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Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger urged during a hastily called meeting of ministers yesterday (15March) to introduce safety “stress tests” at nuclear power plans in Europe. He commended the present safety standards in EU countries, but as the same time told German media that we need to consider a “foreseeable future” without nuclear energy. German Chancellor… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Ukraine: a Tito strategy?

Ukraine wants a free trade deal both with the EU and Russia, as the country’s foreign minister Konstantyn Gryshchenko recently told us. A kind of deja-vu? The new leadership of Ukraine appears to pursue the same strategy as Yugoslavia’s Josip Broz Tito. Yugoslavia benefited a lot both from the USSR and from the West, due… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

I met Jacques Delors again. I had already had the honour of being in his company when we made a 90-minute TV film about him, Toma Tomov* and me, in 2001. We called the film “Citizen Delors”, partly inspired from a poster of “Citizen Kane” which Delors had kept in his Berlaymont office, in previous… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Guy Verhofstadt proposes that the East European EU countries which are still oustide the eurozone adopt the euro as a parallel currency. The proposal concerns Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania. I’m not sure this is a very good idea. If the euro was introduced as a parallel currency in… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Jean Quatremer wrote in hos blog, among other things, that according to an internal Commission paper he saw, Bulgarian commisioner designate Rumiana Jeleva would get Justice and Home Affairs. The news were taken up immediately by the entire Bulgarian press. The daily Dnevnik, the partner of EurActiv in Bulgaria, carried the story, which had already… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

That’s the question to ask these days to people you met in the meantime. Well, if you or them are at least 30 years of age. There are moments, like 9/11, when everyone remembers what they have been doing, feeling and experiencing. By the way, the wall also fell on 9/11, but written the European… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Edward Lucas, a prominent analyst, says that Russia is pushing the USA out of Europe, trying to set up a condominium in the old continent between itself and countries such as France, Germany, Italy, to the detriment of Eastern Europe. Recently another knowledgeable specialist, Ariel Cohen, said that there is “little appetite” these days in… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev