Reuniting Europe

Several expressions exist about the geometry of Europe. Variable-geometry Europe, Europe of concentric circles, multi-speed Europe, core Europe and periphery… I’ll add one more – Europe of many COWs. It looks like the new formats in the European Union will be inter-governmental, and not of community nature. Those are the “coalitions of the willing”, or… » read more

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said it all. Asked yesterday what the disagreements at the summit on migration were, she said that nothing was agreed, and therefore there could be no disagreements. Indeed, absolutely nothing was agreed on how to respond to the migration crisis. The two-page long conclusions list the outsourcing of decision-making to the… » read more

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Loudly nobody dares say that. A silent majority of countries are extremely unhappy about the way the Commission has spearheaded the EU Turkey rapprochement. The role of First Vice President Frans Timmermans and of Juncker’s chief of cabinet Martin Selmayr is seen as heavy-handed and creating dangerous precedents. The Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker took… » read more

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Let’s be realistic, politically incorrect and a bit cynical. As we speak, Schengen is already dead. Faced with a biblical exodus from other continents to Europe, EU countries have installed border controls. The controls will last well over the 2 months allowed by the Schengen agreements. So long for Schengen, one of the EU pillars.… » read more

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The third corridor

Imagine a border crossing. There are three corridors. The first one is for travellers from Schengen countries. They are checked speedily, but the border guards need to make sure that their travel documents (id or passport) are indeed from one of those countries, and that these are not forged documents. Even among those passengers the… » read more

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Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva and Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian striker for AS Monaco, will be candidates for President and Vice President in the country’s elections due next year. The two most famous Bulgarians living abroad met on 27 March in Brussels to discuss the difficult political situation in their home country [see photo gallery].… » read more

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There are serious reasons to believe that Euronews, perceived by millions in the world as “the television of the European Union”, is becoming the voice of Moscow. Or the next Sputnik, the latest multi-lingual news service operated by the Russian government. First, Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian billionaire who has taken a 53% stake in Euronews,… » read more

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