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Is Turkish accession ambition sustainable?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 24/11/09

Asking this question, I am using the language of the Turkish chief negotiator Egemen Bagiş. He says that his country’s negotiating process should be ‘sustainable’ and advocates benchmarks, allowing chapters to be opened, negotiated and the closed, insted of either being blocked once opened, or prevented from opening. However I am not sure whether he [...]

Do you like the new leaders of Europe?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 20/11/09

I would give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I will like them. But it’s not love at first sight. (This is my shortest blogpost so far. I also realise that it looks like a haiku…)

Nobody wants the education portfolio?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 16/11/09

Most of the candidates for commissioners have already been put forward.  Although it is Barroso’s job to decide their field of activity, in most of the cases, the respective governments express the wish that they be given specific portfolios. EU countries express preferences for portfolios in fields where money is involved, such as internal market, [...]

Where were you when the Berlin wall fell?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 06/11/09

That’s the question to ask these days to people you met in the meantime. Well, if you or them are at least 30 years of age. There are moments, like 9/11, when everyone remembers what they have been doing, feeling and experiencing. By the way, the wall also fell on 9/11, but written the European [...]

Does Obama realise Russia’s EU strategies?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 02/11/09

Edward Lucas, a prominent analyst, says that Russia is pushing the USA out of Europe, trying to set up a condominium in the old continent between itself and countries such as France, Germany, Italy, to the detriment of Eastern Europe. Recently another knowledgeable specialist, Ariel Cohen, said that there is “little appetite” these days in [...]

Does Eastern Europe care about climate change?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 30/10/09

East European leaders may be bargaining for a fairer deal on climate funding, however the impression remains that they are less interested in the subject, compared to their colleagues from ‘older Europe’. I was discussing this with my friend Jan Vitasek, a Czech journalist, yesterday night in the Council meeting, while EU leaders were having [...]

Putin punishes Eastern Europe

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 20/10/09

The Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has punished Bulgaria for not being as pro-Russian as he wants, by excluding it from the South Stream gas pipeline and by abandoning the project of an oil pipeline from the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna to to Greek port Alexandroupolis. Indeed, Russia has had a consistent policy [...]

Who wants a Macedonia encyclopaedia?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 13/10/09

Not me, although I can read the language. In case you don’t know the background, please click here. Obviously Macedonia will not join the EU by exacerbating existing and creating inexistent problems with almost all its neighbours. I’m personally sorry about that, because I wish to see the citizens of this landlocked country enjoying the [...]

Are Prague and Warsaw damaging Eastern Europe’s image?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 06/10/09

After the Irish ‘yes’, the Lisbon Treaty has already been ratified politically. Two presidents’ signatures are missing to complete legally the ratification process. The Polish one appears to be motivated by the will to extort concessions from the EU as much as he can, and the Czech one simply doesn’t like the EU reform treaty. [...]

Níl or Ne, there will be no enlargement!

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 30/09/09

I’m not very optimistic these days. Either the Irish will say no (níl) to the Lisbon Treaty, which I think they will be wise enough not to do this time, or the Czech ‘no’ (ne) camp around Klaus will keep the ratification on ice for several months, waiting for the British Tories to come on [...]

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Georgi Gotev is senior editor of EurActiv more.