Reuniting Europe

L’Europe germano-allemande

I don’t know how to say it in English, but a French-speaking friend of mine calls it L’Europe germano-allemande. For several decades we were used to the French-German tandem, but now we have Germany all over the place. The real leaders of the two big political families are Germans – Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz.… » read more

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Posted by Georgi Gotev

Basically extreme-left and extreme-right MEPs voted against the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, according to the monitoring by Vote Watch Europe. The European Parliament in Strasbourg and the Ukrainian Parliament in Kyiv simultaneously ratified yesterday (16 September) the landmark EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA). MEPs backed the agreement with 535 votes in favour, 127 against… » read more

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“On the occasion of the 1150th anniversary of the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia, the Czech Television and Barrandov Studios Prague, along with co-producers from Slovakia and Slovenia, have shot a film entitled “Cyril and Methodius – The Apostles of the Slavs“. This historical saga, under the directorship of Petr Nikolaev,… » read more

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I was leaked by a strange individual the draft organigram as of yesterday (2 September) of the Juncker Commission. I take it as a compliment for the strong coverage by EurActiv. See it yourself, and read EurActiv with details tomorrow. The organigram was leaked by apparently someone external to Juncker’s services, as the person couldn’t… » read more

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Published at 20.45hrs Brussels time. Diplomatic sources just told me that the services of Council President Herman Van Rompuy just invited by email EU heads of state and government to the EU summit starting at 17.00hrs tomorrow (not 16.00 as previously announced), at which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “will make a communication”. Obviously, Ukraine has… » read more

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EU leaders are meeting tomorrow to elect successors to Council President Herman Van Rompuy and EU foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton. They are also expected to discuss the situation in Ukraine, where reportedly the Russian army has openly invaded, and decide further sanctions. The Ukraine situation has strongly boosted the chances of Polish Prime Minister… » read more

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Credit dossiers for a total of 3.5 billion leva (1.78 billion euro) of Bulgaria’s Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) have disappeared and a sum equivalent to 206 million leva (105 million euro) has been withdrawn in cash upon order by its president of the supervisory board and the majority shareholder Tzvetan Vassilev, the Bulgarian National Bank… » read more

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Stakes are high that Sergei Stanishev, (outgoing) leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and (still) President of PES, the Party of European Socialists, will be his country candidate for EU Commissioner. Boyko Borissov, former Prime Minister said bets that Stanishev will be the Bulgarian candidacy, to be announced by the outgoing Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.… » read more

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Posted by Georgi Gotev

Yesterday Dmitry Rogozin, a top Russian official,bragged on twitter that he was able to land in Transnistria overflying Bulgarian and Romanian airspace, because Ukraine didn’t let him go. Rogozin was in Tiraspol for the 9 May celebrations. But now he is stranded in the breakaway region, as the US has put pressure on Romania not… » read more

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Posted by Georgi Gotev