Gibraltar and Schengen… German elections… Czech elections… British police… Eurosphere roundup….

If Gibraltar wants to solve its border headache with Spain, it should join Schengen So the Spain-Gibraltar border dispute rumbles on. Queues at the land border to enter Gibraltar persist, and suggestions abound that Spain may introduce a charge to cross from Gibraltar into Spain. Meanwhile Tory MEP for the South West & Gibraltar, Ashley … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Portugal and Slovenia are the prime candidates for the next in the eurozone crisis…

Who?s next in line in the eurozone crisis? Portugal and Slovenia are the prime candidates by Open Europe blog team In anticipation of tomorrow’s eurozone finance ministers meeting (which will discuss finalising the Cypriot bailout and potentially extending the bailout loans given to Portugal and Ireland) Open Europe has published a new briefing looking at … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Dutch elections, Barroso’s State of the European Union Speech, EU unveils plans for banking union…

Cheap ECB cash could prove to be the worst form of bailout by Open Europe blog team Over on Telegraph blogs, we argue: Stemming the crisis through cheap central bank money sounds so easy. The logic goes: Italy and Spain have economic problems which cause markets to push up their borrowing costs, which now have … Read more

Part 2 in Erkan?s adventures to go to Finland. Day 1.

… the ordeal began with the fact all State institutions in this summer seem to be under construction. In order to renew your passport, you need to go to Police Station but the one which is in the neighbourhood which is in walking distance is under repairs, so you need to drive to the new … Read more

Erkan’s adventures to go to Finland. Day 1. – IFLA 2012 Helsinki event…

First of all, you need a passport. But the glorious Turkish State has some difficulties to issue new passports. Because of the Armenian Genocide Bill issue in France, Turkish leaders seemed to have acted for the least damaging manner and canceled the agreement with the French company that produces new passports. Of course the pseudo-Sultan … Read more

A Eurosphere roundup. More eurozone distress… Schengen wars…

Schengen Wars 2 from The European Citizen by Eurocentric Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen aspirations are being put on hold again, with the Netherlands and Finland opposing the phased introduction of the two countries into the border-free zone due to concerns over their levels of corruption. Before the vote, Romania blocked tulips from being imported across … Read more

Euro roundup: Stress test passed, most Europeans banks are ok.

MAIN FOCUS: No stress for Europe's banks | 18/07/2011 from euro|topics Only eight out of ninety banks failed the bank stress test, the European Banking Authority announced in London on Friday. But the press says the test ignored the risk of a state going bankrupt and will therefore hardly calm Europe's financial markets. Why Europe … Read more

Massive Euro roundup: Mladic arrested, deepening Eurozone crisis, Spanish riots, Grek worries…

WLCentral will be providing news coverage from Spain on the ongoing #spanishrevolution trough this liveblog. Contact us at @wikileaks_world or to help us with footage, information and provides information in English about the 15M movement. An updated agenda of related protests around the world can be found here. Serbia: Arrest of Ratko Mladic … Read more

Islam in Europe: “Europe?s Most Acute Civilizational Crisis Since WWII” and a Euro roundup…

  Europe?s Most Acute Civilizational Crisis Since WWII by Reflection Cafe How Muslims Have Been Taken Hostage by Europe?s Most Acute Civilizational Crisis Since WWII Raphaël Liogier, Harvard International Review- Jan 2011 Raphaël Liogier is the director of the Observatoire du religieux ( and a University Professor in Sociology and Theory of Knowledge at the … Read more

Euro roundup: Hungarian Media Law comes with anxieties

Hungarian Media Law Translated from Stephen Spillane by Stephen The National Media and Infocommunications Authority Hungary (Nmhh) have published the Act on Media Services and Mass Media on their website in PDF format. Hungarian media law and EU Council presidency: Evolving European opinion by Grahnlaw A measure of European public opinion is already reflected on … Read more

Euro roundup: Open Europe’s 2011 brief, EU and Switzerland, Hungarian media law…

The EU in 2011 from Open Europe blog by Open Europe blog team For those of you who can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for European politics, Open Europe has published a briefing looking at the issues facing the EU – and most importantly the eurozone – next year. Read it here. Nationalism: the European bogey-man? … Read more

Europe paralyzed with snow, Istanbul having a spring day. A Euro roundup

What next for the UK’s student movement?, Guy Aitchison from open Democracy News Analysis – by Guy Aitchison The volcanic eruption of student anger and militancy in Britain over the last few months has blown the political space wide open, making a broad-based movement against austerity thinkable where previously there was only rumbling discontent. It … Read more

“EU harmonises Schengen visa rules; “UK on the election process and more…

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EU harmonises Schengen visa rules

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A new visa code takes effect in most EU nations, speeding up visa procedures for travellers to Europe.

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Mavi Boncuk: EU and "ahde vefa" [pacta sunt servanda]

EU and “ahde vefa”

The recommendation adopted by the European Commission on July 15 2009 allows the citizens of Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia with biometric passports to enter the Schengen area visa-free from January 2010
Mavi Boncuk |

Pacta sunt servanda L./Ahde vefa TR /agreements must be kept ENG., is a basic principle of civil law and of international law.

( EU must explain this part to Turkey)

In its most common sense, the principle refers to private contracts, stressing that contained clauses are law between the parties, and implies that non-fulfilment of respective obligations is a breach of the pact. The general principle of correct behaviour in commercial praxis ? and implies the bona fide ? is a requirement for the efficacy of the whole system, so the eventual disorder is sometimes punished by the law of some systems even without any direct penalty incurred by any of the parties.

EU Places Early Member Candidates at Head of Line, Snubbing Turkey

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

The EU lifted visa restrictions Saturday for citizens from Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, even though these are in the early stages of the EU membership process, while not extending this Schengen privilege to Turkey, which began accession talks in 2005 and has opened 11 out of 35 chapters in its membership negotiations. Turkey protested and has asked to be included in the Schengen regime, pointing out that, of the Balkan states affected, only Macedonia has attained the status of EU candidate. Serbia has yet to submit a formal application and its entry has been stalled due to its failure to arrest ex-Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic, who has been charged with war crimes in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.

Trust in EU drops in Turkey: Survey [ WORLD BULLETIN- TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS ]

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