Reuniting Europe

I consulted with George Friedman before publishing the story US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania, which I wrote together with Joel Schalit. He warned me to be careful with our sources, because nukes are obviously sensitive for the US, “and whoever talks doesn’t know and those who do know wouldn’t talk”. I kept… » read more

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Hotel California

In the most famous song of The Eagles, “Hotel California”, Don Henley sings “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”. This is not a song about the EU, but it could be. I don’t believe the UK will leave the EU. With the Brexit referendum, they have just checked out… » read more

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Dark clouds over Euronews

Following a raid at the Vienna house of Ukrainian oligarch Dmitro Firtash yesterday, and s few other episodes, the future of the Ukrainian service appears uncertain. Firtash bought the Ukrainian service last year. Firtash was arrested in March 2014 in Austria under US charges, then was released after being ordered to pay the bail of… » read more

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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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Posted by Georgi Gotev