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By adopting a text in its new constitution which says that the only legal tender in Hungary is the forint, the Fidesz-led supermajority in Hungary is building a wall against the euro. Hungary may not be ready to adopt the euro anytime soon, but it is obliged to do so by its accession treaty. The… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The new Hungarian constitution, to be adopted next month, will be a hot topic. I’m not a specialist, but at first glance, it looks very nationalistic, even irredentist and patriarchal. The set-up of the country’s relations with the EU also appear as controversial. Here is the constitution, a 30-page document: http://www.euractiv.com/sites/all/euractiv/files/CONSTITUTION_in_English__DRAFT.pdf This is its Preamble,… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

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

Today I received photos of journalistic protests in Turkey. Journalists in Istanbul and Ankara gathered, covered their mouths in black strap and broke pencils in protest. Seven journalists have been arrested in an alleged plot to overthrow the Turkish government. Overall the number of arrested journalists in Turkey has reached 65. My Turkish friends tell… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

We were already familiar with PIGS, that is, the faltering and overspending Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. Now here is a new acronym. People from the inner circle of Former Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn say he used to call Romania and Bulgaria the R&B countries, adding that he was not sure which was rhythm and… » 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