The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
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Bulgaria has been longing to join the Eurozone and the Schengen free-travel zone ever since it acceded to the EU 11 years ago. By assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU this month, Sofia was supposed to be edging closer to that goal. But there was an embarrassing backdrop to the visit of EU dignitaries earlier this month that threatened to undermine Bulgaria’s hopes of entering the EU’s inner sanctum.
Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano's speech at the time of taking over the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe certainly marked a positive note: having put Ukraine on top of its priorities. But it could be the only one.
The great Brexit debate of 2016 lent the pulpit to countless critics of the EU, with the opacity surrounding the institution's lawmaking emerging as a major sore point both in Britain and beyond. To many, the EU remains a closed-door club of elitists tasked with shaping the legal, economic, and social landscape of an entire continent, with little to no accountability to the commonfolk.
Angela Merkel, Germany’s old new chancellor, last week kicked off coalition talks between her Christian Democrats (CDU), the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a “Jamaica” coalition government. The talks for such a constellation, already tested on the state level with rather mixed success, face a rocky road ahead.
Madrid is going ahead with the procedures to suspend Catalonia’s self-rule, but both sides seem to want to slow down the game. Political science scholar Joan Subirats explained us the context, and why a leverage for a breakthrough is in the hands of the Socialist Party
“Suspending” ”independence tells Madrid that that the ball is in its court. On the table lays a proposal for a dialogue that the Spanish government will not accept. However, taking fully over power and functions from the Catalan government appears now harder. Also the Socialists were put in an uneasy spot, while Podemos are satisfied
At 5 in the morning, the doors of the Drassanes School are still shut, but the peole keeping guard utside are already debating the referendum. Not everybody looks forward to a secession. The Mossos and later the ballot boxes arrive giving start to a long day full of harsh events that will change Catalonia and Spain.
Behind the political clash there are the numbers of a secession. Currency, debt — could a Catalan Republic succeed? The big banks are giving it no chance, but its vibrant industry might tell another story. Here's what citizens and businesses can expect if Catalonia votes "yes".