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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

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… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

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… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev