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The European Union - between the phenomenon of fragmentation and the strengthening of new forms of sub-regionalism

Author: Duško Lopandić, PhD

 

Subregional cooperation between EU member states is one of the elements of regionalism, as a wider phenomenon and trend in international relations. It represents some kind of addition or complement to the European integration process and as such, it will represent a process that will be developed in the coming decades. Is it just a matter of normal cooperation of direct neighbors, or is this phenomenon a hint of a deeper fragmentation of EU space, linked to the weakening of the process of overall European political and economic integration, or with the announcements of building a "Europe of concentric circles"?

Greek Crisis or the Burden of the New Atlas

 

Author: Ognjen Milićević

 

In the midst of new talks between the Greek government and its international creditors the predicament of the Greek people seems far from the minds of those sitting at the table. While the sustainability of Greek debt is once again brought into question the only path forwards appears a compromise between the SYRIZA government, the IMF and EU creditors that would entail them accepting policies that they currently perceive as unfavourable. As the resilience of the Greek people fades in light of years of austerity, a solution becomes ever more necessary to prevent the country from falling into a permanent state of political and economic decay. 

Election in France and the EU Destiny - Until the Last Breath

Author: Tara Tepavac

 

Amidst the discussions that have been following the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the French election represents, perhaps a key, moment that will show whether the EU is headed in the direction of renewal, strengthening or towards gradual disintegration. The election results have shown to be uncertain until the end; the electorate has a broad choice between the right, the left and the center as well as between the liberal defenders of the EU, radical eurosceptics, but also advocates of a complete revision of the European project. The question remains whether the two-round election system, conceived to block extremes in situations such as this one, will prove efficient this time: will the French even in the age of post-truth first vote with their hearts, and in the second round with their heads?

 

BREXIT, a struggle on three fronts

Author: Vladimir Međak

 

The United Kingdom is the first state that will leave the European Union. Bearing in mind that nothing like this has happened before, the entire process is veiled in the unknown, both for the UK and the EU. The result of the exit process will determine mutual relations, while the exit of the UK from the EU, will in itself, markedly influence the future outlook of the EU, and thus the outlook of the continent in the ensuing decades, whereby the EU holds a better negotiating position.

Six Decades from the Treaty of Rome: The Light and the Shadows

Authors: Duško Lopandic & Ivan Knežević

 

The development of European integration, as the first venture towards a united continent, represent a unique case in history. By implementing novel solutions in inter-state relations, the EU has achieved great results and through decades has secured peace, stability and prosperity to a great part of Europe. The anniversary of the Treaty of Rome will be marked in the midst of a complex multi-crisis and the expectation of the commencement of negotiations with the United Kingdom for its exit from the European Union. Faced with a spectrum of different future development scenarios, it can be expected that the EU will come to represent a more flexible integration that would run at “different speeds” or have multiple concentric circles. 

No EU Future Without Enlargement

Author: Maja Bobić

 

On 1 March 2017, European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker presented the White Paper on the Future of Europe to the members of the Commission and the European Parliament (EP), as well as the European public at large. This document is aimed at helping the 27 EU Member States take major decisions on the direction the EU will take and its development after the United Kingdom leaves it and in the increasingly complex global framework. It is already clear that the options proposed in the White Paper lack serious vision. Notably, the absence of enlargement in considerations of EU future indicates lack of vision, as well as the Commission’s increasingly frequent “forgetfulness” when it comes to this policy. 



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