Georgi Gotev

Cypriot says business ‘stolen’ in Bulgaria, hopes EPPO will investigate

Stealing a successful business in Bulgaria is commonplace, although this mafia-like practice is little documented. A Cypriot businessman has told his story to EURACTIV, hoping that the Office of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) would investigate further.
Global Europe 08-04-2021

‘Sofa-gate’ brings more headaches for the EU

The protocol scandal that overshadowed the EU leaders’ recent visit to Turkey keeps unfolding, raising questions about Council President Charles Michel's reaction, but also about the EU's consistency in asking Ankara to adhere to the Istanbul Convention.
Elections 05-04-2021

Bulgarians vote for change, send three new parties to Parliament

Bulgaria's election on Sunday (4 April) saw three new parties, largely representing the anti-corruption protests of last summer, enter parliament. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's ruling conservative GERB remained the strongest single party but with slim chances of forming a government and staying in power.
Elections 01-04-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Dress rehearsal elections

As Bulgarians are gearing up for a general election on Sunday (4 April), the crucial issue - or risk, for some - is whether Boyko Borissov, who has run the poorest EU country with small interruptions since 2009, will get another mandate.
Global Europe 31-03-2021

EU efforts to observe the Palestinian election fall flat

Israel has so far failed to respond to the European Union’s request to monitor the first Palestinian elections in 15 years, EURACTIV has learned, significantly reducing the chances of ensuring an adequate observer presence at this key milestone.
Global Europe 26-03-2021

EU dangles carrots for Turkey if ‘de-escalation sustained’

European Union leaders are ready to boost cooperation with Turkey if a "current de-escalation is sustained", they said in a video summit on Thursday (25 March) following a spike in tensions.
Global Europe 26-03-2021

EU says after Biden meeting: Let’s safeguard global security together

The European Union and the United States must together safeguard global security, democracy and stability, European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday (25 March) after chairing an EU summit that US President Joe Biden joined briefly. Michel said the...

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – A NATO for Asia?

The Biden administration is wasting no time with its foreign agenda. Under the thumb of a very capable diplomat, Anthony Blinken, the US is mobilising its Asian allies against China in a way reminiscent of how NATO was built in the period after the Second World War, only faster.
Enlargement 25-03-2021

MEPs pressure Bulgaria to lift North Macedonia accession veto

MEPs put pressure on Bulgaria on Thursday (25 March) to lift its veto on the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia but failed to pass an amendment criticizing the Bulgarian position.
Global Europe 24-03-2021

Greece, Cyprus frown at ‘too many carrots’ in draft EU declaration on Turkey

A common EU declaration on Turkey currently under discussion ahead of the EU summit on 25-26 March “does not reflect” the balanced approach of EU top diplomat Josep Borrell recent report, Athens and Nicosia have said.
Global Europe 24-03-2021

Lavrov pronounces Russia-EU relations as dead

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said there were no more relations between his country and the EU, blaming Brussels for “destroying mechanisms built over years”. He made the comments during a visit to China, marking a further Russia-China rapprochement.
Global Europe 22-03-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Spy hard

Hallelujah. A recent spy scandal in Bulgaria has reminded us that there other things besides COVID vaccines that are geopolitically important…
Global Europe 18-03-2021

The Brief, powered by Eurochild – If words could kill

US President Joe Biden gave an affirmative answer when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if he believed Vladimir Putin was a “killer”. You would think that such an important question and answer would have been carefully arranged in advance...
Global Europe 17-03-2021

Biden calls Putin ‘a killer’ and says will pay a price

In an interview aired on Wednesday (17 March), US President Joe Biden said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is "a killer" and warned that he will soon face consequences for directing efforts to swing the 2020 US presidential election in Donald Trump's favour.
Politics 16-03-2021

Controversial lobbyists raise eyebrows in Strasbourg

A non-profit group has been raising eyebrows in the Council of Europe for its questionable lobbying activities, a British lawmaker told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 12-03-2021

Georgian Dream MPs hope political turmoil can be resolved

EURACTIV spoke to two MPs from the ruling Georgian Dream ahead of an important deadline – 15 March, when the EU-Georgia Association Council will be held, and when a solution to the political crisis in the country is expected.
Europe's East 11-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – Georgia on my mind

How much good can a single man do for his country? And how many bad things? And isn’t it extraordinary if the same man can do good things during one part of his life and bad things in the other?
Elections 10-03-2021

Watchdog warns of ‘dire press situation’ ahead of Bulgarian elections

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday (10 March) published 10 recommendations  to address what they called “the dire press freedom situation in Bulgaria”, ahead of elections early next month. 
Coronavirus 08-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – The road to nowhere

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mass trauma on a scale larger than World War II, and the impact will last “for many years to come,” the World Health Organisation’s top official has said. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes that...
Future EU 04-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Conquistador

Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party has left the European People’s Party. Or the EPP has kicked out bad-boy Orbán. Both narratives are true, choose the one you like. Today we will dwell on the consequences.
Global Europe 04-03-2021

Israeli critics warn EU against legitimising Palestinian ‘vaccination apartheid’

A group of prominent Israelis have warned Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz not to cooperate with Israel on vaccines, citing what they termed vaccination “apartheid” vis-à-vis the country’s Palestinian population.
Central Asia 03-03-2021

‘Clumsy’ resolution risks alienating EU from Kazakhstan, MEP says

The European Parliament's recent resolution on Kazakhstan is "clumsy" and detrimental both for the bilateral relations and the credibility of the EU, Bulgarian MEP Ivo Hristov (S&D) told EURACTIV on Wednesday (3 March).
Global Europe 01-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Vaccine geopolitics

In any civilisation, one commodity is more precious than the others, and it naturally becomes the bedrock of power. Could be salt, could be gold, could be the US dollar. Now it’s the COVID-19 vaccines.
Future EU 26-02-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLIA – EU summit post-mortem

EU summits are like a regular medical check-up for our union. Expert eyes can immediately see how good its health is. One very good measurement is EU leaders’ ability to decide.