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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

Posted by Dániel Antal

Ten member states, including most of Central Europe has been in the European Union for four years. Some people start to make assessments. Café Bábel’s Krisztina Fogas claims in Happy fourth birthday to Central and Eastern Europe that “it has been four years since the European Union opened its door wide open and welcomed fifteen… » read more

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Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year. The pledge cannot be taken seriously until there is a viable transport route to ship this amount to the EU. EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ‘set aside’… » read more

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Serbia in NATO?

The Transitions Online laments on the Serbia’s possible NATO entry. In Central Europe, where European and Russian interest zones are intercepting, war has been fought a mere 13 years ago, military alliance and stability is as important as economic and political union is. Since all countries but Serbia have a policy to join EU and… » read more

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Income and happiness

According to a survey conducted by TÁRKI in the European Social Survey Bulgarians, Hungarians and Russians are the least happy with their lives among 19 European nations. It looks that income is very strongly related how happy Europeans feel. The upper map shows how happy people feel in general about their personal lives, while the… » read more

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The Force Of Nationalism

I think it is not a false oversimplification that the European Union is an antidote to European nationalism. Probably it has been so successful in preventing violent ethnic rivalry that some Europeans forgot what a strong force nationalism can be. It has just stopped the world’s strongest miliatary allience in implementing its enlargement strategy. Nationalism… » read more

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As far as I know we have the first candidate from a new member state: Bulgaria’s last Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, who also served as the country’s prime minister in 2001-2005, may bid to become the European Union’s President. Mr Saxe-Coburg has served his country briefly on the throne between 1943-1946. In 2001 seeing the agony… » read more

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Ever since the Septuagint it is well-known in Europe that laws are difficult to translate and are subject to many interpretations, especially if they do not have a divine source. The acquis communautaire has sometimes very strange, almost “heretic” adaptations in the Union. Let’s have a look at Bulgaria’s data retention law. According to the… » read more

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Three EU and NATO member neighbors of Serbia – Croatia(an ally and prospective member of both organizations) , Hungary and Bulgaria – have recognized Kosovo today. The number of states that have recognized the new European state has risen to 33. The move of the three neighbors brought exceptionally high tension in Serbia. Serbia has… » read more

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