The Challenges of the Refugee Crisis from an European and National Perspective

On April 8th 2016 I had the opportunity to take part as a speaker to one of the most interesting debates (Provocările crizei refugiaților din perspectivă europeană și națională) organised by the European Parliament – Information Office in Romania and the prestigious NGO ProDemocratia. The debate focused on the European and Romanian perspective on the ...

Romania: Country Recommendations 2016

Romania: Country Recommendations 2016
  In February 2016, the Commission published the country report for Romania, analysing its economic and social policies. The country report include in-depth reviews examining the existence and nature of possible macroeconomic imbalances. On May 18th 2016,  based on the analysis presented in the country report and the dialogue held with Member State, the European Commission published ...

Schengen at Risk: Can We Keep the Freedom of Movement?

Schengen at Risk: Can We Keep the Freedom of Movement?
On May 13rd 2016 I had to opportunity to take part as a speaker to the international conference Schengen at Risk: Can We Keep the Freedom of Movement? in Bratislava, Slovakia. With the European Union facing the unprecedented crisis of human beings – migrants and refugees – reaching its borders via the Mediterranean and the Aegean ...

The European Union in the Fog – Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union

The European Union in the Fog - Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union
During 2015 – 2016 I had the pleasure to take part to the European project Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union and to be one of 28 contributors to its final publication, by presenting the Romanian perspective. The final publication of the ‘Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union’ project called ...

The fight against Euroscepticism and extremism/radicalisation, and the consolidation of trust in European values

The fight against Euroscepticism and extremism/radicalisation, and the consolidation of trust in European values
On April 4th 2016 I had the pleasure to moderate the debate on the fight against Euroscepticism organized by the European Institute of Romania. The event was attended by representatives of the central public authorities, academic milieu, experts and analysts in European affairs. The discussions started from the results of the research performed for the ...

Our (new) Brussels normal?

Our (new) Brussels normal?
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. Matthew 6:34 On March 22nd  2016 I was supposed to take part as a speaker to the international conference  The EU and member states: sharing the same political orbit? meant to present the results of a ...

The Black Sea Games: The Treaty of Paris (1856)

The Black Sea Games: The Treaty of Paris (1856)
The Treaty of Paris of 1856 settled the Crimean War between Russia and an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, Second French Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The treaty, signed on 30 March 1856 at the Congress of Paris, made the Black Sea neutral territory, closing it to all warships, and prohibiting ...

Romania’s Stance in the Issue of the Refugees Crisis. Preliminary Observations. (revised edition)

Romania’s Stance in the Issue of the Refugees Crisis. Preliminary Observations. (revised edition)
The refugee crisis acted for all the Member States, and the European Union as such, as an indicator of the structural stress the European construction can endure. We have seen in the same both the worst and the best of European ideals put into practice. This crisis had also a similar effect on the Romanian ...

2016: Political priorities in Romania, Policy priorities in Moldova (I)

2016: Political priorities in Romania, Policy priorities in Moldova (I)
On February 9th I had the intellectual privilege to take part to the launch of the Expert Forum (EFOR) ANNUAL REPORT 2016: Political priorities in Romania, Policy priorities in Moldova. It had a timely appearance given the domestic political context in both of our countries. Subsequently I shall briefly present the main ideas of the report, a ...

Aspen Energy Lab Launch

Aspen Energy Lab Launch
“If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy. ” ― Alvin Toffler On February 5th 2016 I had the opportunity to take part at the inaugural conference of the Aspen Energy Lab, a program developed by Aspen Institute Romania and Energy Policy Group. The intention, according to the organizers, is to create ...