Sofia ought to propose policies on the Western Balkans to be introduced to the EU agenda
Georgi Markov
Starting 1 January 2018, Bulgaria will assume the 6-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time in its history. During that period, besides organising numerous Member State meetings, Sofia will have to propose policies to be included in the EU agenda. In light of the increasingly volatile situation in the Western Balkans and events in the wake of last summer’s failed coup attempt in Turkey, the EU presidency affords Bulgaria a great opportunity to play a crucial role by getting Member States to commit to solving the region’s problems.
While France wants to change the way the Eurozone is run, it has difficulties in persuading Germany
Charles Grant
Throughout much of the EU's history, a strong alliance between France and Germany has been a necessary, though not sufficient condition for European integration. They hold fundamentally different views on many issues, which means when they have found a compromise, their partners usually follow. In this century, however, the tandem has lost its force. The EU's eastern enlargement reduced the relative weight of France and Germany.
 
Mohd Abuasi
It is the same conversation after each attack. A similar massacre could have easily happened outside the stadium during the Paris terrorist attack of November 2015. It is the same story. A suicide attacker cannot be stopped. Whenever 20,000 people enter or exit a stadium, a concert hall, a crowd will form at the entrance, on the streets in front. A suicide bomber is bound to kill or injure at least a hundred people.
 
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