Reuniting Europe

On 1 January Bulgaria has marked its first seven years of EU membership. There is a saying in Bulgarian about the first seven years of a human being: “either you have them or you don’t”. Either during your first seven years you have learned something that will make a man out of you, or you… » read more

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Posted by Georgi Gotev

On 1 January all remaining restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers to the EU will be lifted. Seven years after the accession of these countries to the Union, the last remaining older EU states that have not yet lifted these restrictions, including France, Belgium and Great Britain, are under legal obligation to do so. What… » read more

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I received this excellent text from Vadym Omelchenko from the Gorshenin institute. I want to share it with all interested immediately, and I basically made no edits: “In the tensed situation in Ukraine today, the Gorshenin Institute experts analyse both the essential senses and the resources used in the political battle occurring today in Ukraine.… » read more

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Hi, I found this excellent piece in FB written by “Victoria Bandida” (Viktoria Taranenko), published on 5 December, and decided to re-publish it without much edits. There is also an original version in Russian. I think this is the photo of Viktoria: And this is what she wrote: “When I read articles in the foreign… » read more

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The outcome of the Vilnius Summit is regrettable, as apparently Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich showed the EU the middle finger, and his country missed a historic opportunity to anchor itself to the West. But isn’t this a simplistic, an easy analysis? Let’s imagine Yanukovich would have signed the Association Agreement in Vilnius, following EU pressure.… » read more

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The decision of the Ukrainian government to freeze the country’s EU association and instead to revive economic relations with Russia is a resounding slap in the face of the European Union. It’s a slap in the face of Mr. Barroso, Mr. Van Rompuy, Mrs. Ashton, Mr. Füle. All of them will be scarred for life… » read more

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Many have noticed that the EU and the USA don’t hold summits as they normally should. It has been explained that US President Barack Obama wanted to concentrate more on internal issues, that he was against meeting only for the sake of the photo opportunity and insisted that meetings should be held if something important… » read more

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I was lucky to obtain the first big interview of Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director General, following her re-election for another four years as head of the biggest UN agency for culture, science and education. Bokova was in my opinion very happy, because her re-election had not been an easy one. She has had two… » read more

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Message with a bottle

Will tomorrow’s bottles of wine look like this? I received a letter and bottle of wine sent by a group of intellectuals and artists from Europe. Their message is that adults shouldn’t be treated as children and that that the policy of issuing well-meaning health messages should be dropped. “If you treat responsible adults like… » read more

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Posted by Georgi Gotev