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I believe that current euro-crisis sparked by Greece, and partly accelerated by the electioneering in tiny Slovakia shows that in fact we have a European shadow government, and it would need a great amount of sunbeam to become transparent. I think that on the 2010 Europe day it should be clearer than ever that we need a federal government in Europe. But we should not stay in a state of denial forever: the EU has been created, it has its own life, and it needs a permanent government instead of jetting together national politicians every other day. I still believe that a house divided again itself cannot stand.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Greece has seen similar protests during December 2008 that we had seen in Budapest during 2006. The growing resentment with a corrupt government has caused such a tension that could spark violence. In contrast with Hungary, Greece has an established far-left minority that tried to surf on the waves of discontent. Rioters and demonstrators The… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Macedonia is a country recognized by 120 members of the United Nations and an applicant to EU and NATO. Another EU-member has been wrecking the enlargement strategy by a naming game, refusing the accept the name of the country. A few months ago I not only found the obstruction of Greece shameful and tinted by… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

A Fistful of Euros has an excellent round-up to the Second Balkans war. This is the dispute that poisons relationships between Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. David Muir draws an analogy between the case of Macedonia and the Georgian-Russian war. I had made a less weaker link between this events before, and even if the analogy… » read more

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The Foreign Policy blog, Passport has an excellent round-up on the early elections in Macedonia. The newly established state that became sovereign after the break-up of Yugoslavia is struggling to build up a national identity that encompasses its ethnic groups. Most of Macedonia’s neighbors have a hidden territorial claim over the new state. Although Macedonia… » read more

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I find it very alarming that some people think that the Kosovo criss could be frozen like the division of Cyprus and postponed for later decades or generations. Just look at the per head gross income in Greece, Turkey, and the divided Cyprus: Greece: $30,500 Turkey: $9,400 Cyprus: $27,100 Northern-Cyprus: $7,135 Although the division of… » read more

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The 17-year-long dispute between Macedonia and Greece, in which Greece has challenged its new sovereign neighbor over its name, has intensified seven days before the next NATO summit. Macedonia will be invited into the alliance if Greece will not veto the decision. What makes this dispute really damaging is that one party involved is an… » read more

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