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Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep
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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, delivered his third “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament on September 13th. This is an opportunity for the Commission’s President to take inventory of the past year’s accomplishments and outline the policy agenda for the year ahead. With the Eurozone finally bouncing back, and […]

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The ‘Berlin Promise’ – Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans

The ‘Berlin Promise’ - Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans
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Today, six countries in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – are waiting in the wings to join the European Union. They have implemented policies that aim to narrow the development disparities with the EU and to adopt the acquis communautaire. However, according to the IMF, “the process […]

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Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget

Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget
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On the 12th of June, European news website POLITICO revealed the European Parliament President Tajani’s proposals to reshape radically the EU budget, slimming down the funds devoted to farmers, its prime beneficiaries. The aim would be to refocus Europe’s spending toward three priority areas for European citizens: security, immigration and (youth) unemployment. The plan, which […]

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