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Loudly nobody dares say that. A silent majority of countries are extremely unhappy about the way the Commission has spearheaded the EU Turkey rapprochement. The role of First Vice President Frans Timmermans and of Juncker’s chief of cabinet Martin Selmayr is seen as heavy-handed and creating dangerous precedents. The Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker took… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Let’s be realistic, politically incorrect and a bit cynical. As we speak, Schengen is already dead. Faced with a biblical exodus from other continents to Europe, EU countries have installed border controls. The controls will last well over the 2 months allowed by the Schengen agreements. So long for Schengen, one of the EU pillars.… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The third corridor

Imagine a border crossing. There are three corridors. The first one is for travellers from Schengen countries. They are checked speedily, but the border guards need to make sure that their travel documents (id or passport) are indeed from one of those countries, and that these are not forged documents. Even among those passengers the… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

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

Posted by Georgi Gotev

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

Posted by Georgi Gotev

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

Posted by Georgi Gotev

My old friend Jan Eliasson

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

Posted by Georgi Gotev