Monthly Archives: June 2013
While Germany, the Netherlands and other countries seem close to stalling the accession process of Turkey once again due to the doubtful rule of law in the country, it might be interesting to think about how EU Member States themselves observe the Copenhagen criteria. In recent years, there have been doubts about developments in Hungary and Romania, to name a few, but there are also some less visible issues than freedom of press, or high-level power struggles, which can have severe consequences.
Recent face to face talks have brought together Hashim Thaçi and Ivica Dačić, the prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia respectively. Kosovo-Serbia talks began in October 2012 and were able to make huge progress by reaching a 15-point treaty on how to normalize relations by April 19, 2013. Furthermore, still today, both nation-states are striving to join […]
Bristol did it! Last Friday, it was announced the winner of the European Green Capital title. In 2015, the capital of South West England will represent the ambitions of Europe in the campaign to make cities greener and more comfortable to live in. But are these ambitions realistic in these financially turbulent times? These days, […]