects for this country are not very good, not being foreseen an early resolution. Some analysts believe that membership will not take place before 2018.… » read more
November 27, 2009
The hard path to the approval of Lisbon Treaty highlights the unresolved problems of minorities in Eastern and Central Europe. The hasty accession to EU of new countries since 2004, has left minorities issues far behind. Problems turn up every time European Union intends to take a step forward. The new wording of the Treaty… » read more
October 19, 2009
July 17, 2009
This post was written by James Joyner and originally published on the New Atlanticist Policy and Analysis Blog. The United States has among the lowest top income tax rates in the developed world. And also the highest rates of compliance in paying taxes. One suspects these facts are related. Atlantic business editor Megan McArdle observes,… » read more
February 12, 2009
Turkey has a population of nearly 80 million citizen and is situated on cross roads of Asia and Europe. Considering it’s natural resources and young workforce, It can be easily figured out that Turkey’s membership of Eu would be most beneficial for both sides. The first full membership application has been pledged in 14 April… » read more
November 6, 2008
Yesterday Croatia has been given EU entry timetable. The European Commission claims it’s not “a blank check”, Paris and Berlin repeat their “no Lisbon – no enlargement” rhetoric, Ljubljana blocks chapters and Zagreb promises to fight corruption. So, nothing new from Brussels… If everything goes well (and I certainly hope it will), Croatia will end… » read more
When it comes to a new enlargement round in eastern Europe, the EU can’t go forward and can’t go back writes Krzysztof Bobinski. (SPRING 2008) In Ukraine, the EU’s failure to encourage the government in its European aspirations risks creating a growing disillusionment with the West. That would strengthen Russia’s position in Ukraine, where Moscow… » read more
April 17, 2008
The EU is dragging its feet over the Western Balkans, warns Wolfgang Petritsch, the EU’s former Special Envoy to Kosovo. He urges the Union to draw on its experience with Bulgaria and Romania to accommodate the special needs of the Balkan states SPRING 2008 Click here to read the full article