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Is Russian energy monopoly behind Bulgaria’s government crisis?

By Ognyan Minchev, non-resident fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Balkan Trust for Democracy | The clash between the Russian oligarchic model of economic and political control and a Western-style democratic system produces structural instability in the Eastern part of Europe, which may prove a strategic challenge for the EU.


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The austerity Apostle’s conversion

MADRID | Something is moving in the EU. Those who up to now advocated doses of further austerity to cure Euro zone ailments, start faltering at the huge damage inflicted on the economy.



Eurogroup

The unbelievable creditless recovery

Five years into the most global financial crisis, with continued economic recession and growing unemployment, should the Eurogroup consider a change of course in its meeting today?


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Banker bonuses’ regulatory puzzle

By European Parliament Library | Bankers’ bonuses have been under debate with the review of the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV), meant to regulate the remuneration, but the European Parliament has sought to introduce a fixed cap.




Italian elections

Italians vote: vaffanc*lo!

By Marcus Nunes, economist and author | If you followed the results of the Italian general election, you would probably be wondering: what will happen to the “growing investor confidence” the European Commission was talking about?


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Monetary policy of the future

BARCELONA | By CaixaBank research | Compared with its pre-crisis size, the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve in the US has tripled while the European Central Bank’s has only doubled.


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The forging of a UK-Nordic-Baltic bloc

By James Kilcourse, researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs | Has the UK successfully forged an alliance with other “awkward partners” of Brussels? If the situation in the EU’s southern periphery deteriorates further, the ideas that emerge from the annual Northern Future Forum may become ever more influential.