Reuniting Europe

Will Merkel be more pro-EU now?

Now that she has won a third mandate as Chancellor, Angela Merkel might decide to give more impetus to the European project. Merkel has argued that a treaty change could help enforce fiscal rules to avoid repeats of the debt crises plaguing members of the eurozone. Even those who reject federalism agree that without further… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The turning point for Ukraine

Back in the Brussels bubble after the summer recess what strikes most is the changed mood vis-à-vis Ukraine. Before, many had doubts as to the real intentions of the Ukrainian leadership. The President Viktor Yanukovich had long cultivated ambiguity. But now Yanukovich, the government, to oligarchs, everybody unequivocally say that the choice of the Ukrainians… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

I realise some readers won’t like this blogpost. It is politically correct to report only positively about the Sofia protests. I will take a more critical approach. The protests started on 14 June, when the three-day old government of Plamen Oresharski nominated Delyan Peevski as leader of the State Agency for National Security. On that… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

There is word is that Bulgaria needs a grand coalition to get the country from the impasse and prepare early elections, probably to coincide with the European elections on 22 May. No matter how antagonistic the relations between the party GERB of former prime minister Boyko Borissov and the Bulgarian Socialist Party BSP may be,… » read more

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Merkel calling?

I just made these photos of Commission President Barroso, who had a veeeery long telephone conversation. This happened in Vilnius on 5 July, the day of the celebtation of the beginning of the Lithuanian Presidency, at 17.30hrs. All the Commissioners were here, so obviously he was not speaking with one of them. Van Rompuy was… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Bulgaria events

This post was long overdue. It’s been more than two months since I haven’t blogged. Indeed, I have tweeted a lot in the meantime. The reason is probably that the developments in Bulgaria, overwhelming for me, have been too confusing. And probably they deserved short messages rather than longer texts which risk proving wrong. For… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

In an earlier draft had a more hard-hitting title “Do you sponsor little lies”, but I’m happy that my blog gets attention even without using such gimmicks. I take the view that in the Balkans in the EU, we should trust each other and that we should report with eyes open, rather than wide closed.… » read more

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