Georgi Gotev

Global Europe 21-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: EU summertime blues

At the time when many in the EU bubble are getting ready for holidays, it is helpful to remember that the summer period is a fertile time for coups, geopolitical earthquakes and big blunders.

20-07-2017

The Brief: Fatal (or not so fatal) attraction

At the Western Balkans summit in Trieste last week, the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama saw Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov and UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson standing together.

Energy 20-07-2017

Bulgaria warns EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey

The European Commission is expected to approve the second thread of the Turkish Stream pipeline stretching to Bulgaria's Black Sea shore, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov who warned that the EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey.

Timmermans dangles Article 7, makes appeal to the Poles

The Commission is likely to call for the triggering of Article 7 next Wednesday (26 July) with respect to Poland, often referred to as “the nuclear option” to punish an EU member state, it emerged following the weekly meeting of the EU executive today (19 July).

Languages & Culture 19-07-2017

Macedonia says ‘FYROM’ name no better than ‘Klingon’

Macedonia rejected suggestions on Wednesday (18 July) it could end a row with Greece over its name by adopting an unwieldy acronym instead, saying it was as alien as the "Klingon" language in Star Trek.

EU curbs rubber dinghy, outboard motor sales to Libya to stop migrants

The European Union yesterday (17 July) adopted limits on the export of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in a bid to make it harder for smugglers to send migrants to Europe.

Elections 17-07-2017

State-controlled Polish TV instigated hate against Brussels journalist

Dorota Bawołek, a respected Brussels journalist, has been the target of hundreds of insulting and threatening messages on social media, after state-controlled Polish TV said she asked the European Commission politically motivated questions with intent “to harm Poland”.

Oil and Industry 14-07-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – To understand Turkey, speak to the Cypriots

Tomorrow (15 July) is the first anniversary of the failed Turkish coup. Too much analysis has already taken place. To really understand a country, it’s always good to speak to a neighbour. My take will be on Cyprus.

Energy 14-07-2017

Energy guru lifts the veil on first Putin-Trump meeting

EXCLUSIVE/ Energy guru Igor Yusufov shared  his views with EURACTIV.com on the first bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit, as well as on the global gas and oil business.

EU remains silent as Poland’s government assaults top court

The EU remained silent yesterday (13 July), despite being pressed by journalists to say something following the news that Poland's governing ultraconservatives tabled a bill in parliament that would subjugate the Supreme Court to executive power.

Climate change 14-07-2017

Trump says ‘something could happen’ with Paris climate accord

US President Donald Trump appeared to hold the door open to a change of position on the 2015 Paris climate change agreement which he pulled the United States out of earlier this year.

Cape Town shares lessons of record drought

Cape Town, South Africa’s second largest city, is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years. Gareth Morgan, trade and investment officer for the city, told EURACTIV.com that the crisis was also an opportunity to seek solutions which could be of use in other parts of Africa.

European Commission steps up infringement procedures against Hungary

The Commission opened an infringement procedure against Hungary on Thursday (13 July) for its new law on foreign-funded NGOs, and went a step further in another infringement it had launched in April over the Higher Education Law, that seeks to close the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros.

Development Policy 13-07-2017

NGOs denounce cuts, tweaks to 2018 EU budget for development aid

EU member countries decided yesterday (12 July) to cut the proposed EU budget for 2018 by €1.2 billion. The European Parliament deplored this “mechanical” cut, while NGO’s denounced the decrease of development aid and its re-directing to combat immigration.

NGOs say Italy’s ‘code of conduct’ threatens migrants’ lives

Thousands more refugees could be at risk of dying at sea if a proposed ‘code of conduct’ for NGOs conducting search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean is put into practice, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (12 July).

Politics 12-07-2017

Ukraine Association Agreement deal sealed ahead of Kyiv summit

After years of delay, the EU formally approved on Tuesday (11 July) the Association Agreement with Ukraine, ahead of a high-profile summit in Kyiv beginning on Wednesday (12 July).

Politics 12-07-2017

Mogherini, Lavrov agree to disagree on EU-Russia issues

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday (11 July) said both sides could cooperate on key international issues but traded barbs over Syria at the same time.

11-07-2017

The Brief powered by ENI – EU funds under Brexit pressure

The Commission today presented proposals for simplifying access to EU funds. They are intended for the period after 2020, when the EU budget will be smaller, as it is likely that the UK will have left the Union by then. There is no appetite for the other countries to fill the gap left by …

Energy 11-07-2017

Turkey voices energy ambitions at World Petroleum Congress

Turkey, a country poor in energy resources, has voiced its ambitions to leverage its geographic position by becoming an even more important crossroads of supply routes and a giant energy hub, saying this would “improve” the EU’s energy security.

Europe's East 11-07-2017

Siemens turbines cause whirlwinds in Crimea

A firm part-owned by German firm Siemens was preparing to install electricity turbines in Crimea despite prohibitive EU sanctions. The issue was brought to the attention of Brussels and Siemens on Monday (10 July).

Global Europe 07-07-2017

No new measures to help Italy adopted at Tallinn ministerial meeting

EU interior ministers yesterday (6 July) gathered in the Estonian capital Tallinn pledged to back an urgent European Commission plan to help crisis-hit Italy, which has been overwhelmed by a wave of migrants arriving by sea from North Africa, but adopted no new measures.

Europe's East 06-07-2017

Belarus deflects Lithuanian attempt to mobilise support against nuclear plant

Belarus has avoided a resolution by the European Security watchdog OSCE criticising the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, a project which neighbouring Lithuania strongly opposes on the grounds of nuclear safety concerns.

06-07-2017

The Brief: Italians should be furious

Unprecedented numbers of sub-Saharan African migrants are arriving in Italy. Most of them are not in need of international protection, and the EU and its member countries are doing nothing to share the burden.

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New plan for Africa called ‘best EU initiative ever’

MEPs are expected to pass on Thursday (6 July) the new European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), a key element to a plan to raise as much as €88 billion, blending EU funds with national and private financing, bringing African development to a new level.