Reuniting Europe

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Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva and Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian striker for AS Monaco, will be candidates for President and Vice President in the country’s elections due next year. The two most famous Bulgarians living abroad met on 27 March in Brussels to discuss the difficult political situation in their home country [see photo gallery].… » read more

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There are serious reasons to believe that Euronews, perceived by millions in the world as “the television of the European Union”, is becoming the voice of Moscow. Or the next Sputnik, the latest multi-lingual news service operated by the Russian government. First, Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian billionaire who has taken a 53% stake in Euronews,… » read more

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Soon after he was appointed Commission Vice President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič started lobbying Russia to return to the South Stream gas pipeline project. The same project was frozen by direct orders of former Commission President José Manuel Barroso. First episode: Barroso stops South Stream by telling the former Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski… » read more

My old friend Jan Eliasson

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We know each other from 1986, when I was a member of the Bulgarian delegation to the CSCE conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and Disarmament in Stockholm. (CSCE was the predecessor of OSCE). This was a very important forum, as it took place after the downing of Korean airliner KAL 007 while the USSR… » read more

Who leaked the Luxleaks?

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Yesterday a Ukrainian television asked me who leaked the Luxleaks. Not that they thought I knew. Their basic question was “Quid prodest”, who benefits from Luxleaks? They had in mind their country, which badly needs a strong Europe, rather than a weak one. The assumption is that by weakening Juncker, Europe is weakened. So who… » read more

L’Europe germano-allemande

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I don’t know how to say it in English, but a French-speaking friend of mine calls it L’Europe germano-allemande. For several decades we were used to the French-German tandem, but now we have Germany all over the place. The real leaders of the two big political families are Germans – Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz.… » read more

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Basically extreme-left and extreme-right MEPs voted against the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, according to the monitoring by Vote Watch Europe. The European Parliament in Strasbourg and the Ukrainian Parliament in Kyiv simultaneously ratified yesterday (16 September) the landmark EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA). MEPs backed the agreement with 535 votes in favour, 127 against… » read more

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“On the occasion of the 1150th anniversary of the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia, the Czech Television and Barrandov Studios Prague, along with co-producers from Slovakia and Slovenia, have shot a film entitled “Cyril and Methodius – The Apostles of the Slavs“. This historical saga, under the directorship of Petr Nikolaev,… » read more

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I was leaked by a strange individual the draft organigram as of yesterday (2 September) of the Juncker Commission. I take it as a compliment for the strong coverage by EurActiv. See it yourself, and read EurActiv with details tomorrow. The organigram was leaked by apparently someone external to Juncker’s services, as the person couldn’t… » read more