“No second-class EU-citizens!”

Posted on 24. February 2014 by Miruna Troncota The debut of the year, when “good news” for Romania were publically wrapped up as  “bad news” for certain EU countries, was very puzzling for me. During the first week of 2014, there were two important events which took place one after the other and they finally triggered … Continue reading “No second-class EU-citizens!”

New year, no Schengen. Romania’s diplomatic defense and lack of policy response

Posted on 18. December 2013 by Doris Manu 1st of January 2014, the date when Romania and Bulgaria were supposed to enter the Schengen area, is just around the corner, yet the magic is not going to happen. We know it from Jose Manual Barroso, the president of the European Commission, who reassured the French about … Continue reading New year, no Schengen. Romania’s diplomatic defense and lack of policy response

The epilogue of the European ideal?

Posted on 25. September 2011 by Estefanía Almenta I belong to the Erasmus generation. I have had the opportunity to live and study abroad without the nightmare of getting visas and exchanging currencies. I have friends from all across Europe. I speak four European languages. I feel European rather than Spanish. Oblivious to the political battle, … Continue reading The epilogue of the European ideal?

Schengen: Why not only European, but also inter-institutional solidarity is needed

Posted on 24. September 2011 by Thomas Baumgartner The last weeks were not easy ones for the European Union: Besides a growing uncertainty about the Greek tragedy, it was mainly the Schengen discussion dominating the headlines. By the beginning of September it became clear, that it would be highly unlikely to reach a compromise regarding the … Continue reading Schengen: Why not only European, but also inter-institutional solidarity is needed