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Dropping the ballast

European Union is not sailing the waves of multiple crises particularly well. It is still floating, but just barely, patching things up and dropping the ballast. Last year, when the existence of Eurozone was (again) in question, Greece was ritually sacrificed. It´s new government had to swallow a bitter – and largely counter-productive – medicine,… » read more

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In Central Europe, and Slovakia in particular, the current refugee crisis reveals an awful lot about the prevailing public mind-set and the nature of our political elites. Few of these revelations are in any way pleasing. Positions held, and openly articulated, by politicians like Prime Ministers Robert Fico (Slovakia) and Viktor Orban (Hungary) shocked many… » read more

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It has become fanciful to see the current stand-off between the Greek Syriza-led government, and the Eurozone / EU as through the “game of chicken” model: a non-cooperative game with exclusive interests. Whoever blinks first, loses everything; the winning strategy might be to show the determination to drive straight to the very (even bitter) end.… » read more

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One in eight Slovak citizens bothered to go to ballot box in the last EP elections. Turnout of 13.05 percent looks surprising even in the light of generally low citizens´ participation on the European politics. Do we really care so little about the future of Europe? After the third EP elections in my country, one… » read more

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At the end of this month, the European Commission will present its winter economic forecasts. We could expect that they will continue with its cautiously optimistic tone from the last autumn: “Eurozone is slowly stabilising, economic recovery is on the way, all we need is to continue the “sound economic and fiscal policies” and “necessary… » read more

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Mein Land

Full opening of labour markets for citizens from Romania and Bulgaria stirred again a discussion on merits of migration. That could have been expected – similar thing happened in 2004 and 2007 when CEE countries entered the EU, and around May 2011, when transitional arrangements on free movement of labour expired for 2004 entrants. However,… » read more

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Detest thy neighbour

Poles would do anything for a dime. Lithuanians are no better. They all keep together and rarely integrate. Romanians try to blend-in, but you let one of the in, and next month fifteen more would come. And Slovaks? You wouldn’t trust anybody with such name, whoever-the-hell it is. Most of them do not want to… » read more

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Discussions about the next EU multiannual budget, finally approved by the EP earlier this week, revolved around the available amounts, own resources and issues like flexibility and mid-term revision. But the agreement brings important changes also into some policy areas – last but not least the Cohesion policy, which takes one third of the overall… » read more

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European nationalists are uniting – however paradoxical that might seem, they are building a coalition to crush the “Brussels monster”. The alliance created by French National Front and Dutch Party for Freedom wants to grab powers back from Brussels to national capitals and is open to other parties with similar agenda – from British UKIP,… » read more

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Moral of Dzurinda´s story

„Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s chances of winning a June 12 general election rose on Monday when his main rival, center-right ex-premier Mikulas Dzurinda, pulled out over accusations of money laundering“, writes Reuters, and repeats Financial Times, EurActiv.com and couple of others. In fact that might not be the case. Not that Mr Fico would… » read more

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