EU commissioner calls for Ukraine accession promise

MUNICH – The EU commissioner who, over the past five years, tried and failed to get Ukraine to sign up to pro-EU reforms has said only the promise of accession can change former Soviet states.

“If we are serious about helping this part of Europe to transform, the association agreement is only the first step. The next one should be the light at the end of the tunnel. You can’t transform this part of Europe without using this most powerful instrument [enlargement],” former Czech diplomat Stefan Fuele told a congress of European and US security chiefs in Munich on Saturday (2 February).

Romanian President Traian Basescu backed him up. Continue reading

Controlling the past in Romania

Romania is a country whose political life has been profoundly afflicted by a lack of morals from the fall of communism to this day. In this de-facto a semi-presidential republic, it is only the government that gets always criticized by the EU, although the president Traian Basescu himself is a man with a dark past and a contestable present. Basescu has thus been an informer for the Communist secret services, the Securitate, and here we publish the proof.

This week again, in Brussels, the spokesman of the Commission Mark Gray had harsh words for the  Romanian ruling coalition of Socialists and Liberals, after the parliament voted on Tuesday to boost the deputies’ immunity from prosecution. Continue reading