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I was in the Commission press room yesterday and together with other colleagues, I asked a couple of questions, trying to get a reaction from the EU executive regarding the new Hungarian media law. I knew of course that the spokesperson would not be able to provide a real answer and would adopt a “wait-and-see”… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Joe Litobarski, or EuroGoblin, joined EurActiv as Blogactiv & Social Media manager. Until now he was Co-Editor of Blogginportal.eu. He is replacing Stuart Langridge, who will be taking on new challenges. I will miss Stuart’s sharp humour and witty approach to his work. He mentioned something about ending a Brussels experience, but I tell him… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

This is not a joke, it’s a journalistic scoop. Colleagues from two media, the weekly “168 chasa” and the bTV channel, have sent invitations to 38 members of the Bulgarian parliament, chosen at random, across all party groups. The MPs were invited to the official opening of a new luxury store named Klaus Barbie. Yes,… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

I think that EU leaders will find a compromise over the 16-17 December summit and overcome the present deadlock on the budget for 2011. The political cost of a lack of compromise would be too high. The signal the EU would send to the world, and to markets, would cause too much harm, especially to… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Nomads of the world, unite!

France is not calling any more the poor Europeans it expels from its territory ‘Roma’, but prefers to refer to their nationality or simply to call them “nomads”. A year and a half ago, Italy avoided Commission criticism for discriminating against Roma in a fingerprinting campaign targeted at the ethnic group. The reason for this,… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Montgomery of the Balkans

William Montgomery, a former US ambassador to the Western Balkans has said the best solution to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s problems would be for the country to break up into two separate entities. The US authorities distanced themselves from the “politically incorrect” statement, while Bosnian Muslim leaders accused the former diplomat of lobbying for business interests.… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

I basically agree with what Piotr Kazynski from CEPS said regarding Jerzy Buzek, the first European Parliament President from Eastern Europe. But I have a more critical view. On two different occasions, I had exchanges in press rooms with President Buzek, and each time I challenged him for siding with one camp – first, with… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Busloads of people from Serbia and Macedonia, two countries for which the visa requirement was abolished last December, are seeking asylum in Belgium, Sweden, Germany. The ethnicity of those people is not the point. The point is that their motivation is purely economic, while asylum is granted on political grounds. Most of these people realise… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Time and again, the EU laments the divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the Republika Srpska and the Bosnian-Croat federation live separate lives. In view of recent events, we should expect Bosnians to say to Brussels: you guys first try to tell the Belgians to stick together, then we can talk again. But the divisions… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev