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A week before Croatia joined the EU 1st July 2014, its central bank governor, Boris Vujcic, expressed the desire to see his country become a euro-zone member as rapidly as possible. According to him this might be possible by 2017-18. At this juncture it appears absolutely premature to speculate on the entry of Croatia into… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Governance is about setting and implementing rules. It is based on reciprocal trust between governments and citizens. The more citizens share similar values and traditions the easier it is to govern. Big countries or those encompassing different cultures therefore resort to federal structures, which allow much of the rule setting to take place at regional… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The Lisbon Treaty contains an important provision for a leaner Executive. According to Article 17 the number of Commissioners will be reduced to two thirds of the number of Member States, as of 1st November 2014, i.e. to 18 instead of 28, unless the European Council unanimously decides otherwise. That is what the European Council… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The 1964 Association Agreement between the “European Economic Community” (EEC) and Turkey provided for the establishment of far-reaching economic cooperation, from a customs union to free movement of labour; in the preamble it also contained a reference to possible membership of what was at that time a union of modest ambitions and achievements. The almost… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Between 1995 and 2007 the EU has almost doubled its membership, from 15 to 27 members, accepting more new member states than ever before within a very short time span. This rapid expansion has not been preceded by the necessary strengthening of its institutional functioning, in particular its decision making capacity. Since 2004, the EU… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein