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The V4+ Energy Summit held in Budapest on 24-26 February ended in a joint declaration signed by the V4 plus Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the perspective member state Croatia (along with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina). If these countries show such unity as they had in the March 2009 economic crisis summit, it can put a great empire back on the power equation of Europe. The former Habsburg Empire had stretched over (most of the current territories) of these countries. The combined voting or market power of this 8 + 1 member states could hardly be excluded from any EU deal – theoretically. What political and economic forces can help and undermine this new regional block within the EU?

Posted by Dániel Antal

The European blogging competition organized by the European Journalism Center (and co-funded by the Eurropean Commission) has ended. The overall winner is Etan Smallman, followed by Frank Schnittger and a great Bulgarian blogger, Hristo Hrisotv, who covers some regional issues similar to this blog. Best from the regions: Radovana Jágriková.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Andrei Tuch says that although voter apathy in the European elections is not a bug but a feature, it is still useful to try to persuade voters to participate and your vote truly counts. I share his views, even if reports from the member states do not seem to underpin our feelings.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Today’s summit was a sign of the lacking leadership and vision in the EU. When the crisis will be over, Merkel and Sarkozy will be the leaders of the past, and the EU will look fundamentally different from today. The rift between the East and the West has become manifest. The Eastern member states have de facto formed a group within the Union and none of their demands were met by the majority.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Bears In The EU

The Belgraded reporst a case where animal rights activists have smuggled four bears from Serbia to Bulgaria, claiming that the EU gives more rights to animals. A Serbian paper commented with a bit of politically incorrect sarcasm that the actitivist have taken away jobs from Roma bear-dancers.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Entropa

The Czech Presidency has come up with a great idea to install a huge public artwork to the entrance of the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels. Probably this has been the most debated European project in these days. I really believe in this kind of public discourse, having tried to start discourse on unresolved issues… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

After the IMF has formally accepted huge loan requests from Hungary and Ukraine (and also Iceland on the other periphery of the European economic area), Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Serbia are in the waiting line – not to forget our almost forgotten EU-applicant Turkey, too. I think the French presidency should send out another… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal