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It’s not easy to do your job as a Brussels journalist these days. Herman Van Rompuy’s spokesperson gave the floor to only two colleagues to ask a question at the EU summit final press conference. And he made sure that they would be from Poland and ask how nice indeed the Polish EU Presidency has… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Whether we like it or not, the EU is becoming a two speed union. Sarkozy says there is “too much integration” among the 27 and too little among the 17 eurozone members. It may look like a forced marriage, but eurozone countries need to build a real union. Britain for one is happy about the… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The eurozone breakup is no longer taboo. Germany and France discuss plans for a radical overhaul of the European Union that would involve setting up a smaller eurozone. Italy, a founding country of the EU, is at near breaking point with yields on its debt bonds at levels seen as unsustainable. Markets reacted sharply, stocks… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

EU leaders gather today at 18.00 in Brussels to save Europe and the world one more time this year. At lunch time the Bundestag has passed the EFSF motion with a large majority (good news). But the motion states that the European Central Bank will no longer need to buy bonds on the secondary markets,… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

At the inconclusive twin EU-eurozone summits yesterday, famous journalist Jean Quatremer irked French President Nicolas Sarkozy with a question – the main weapon journalists have as a corrective of power. At the joint press conference Sarkozy gave with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Quatremer was given the chance to ask the first question, in the following… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Elections in Bulgaria

On 23 October, as EU leaders will meet for what is expected to be a hectic and inconclusive summit, Bulgaria will hold presidential and local elections. There are many candidates for the presidential elections, but according to opinion polls three of them have chances to make it for the run off, on 30 October. Two… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The Mother of all EU summits

A regular EU summit being postponed is unusual, but nothing is usual these days. Fearing the collapse of the eurozone, EU leaders need to decide on tactics, but also on long term strategy, even on EU treaties’ change. Good luck, Mr. Van Rompuy! It will be a give and take. The unusual will be the… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Romania has blocked imports of Dutch flowers and bulbs. Oficially the national phytosanitary agency is checking them on suspicions they may contain a mysterious bacteria… Well, not so mysterious, in fact. Bucharest obviously tries to send a message to The Hague, after the Dutch immigration minister repeated that his country would veto Romania and Bulgaria’s… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Was Zhivkov a good leader?

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bulgaria’s communist leader Todor Zhivkov, who has been on power from 1956 to 10 September 1989. He died in 1998. In his home town of Pravetz, a beautiful place I know well and where I have a summer house, there is a huge celebration today, and… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev