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What Makes Switzerland’s Relationship to the EU Unthinkable?

Let’s talk money today… I’ve started my morning coffee with Clive Crook’s article on Bloomberg who predicts that UK’s exit from the EU might happen sooner than expected unless the Union finds a solution to the gripping Eurozone crisis fathoming … Continue reading

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World Bank: Romania Is a Poverty Leader in the EU

Romania has joined the EU in 2007 along with Bulgaria. No one said that we were quite ready to do that, that is why we still have convergence programs in which we continuously adapt to EU norms. Jim Yonk Kim, … Continue reading

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Europe Day / 9 May: Freedom of Movement

Europe Day (9 May) celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘, says the EU web portal.   To me, Europe Day is less about political projects and more about freedom of … Continue reading

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Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of the South vs. Decay of Europe

Credit: Human Development Report 2013 – The rise of the South from UNDP in Europe and CIS With Europe sinking deep into a bitter financial and economic crisis that up to now can’t foresee viable routes for immediate recovery, it’s … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name? Laura Codruta Kovesi, Future Head of the Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate

Back in January 2013, the European Commission had released the latest progress report on justice affairs and fight against corruption regarding Romania within the framework of the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification that is currently enforced. The MCV progress report … Continue reading

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Corn Whiskey: How Would You Like Your Aflatoxin Fix?

With the horsemeat burgers still steaming hot in European home barbecues and the aflatoxin milk scare that pressed Danone Romania in recalling its products from shelves some days ago, Romania is a hit these days in food security transparency. Romanian … Continue reading

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MCV Justice Report on Romania: Is the EU Searching For A Constitution?

If you thought the Hungarian Constitution was hot from the oven of European discontent, then think again. While Romania is all entangled in her own draft Constitution debates and really annoyed by the last MCV Progress report, the EU might … Continue reading

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MCV Report Not Enough. EU Democracy and Rule of Law Need Further Compliance

Last Friday, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark expressed their concerns in a letter adddressed to the European Commission over the need for further rule of law compliance inside the EU-27. Specifically, this letter follows the EU’s Justice and Home … Continue reading

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Schengen: Definitely No Access for Romania, Says Germany

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich: The EU has long been evaluating whether or not Romania and Bulgaria are ready for acceptance in the Schengen Area. The last annual report showed progress, but it’s not enough. Bulgaria and Romania still have … Continue reading

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Elite Immigration in Germany. Romania Should Fear German Veto for Schengen

The Eurolines bus from Romania was waiting to cross the Austrian border one sunny day in autumn 2003. Some of us were Erasmus students heading for university studies or research in France, but the rest of the people were workers … Continue reading

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