Is The United Kingdom essential to the existence of the European Union?

There are only two ways in which the European experiment could end

Is The United Kingdom essential to the existence of the European Union?

Since before the Brexit referendum the issue of a possible dismantling of the European Union was repeatedly raised, especially in the foreign press, in the event that the United Kingdom voted “YES”. It’s an apocalyptic scenario that has a basis in the fact that in some EU Member States, euro-skeptic groups with varying degrees of […]

Moldavia’s EU Road, the New National Project for Romania

Moldavia’s EU Road, the New National Project for Romania

As a young Romanian child raised and educated between the end of the 90’s and the start of the new millennium, my parents and my school teachers were always telling me and my colleagues that the reunification of Romania and Bessarabia (Republic of Moldova’s original name) is just a question of time and patience. But […]

Gagauzia – The “small rock” that blocks the European development of Moldova

Gagauzia – The “small rock” that blocks the European development of Moldova

Before we discuss about the referendum that took place in Gagauzia on the 2nd of February 2014, we need a better understanding of the global context in which this event took place. If The Republic of Moldova hadn’t taken the road toward The European Union, we wouldn’t have talked about this event, simply because it […]

France, geography and geopolitics

France, geography and geopolitics

Geographically France is a blessed country, factor which partially explains its crucial role in Europe’s history since the founding of the Frankish Kingdom in the Early Middle Ages. It has few to no geographic barriers, characteristic which – with perhaps the exception of Brittany in the north-west – facilitated social cohesion and the realization of […]

An optimal economic development vision for Romania must have people at its core

An optimal economic development vision for Romania must have people at its core

Recently, the World Bank has carried out a series of studies focusing on Romania’s sustainable and inclusive regional development. These analyses were completed within the framework of a technical assistance project for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration. One of these studies focuses on the drivers of economic growth and, specifically, on what […]

Power Struggles inside the EU: Expenditure Policy

Power Struggles inside the EU: Expenditure Policy

For the common people of Europe, the EU budget appears to be full of negative connotations. It is a threatening concept because it indirectly implies a possible loss of sovereignty, fiscal independence and eventually identity of the Member States. This negative perception is the result of the EU not being in the spotlight of domestic […]

Common Security and Defence Policy. Actions and perspectives

Common Security and Defence Policy.  Actions and perspectives

Ever since the creation of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in 1999, security at the global level was critically challenged and the European security mechanism seemed unable to adapt to this situation. In this context, the improvement of the European security system became a priority for the member states. Short history             As […]

Separatism in Europe – Belgium

Separatism in Europe – Belgium

Belgium is one of the most developed western European countries, which has played and still plays an important role in the evolution of the European Union. It was one of the founding members of the EU and its capital, Brussels, hosts the headquarters of EU and NATO institutions. It may seem curious that in this very […]