Brexit may be the most prominent attack on the European Union’s four freedoms, but it is by no means the only one. Subtler attacks are multiplying. If they are allowed to continue unchallenged, the EU will eventually crumble.
If Brexit does happen on March 29 this year, it will happen under the strangest possible presidency of the European Union: the Romanian presidency. While the role of president of the EU is all about openness, transparency and a love of democracy, the Romanian government seems to increase its preference for the opposites of these features.
There were massive protests in Romania against a return of times when acts of corruption went unpunished. The protests lasted for two weeks, the biggest the country had seen since the 1989 revolution that culminated with the execution of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
The residential property bubble continues in countries like the UK and Sweden, but it seems to have spread to some other countries as well, according to data from the Bank for International Settlements.
The European Central Bank had no choice but to launch its own quantitative easing programme in the end. The jury is still out on whether it will work – but judging by the first reactions, it could actually mark the return to some sort of normality for the eurozone.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it has applied for regulatory approval to raise its stake in Moldova’s third-largest bank, Victoriabank, “with the aim of restoring effective corporate governance at the bank and ensuring its continued sound financial performance.”