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During the last days of 2008 Montenegro has submitted a formal application to join the European Union. Montenegro has gained independence in 2006 and signed a pre-accession Stabilisation and Accession Agreement with the EU in October 2007. It’s economy is doing remarkably good although it is highly dependent on Russian investors. EU enlargement commissioner Olli… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Iceland may join the EU as a result of the world financial crisis. However, the member of the European Economic Area and NATO had to turn to Russia for an emergency loan. The EU is as much challenged in the West as in the East from Russia. Iceland is one of the world’s most competitive… » read more

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Remember Fiat’s €700-million bet on Serbia’s economic integration? In a poll for investors, recently conducted by the German Chamber of Commerce, Serbia came on top as an investment destination in South-Eastern Europe. Serbia ranked first topping all other countries of South-Eastern Europe – stated Marcus Zenetti, Head of the German Chamber of Commerce Delegation to… » read more

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Ukraine and the EU

The debate on Ukraine’s possible EU and NATO entry has not really begun. It is high time. The signandsight.com has devoted some coverage to the issue with the discussion of Richard Wagner’s provocative Why Ukraine has no place in the EU. Against Martin Pollack’s criticism I think Wagner’s main is the lack of substantive European… » read more

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The Foreign Policy Passport blog has an excellent review on the lengthy United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on the changing nature of criminal activities in the Balkans. These countries that are struggling with an economic transition at the same time with a post-war trauma have lower violent crime rates than Western Europe… » read more

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The Economist Intelligence Unit has compiled a ranking of the peacefulness of countries, measuring both domestic and international violence. The results are very favorable for the EU. How do you interpret this? First of all, the European Union was designed to create stable peace in a continent that had gone through the worst wars of… » read more

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The Central European Initiative is a loose co-operation of 18 states in the region. Given the heterogenity of the group, its summit are never spectacular, and guest lists and the not present members are almost as interesting as the statements. The 15th summit had an important guest: Abdullah Gül, the president of Turkey. The Initative… » read more

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