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The EU Fiscal Stability Treaty: Summary and Analysis NEW
European Union Law 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
 UPDATE: the approved text of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union is available here.  The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union is expected to be disc...
Happy Holidays! NEW
European Union Law 2 Years, 10 Months, 5 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Dear friends, I wish you happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!
What’s Behind the New Eurozone Fiscal Stability Union? NEW
European Union Law 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
This European Council meeting was quite tumultuous, it appears. But we do have an outcome – a “fiscal stability union”. Below I present a preliminary critical assessment of the proposal, as well as a comment on the toxic role of …...
How to Save the Eurozone in Few Easy Steps NEW
European Union Law 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
The eurozone is in grave danger, and something must be done, fast. This is the message I get from various corners of the EU commentariat. Economists are particularly pessimistic. But the immediacy of the crisis is something relative – I’ve …...
Of Eurozone Mice and Eurozone Men NEW
European Union Law 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
This week was tumultuous for the eurozone, in a string of equally tumultuous weeks that preceded it. The Greek Prime Minister proposed a referendum for the new bailout package for Greece, was promptly scolded by his fellow eurozone leaders at …...
Proposals for the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
The Commission has published its proposals which will frame cohesion policy for 2014-2020. The first part of the proposal sets out common rules governing the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the Europea...
Proposal for a European Financial Transactions Tax NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Minutes ago
Here it is at last: the debated proposal for a Directive on a common system of financial transaction tax. This type of tax was initially proposed by the economist James Tobin. The idea is to tax a great number of … Continue reading →...
Very Good Proposal on Schengen NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 1 Month, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The Commission has put forward a proposal for improving the institutional framework of the Schengen area. First, the Commission proposes a strengthening of the Schengen evaluation mechanism. Announced and unannounced monitoring visits to a given Memb...
Dear Germany, You Are Deciding the Future of Europe NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Dear Germany, The last two decades were very good for you. You were able to unify your divided territory and your people. You had your fair deal of growth and expansion of trade. You began to “normalize”, as experts say. … Continue reading...
Dissecting the New Franco-German Proposal for the Eurozone NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The German chancellor Merkel and the French president Sarkozy met yesterday and produced this document outlining their new proposal for the reform of the eurozone economic governance. The main points are: Regular meetings of the eurozone heads of sta...
Commission Proposes Increase of EU Funds Co-Financing for Six Countires NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The European Commission has proposed to increase the co-financing rates for the EU funds for six EU countries that have been affected by the crisis. Under the proposal, six countries would be asked to contribute less to projects that they … Con...
The Ghost of Hatred is Roaming in Europe NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 3 Months, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Yesterday a terrible crime was committed in Norway, leaving more than 90 people dead. A lone terrorist was able firs to explode a bomb in the centre of Oslo and then to shoot at least 80 people, many of whom … Continue reading →...
The Second Greek Bailout: the Details NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The leaders of the eurozone have approved the second bailout of Greece that is supposed to finally overcome the debt crisis in this country. The total official financing will amount to an estimated 109 billion euro. The European Financial Stability &...
2011 Reports for Bulgaria and Romania under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 3 Months, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The European Commission has published its fifth progress reports for Bulgaria and Romania under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) for 2011. The reports monitor the progress of the two Member States on progress with judicial reform, the...
Book Review: The 50 Days that Changed Europe NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
The contemporary European history is often overlooked by many. It sounds so intuitive, so well-known and even a little bit boring. But the devil is in the details, and not knowing our past can hinder our future. This is where … Continue reading...
Commission Proposal for the New Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
The Commission has put forward its proposal for the new Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union for the period 2014-2020. The Multiannual Financial Framework is the main budgeting document of the EU for the seven-year period, and little...
Democracy Is Not the Fundamental Problem of the Eurozone NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 4 Months, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
There has been a lot of discussion recently about the alleged undemocratic character of the austerity programs and bailout agreements for peripheral eurozone Member States. This is not the fundamental problem of the eurozone. Trade imbalances are not...
Corrupted Politicians, Beware! EU is Watching You! NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The Commission has proposed a set of measures to address the harm that corruption causes to European societies. The Commission is setting up a new mechanism, the EU Anti-Corruption Report, to monitor and assess Member States’ efforts against co...
The Old New Idea for a Political Union – Misunderstood? NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The Greek financial crisis now threatens the whole eurozone. It appears that without substantial debt restructuring Greece is likely to default, and would have to leave the eurozone. This could lead, however, to substantial collateral damage and unin...
Proposal for Reforming EU Trade Preferences NEW
European Union Law 3 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The Commission has put forward an important proposal for the reformation of the so-called Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) which grants specific tariff preferences to developing countries in the form of reduced or zero tariff rates or quotas.