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The press must be crazy

Hey guys, look at those contradictory titles: EU to Take Legal Action Against France Over Gypsy Expulsions, against EU legal action ruled out against France over Roma. Or Brussels blinks in legal row with Sarkozy over Roma expulsion, and then Roma ultimatum given to France by EU: allow free movement or face court. I could… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The discussions on France’s handling of the Roma’s expulsions are still ongoing. What is for certain is that in the future, governments would avoid making certain mistakes. France is not the only country having stygmatised Europe’s largest minority. Last year Italy conducted a fingerprinting campaign focusing on Romas, but avoided any criticism from the (previous)… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

I receive a lot of Facebook messages inviting me to react in favour or against “OMO Ilinden – Pirin”, a separatist organization illegal in Bulgaria. This is what I would like to say on the matter. I am myself from the Pirin region, I was born in Blagoevgrad. Perhaps I should start by translating some… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Whenever the two big political groups EPP and S&D decide to have a good match, the Roma issue appears to be a safe playground for them. Last winter, it was whether the then Commissioner-designate Maros Sevcovic had or not offended the Roma in a statement made years ago. The EPP lost, after a Roma activist… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

As a Bulgarian national, I am familiar with all habitats listed in a well-documented petition reporting sixteen cases of Natura 2000 ‘vandalism’ in Bulgaria. In a recent article, I briefly described some of the cases. Terrible destruction has already taken place before our eyes and in a very short time-span. No lessons have been learned… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Gypsy Gotev

The Roma expulsions from France are stirring controversy. It is difficult not to take sides. What I dislike most in the whole story, is hypocrisy. Sarkozy has a low rating and is obviously trying to please his core right-wing electorate. As the presidential elections will get closer, he will find other subjects, to appear as… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Recently, I had to answer this question and many others, such as is Islam the main obstacle for Turkey’s EU bid, in front of a Turkish audience in this beautiful country. Happily enough, I am a journalist, so I don’t need to be diplomatic. I started by saying that my country Bulgaria had the same… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Some commentators were quick to say, after the first days of the vuvuzela championship, that European football was down. Now we see that no matter who wins today, when Germany plays against Spain, we will have a all-European final, as the other finalist is the Netherlands. This is even more remarkable, knowing that never in… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

In bed with Barroso

I personally prefer ‘In bed with Madona’, but I chose this title for two reasons. One is that we published this morning a story about the Commission’s plan to embed journalists with Barroso. And there is a second reason. According to the leaked letter, the Commission will scan the blogosphere and the social websites with… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Enlargement unfrozen?

We heard several good news concerning enlargement. The Union is to open membership talks with Iceland, it agreed to open the last and most contentious chapters in Croatia’s accession talks, and it unblocked Serbia’s Stabilisation and Association agreement, at last. The EU also made gestures with regard of two of its less advanced hopefuls, as… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev