Reuniting Europe

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

Posted by Georgi Gotev

In case you have missed it watch this video, it was made last Wednesday and released by Euronews. http://www.euronews.com/nocomment/2013/04/03/european-union-flag-flies-above-prague-castle/ My title is probably not very precise. I imagine that protestors booed the very fact that the EU flag was raised at the Prague Castle, a vast compound where the administration of the Czech President is… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Croissants will be no longer on offer in the cafeteria or restaurants of EU institutions, a Council source told this website. EU institutions have apparently surrendered to pressure groups who claim that the crescent-shaped pastry offends Turkey, a candidate for EU accession. Croissants are no longer available in the cafeteria of the Commission, the Parliament… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The Council will no longer offer free food to journalists during EU summits. This is also the end of the free croissants, soft drinks and sandwiches, available at every corner of the press centre on such occasions. The decision is part of a belt-tightening in expectation of a EU budget with deep cuts in the… » read more

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I received minutes ago this email from Prof. Krastyo Petkov, a distinguished Bulgarian intellectual whom despite the age difference I consider as a friend. I thought I should share it immediately.   The crossroads of the Bulgarian revolution Prof. Krastyo Petkov   Remember “17 February! That date has marked the end of the ruling party… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Today a Macedonian TV journalist invited me to comment on Skype the “substantial announcement” made by the European Commission today (15 February) regarding the deteriorating political situation in Macedonia. This is a precise quote of what Peter Stano, spokesperson to Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle said: “In the context of the High Level Accession Dialogue (HLAD)… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

February 07, 2013 Dear Mr Farage, We, the Bulgarian Community in the United Kingdom wish to address several issues regarding your stance on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens entering the United Kingdom and especially the upcoming cessation of transitional labour restrictions pertaining to nationals of the two countries. First in the list of things the notion… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Several media and the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria point out to the fact that the Bulgarian government distributes in a non-transparent way to selected media €14 million of EU funds aimed at advertising its operational programs. A friend of mine working in a big Sofia daily told me that their media has obtained some of… » read more

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We will miss you, Mr. Klaus!

The Czechs will vote to elect a new president on Sunday and Vaclav Klaus will step down, as he cannot run for a third term. His departure will probably be a relief for the ‘politically correct’ European establishment who saw him as a eurosceptic and a major troublemaker. I always made the distinction between the… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev