Reuniting Europe

Recently, I had to answer this question and many others, such as is Islam the main obstacle for Turkey’s EU bid, in front of a Turkish audience in this beautiful country. Happily enough, I am a journalist, so I don’t need to be diplomatic. I started by saying that my country Bulgaria had the same… » read more

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Some commentators were quick to say, after the first days of the vuvuzela championship, that European football was down. Now we see that no matter who wins today, when Germany plays against Spain, we will have a all-European final, as the other finalist is the Netherlands. This is even more remarkable, knowing that never in… » read more

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In bed with Barroso

I personally prefer ‘In bed with Madona’, but I chose this title for two reasons. One is that we published this morning a story about the Commission’s plan to embed journalists with Barroso. And there is a second reason. According to the leaked letter, the Commission will scan the blogosphere and the social websites with… » read more

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Enlargement unfrozen?

We heard several good news concerning enlargement. The Union is to open membership talks with Iceland, it agreed to open the last and most contentious chapters in Croatia’s accession talks, and it unblocked Serbia’s Stabilisation and Association agreement, at last. The EU also made gestures with regard of two of its less advanced hopefuls, as… » read more

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Slovaks will vote on 12 June. The prime minister Robert Fico is expected to win, although he might find it difficult to form a coalition. But my point is that those elections are being influenced by developments in heighbouring Hungary, where the Fidesz party feels so strong, that it has adopted on 26 May a… » read more

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Despite their special interest in areas like energy security or neighbourhood policy, the East European countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have not yet become agenda-setters in Brussels, a study by the Comenius university in Slovakia reveals. One of the reasons, the authors of the report explained, that the EU newcomers still… » read more

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Populism vs courage

The Greek crisis brought ‘village politics’ to the EU, as Finnish foreign minister Alexander Stubb recently said. He also spoke of “an internal crisis of the Western world”. Bad example is contagious. German Chancellor Angela Merkel staunchly resisted calls from other countries to promise help for heavily-indebted Greece. Ironically, this did not prevent her from… » read more

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Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis of the ‘Future of Europe’ reflection group speaks about holding a few hundred of ‘agora’, the ancient Greece type of open debates, across Europe in the same week, “free of officialdom” as she insisted. Probably those debates should be thematic, we discussed the Western Balkans accession as a possible subject. I suggested… » read more

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The Bulgarian Round table, which greatly helped my country’s transition, avoiding bloodshed and extremism, took place in the spring of 1990. Communist leader Todor Zhivkov was ousted in a palace coup d’etat on 10 November 1989, one day after the fall of the Berlin wall. But in the meantime the former regime was very much… » read more

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I don’t think that Felipe Gonzalez, chairman of the ‘Future of Europe’ reflection group, reads my blog, but I had challenged him and the other “wise men” not to neglect the place of Turkey in their report. Now it turns out that there is only one accession country mentioned by name, and the country is… » read more

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