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In the next 12 years the EU will be confronted with profound changes and look very different from today. It will comprise close to 35 member States, with seven additions from the Western Balkans. This will further complicated EU governance. Differentiation among member States will further increase, the most important being the division between EMU […]

The recent statement of Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico that his country “is losing patience” paying overdebted Eurozone member-states is something that stirs up pondering. It is not only Slovakia that questions bail-out plans and its contribution to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), but a number of medium-size or small-size countries that retrieve commitments […]

By Johan De Rycker Italy having done the heavy lifting versus Germany, obviously Spain won. I’m not even sure whether you really should take football as a simile here. Monti did get somewhere with Merkel. But, oh dear, the British press is rather subdued about all this. One wonders why. God forbid that the “Banking” […]

Recent events show that the answer to this question may at times be less obvious than it seems to be when reading the Treaties. Law on Schengen once again became a source of controversies. This time they concern the division of power between the Council and the European Parliament. Last month we witnessed a heated […]

The Civic Platform (PO) was supposed to accept the SLD (Democratic Left Alliance) and the Palikot’s Movement projects on registered partnerships. The deal, though unwritten, was about to apply in this parliamentary term. But I waited patiently for the moment, and technology that will be used by the party leadership to cut the project off. […]

By Peter Wilding With the whole world telling her to get a grip now, mild-mannered German Chancellor Angela Merkel is clearly feeling the heat. Just as the “Gang of Four” EU presidents released their ‘Eurobond + budget veto’ solution to the problems in the Eurozone, she did a Thatcher by telling her MPs that any […]

The Council of the European Union adopted on the 25 of June 2012 the long awaited and delayed “Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy”. The Framework sets out principles, objectives and priorities, all designed to improve the effectiveness and consistency of EU policy towards third countries as a whole in the next […]

By David Gow The pressures on Angela Merkel – and Germany – to solve the euro crisis through a decisive and comprehensive display of “solidarity” are intensifying by the day. As the yield on Spanish debt reached a new high of 7% early today (Thurs), heralding a new stage in the apparent crisis end-game, the […]

Lately I have been coming across the dubious pro-market account of breaking up the eurozone on the premise that it will lead to the creation of many currencies that will effectively compete with one another. The argument goes that since competition is always a factor of efficiency, then so must the competition of national fiat […]

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