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31/08/2016

Bulgaria asks EU for ‘plan B’ if Turkey abandons refugee deal

Location: Bulgaria


Energy 31-08-2016

Sefcovic embarks on third trilateral gas talks on Ukraine

Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said he will visit Kyiv on 2 September to discuss energy reforms and lay the groundwork for trilateral talks with Ukraine and Russia that he hopes will help ensure uninterrupted gas supplies in the winter.
Global Europe 30-08-2016

EU in pole position in race for UN Secretary General

A secret vote held yesterday (29 August) in the UN Security Council has put three candidates from EU countries in the lead in the race to replace UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Bokova deplores ‘undignified’ campaign against her UN bid

Irina Bokova, Bulgaria’s candidate for UN Secretary General, has deplored the ‘undignified campaign’ against her, which according to former Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche 'seems to be part of a crude effort to 'strong arm' Bulgaria to replace Bokova with Kristalina Georgieva, the Commission Vice-President, in the race for the UN top job."

Orban: It's ‘impossible’ that the EU will allow visa-free travel for Turks

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he sees it as “impossible” to allow Turkish citizens visa-free travel to Europe, and that European countries will be unable to keep their promise to Turkey.
Europe's East 18-08-2016

Azerbaijan launches criminal investigation against alleged Gülenists

Azerbaijan, a country with strong relations with Turkey, is reportedly cracking down on local supporters of US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the 15 July failed coup.
Elections 18-08-2016

Bulgarian Socialists nominate air force chief to run for president

Bulgaria's opposition Socialists nominated the former air force chief as their candidate in the presidential election (17 August), at a time of rising tensions between the country's Western allies, and neighbours Turkey and Russia.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Bulgarians outraged by deportation of Gülen supporter to Turkey

Bulgarian NGOs, columnists and a junior coalition partner in Boyko Borissov’s government have all expressed outrage at the news of the extradition to Turkey of an alleged supporter of Fetullah Gülen, the US-exiled cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding the 15 July coup.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.
Transport 01-08-2016

Tsipras to 'upgrade' ties with Sofia after Turkish turmoil

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will focus on energy, transport infrastructure and migration, as he today (1 August) seeks to strengthen ties with Bulgaria and stabilise south eastern Europe after the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

14 Turkish navy ships ‘missing' at sea since foiled coup

Some 14 Turkish military ships on active duty in the Aegean and Black Seas are reportedly “missing”, according to reports.

Brussels prepares to overrule Eastern Europe on posted workers directive

The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 06-07-2016

Member states claw back control over CETA

National parliaments will have their say over the trade deal struck between the EU and Canada, the Commission announced yesterday (5 July). This victory for Paris and Berlin greatly decreases the chance of the deal being ratified. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 04-07-2016

Emissions injustices committed against Greece must be corrected

The EU established its criteria for awarding free CO2 emission allowances in 2013. However, it failed to take into account the tough economic conditions that lay ahead, writes Georgios Andriotis.
Global Europe 28-06-2016

Bulgarian Socialist leader meets blacklisted senior Russian official

On a visit to Russia, Bulgarian Socialist Party chief Kornelia Ninova met with Sergey Naryshkin, President of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, who is on the EU sanctions list. Ninova stated that her party is against the sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

UK 2017 EU presidency raises concerns

Even though it is already on an exit trajectory, the UK is still due to assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July 2017. But it would be surreal if the UK presides over a Union that it is going to leave.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Bulgarian president: If the EU collapses, there will be war

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said yesterday (23 June) that if the EU collapsed following Brexit, there would be war. He made the comments in the presence of his German colleague, Joachim Gauck, who is on a 3-day visit to Bulgaria.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Bulgaria refuses to join NATO Black Sea fleet against Russia

Bulgaria has refused to take part in a joint ‘common NATO’ fleet of Romania Ukraine and Turkey, aimed at deterring Russia in the Black Sea, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced today (16 June). The Bulgarian Prime Minister said that he had refused the proposal for such a fleet made by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis …

Global Europe 10-06-2016

Bilderberg gathering envisions top job for Kristalina Georgieva

Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva attended a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg group in Dresden yesterday (9 June), where, according to information obtained by EurActiv.com, former Commission President José Manuel Barroso promoted her as the next UN Secretary-General.
Energy 10-06-2016

First pipeline imports to open up Greek gas market

The first gas deliveries by pipeline from a Greek private supplier are set to bring the Greek gas market closer to liberalisation and put pressure on Sofia and Athens to sign a longstanding “interconnection agreement” for gas imports.
Elections 09-06-2016

Outgoing Bulgarian president warns Russia trying to 'destroy' EU

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev yesterday (8 June) warned that Russia was out to "destroy" the European Union as the Ukraine crisis ushered in an era of "Cold Peace".
Energy 08-06-2016

Putin says South Stream, Turkish Stream still on the table

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (7 June) that Russia had not "definitively" canceled either the South Stream or Turkish Stream European gas export pipeline projects, but needed a clear position on them from Europe.
Energy 01-06-2016

Sefcovic doubts that ‘another South Stream’ would be commercially viable

Asked to comment on the eventuality of a rebirth of the South Stream gas pipeline, Energy Union Vice President Maroš Šefčovič yesterday (31 May) voiced doubts that the project would be commercially viable in the first place.
Energy 26-05-2016

Romanian refinery business airs ‘geopolitical’ fears

The head of the Romanian company supplying crude oil to the country's refineries has warned of a ‘geopolitical situation’ that may block the Black Sea and dry up the sector, unless the EU helps build pipelines to bring crude oil from the Italian port of Trieste.

Bulgaria asks EU for ‘plan B’ if Turkey abandons refugee deal

Bulgaria asked the European Union to develop a backup plan, in the event that Turkey refuses to implement its agreement to deal with the refugee crisis, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said on Friday (20 May).