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Britain Outside Europe? The Bulgarian View

Sofia fears second class membership

23/04/2014 | by Antoinette Primatarova | United Kingdom, European Union

A Brexit isn’t considered a realistic scenario in Bulgaria. Britain’s cherished opt-outs from Schengen, the Eurozone, some Justice and Home Affairs matters, its budgetary rebate, and an appetite for more, are in stark contrast with Bulgaria’s fears for any changes to the functioning of the EU that might not only delay Bulgaria’s prospects of becoming part of Schengen and the Eurozone, but also consolidate a multi-speed Europe that increases the chances of poor countries not catching up.

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Britain Outside Europe? The Romanian View

The free movement debate touches a raw nerve

23/04/2014 | by Agnes Nicolescu | United Kingdom, European Union

It has not gone unnoticed in Romania that the UK has turned from an outspoken supporter of EU enlargement in the 1990s into a more inward looking actor. While Bucharest may understand London’s irk and arguments about the size of its contribution to the EU budget, Romanians find it difficult to see it question the right of free movement of EU citizens in the Single Market. This poisonous debate could undermine bilateral relations and the credibility and potential of the UK’s wider EU reform agenda.

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Are Ukrainians Europeans?
Are Ukrainians Europeans?

Ukrainian desire to be European tragically matured at the wrong time

23/04/2014 | by Elizabeth Pond | Ukraine, Internal Conflicts

Protests pressing the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to drop the country’s fealty to Moscow and sign an association agreement with the European Union instead sparked the present crisis. With Russia now threatening to invade Eastern and Southern Ukraine as well, perhaps the obverse question is even more relevant: Does the West think of Ukraine as European?

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Doha Still the Silver Bullet
Doha Still the Silver Bullet

WTO's Bali agreement important development toward resolution

14/04/2014 | by Claudia Schmucker | Worldwide, Trade

Finally a step in the right direction: in WTO negotiations on Bali at the end of 2013, it was finally possible to agree on a package including trade facilitation, select agricultural policies, and developmental agreements. Will such progress save the Doha Round from collapse?

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Outgunned and Alone
Outgunned and Alone

If Russia attacks openly, Ukraine’s military will be no match for Putin’s forces

14/04/2014 | by Elizabeth Pond | Ukraine, War/Warfare

With the situation in Donetsk and elsewhere escalating and “pro-Russian demonstrators” occupying police stations and administrative buildings, the government in Kiev is sending troops eastward for the first time. Its opponents – and not only those kept battle-ready beyond the border in Russia – are far better equipped. Even the capital would be within their reach.

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Merkel’s Shaky Europe
Merkel’s Shaky Europe

The Ukraine crisis points out the continent's weaknesses – made in Germany

03/04/2014 | by Steven Hill | Europe, Financial Crisis

Until now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has weathered the euro crisis well enough. But the Russian annexation of Crimea illustrates the fragile state in which the old continent still finds itself. This is largely the result of Merkel’s lack of vision when it comes to European policies – and her new SPD coalition partners are unlikely to change this.

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Germany and Europe: The Road Ahead
Germany and Europe: The Road Ahead

Two Models for German EU Policy: a SWP/GMF view

28/03/2014 Germany, European Union

The story of European integration has begun a new chapter. In order to preserve the Union, essential changes are at hand – from reforming Europe’s architecture to better withstand future crises, to budget consolidation and structural reforms, ensuring European integration does not overburden the states or their citizens. Such deeper integration must be accompanied by a deepening of democracy. In this, and especially the stabilization of the euro area, Germany will play a pivotal role.

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