Georgi Gotev

Global Europe 24-01-2019

EU backs self-proclaimed president Guaido, says voice of Venezuelan people ‘cannot be ignored’

The European Union said Wednesday (23 January) that the voice of the Venezuelan people "cannot be ignored" and called for "free and credible elections" after the South American country's parliament leader declared himself interim president on Wednesday (23 January).

For oligarchs or Mafiosi, obtaining a Bulgarian passport is easy and cheap

The case of the Russian oligarch Sergei Adoniev is a good example for the obscure ways Bulgarian citizenship is being granted to paying clients. Free Europe Bulgaria broke the story on Tuesday (22 January) a day before the EU Commission will issue a warning against “golden passports” schemes.

Commission warns Romania against amnesty plans for corrupt officials

The European Commission warned Romania on Tuesday (22 January) against passing a decree that would provide an easy legal tool to overturn corruption convictions for politicians, including the strongman Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling PSD party.
Energy 22-01-2019

Russia plays for time in EU-mediated Ukraine gas transit talks

The EU mediated on Monday (21 January) talks between Moscow and Kyiv on the future of Russian gas transit via Ukraine, the only decision being that the sides agreed to meet again in May.
Azerbaijan 21-01-2019

Azeri parliamentary cooperation chair: MEPs should check facts before they vote

Some events in Azerbaijan are treated in the EU with prejudice and intentional bias, and some MEPs have a clear agenda to make obstacles to the rapprochement of EU-Azerbaijan relations, Javanshir Feyziyev told EURACTIV in a written interview.
Armenia 21-01-2019

EU, UN welcome thaw in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations over Nagorno-Karabakh

The EU welcomed on Friday (18 January) a recent thaw in relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh.
EU Elections 2019 18-01-2019

Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

European Union countries that undermine the bloc's democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (17 January).
Central Asia 17-01-2019

Kazakhstan advocates closer ties between EU and Eurasian Economic Union

A senior official from Kazakhstan, one of the five members of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), has called for greater cooperation between EEAU and the EU, ultimately aiming to create a single economic space from the Atlantic to Pacific. But a Commission spokesperson made clear it could only be a long-term goal, depending on political developments.
Enlargement 17-01-2019

Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Prespa agreement ratification

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday (16 January) survived a confidence vote after a row over a landmark name deal with Macedonia sunk his four-year coalition.
Enlargement 16-01-2019

RSF slams jail sentence for Montenegro reporter on drug charges

An award-winning investigative reporter was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison in Montenegro on drug trafficking charges on Tuesday (15 January), in a ruling slammed by media watchdog RSF as a "disturbing set-back" for press freedom. 
Brexit 15-01-2019

Berlin waves prospect of more talks with UK ahead of ‘meaningful vote’

The European Union could hold new talks with London if the UK parliament rejects the Brexit agreement tonight, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday (15 January) but reiterated there was little hope of fundamentally changing the agreement.
Global Europe 15-01-2019

Greece and Russia exchange furious statements over Macedonia

The Russian foreign ministry published on Tuesday (14 January) a statement voicing concern about “instability” in Greece following the ratification of the recent change of the constitution in Macedonia. Greece retorted with a warning to Russia not to interfere in its internal affairs.
EU Elections 2019 14-01-2019

Gdańsk mayor’s murder sends shockwaves through EU

Paweł Adamowicz, the liberal mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk, died on Monday (14 January) of his wounds, a day after being stabbed by a man who rushed the stage during a charity event. EU officials said they were devastated and expressed utter shock.
Global Europe 14-01-2019

US threatens EU companies with sanctions over Nord Steam 2, Turkish Stream

A transatlantic tiff over Europe’s natural gas supply came to the boil on Sunday (13 January), as Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany threatened firms involved in a pipeline from Russia with sanctions. At stake is a mixture of economic and security interests...
Global Europe 11-01-2019

Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown drags on

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (10 January) canceled a planned visit later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, signaling he was prepared for the political showdown over the partial federal government shutdown to stretch into late January.
Economy & Jobs 11-01-2019

Russia ditches dollar, opts for euro and yuan

A report by the Bank of Russia published late on Wednesday (9 January) reveals that the country dumped $101 in US holdings from its reserves, shifting into euros and yuan last spring amid a new round of US sanctions.
Global Europe 10-01-2019

No EU ambassadors attend Maduro’s second term inauguration

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday (10 January) begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. The 56-year-old leader will be sworn in at 1400 GMT by the...
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

‘Grand coalition’ to end after May’s EU parliament poll, survey suggests

The 'grand coalition' of the centre-right and left groups in the European Parliament is set to end after May's European elections, according to a projection by VoteWatch, the Brussels-based think-tank famous for monitoring how MEPs vote, published on Wednesday (9 January).
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

Salvini calls for ‘Italian-Polish axis’ to replace Paris-Berlin

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday (9 January) said populists from Italy and Poland should spark a "European spring" to replace the centre-right influence of Germany and France, ahead of key EU elections.
Freedom of thought 09-01-2019

Far-right policies see Italy’s democracy ranking plummet

The policies of Italy's anti-immigrant and anti-establishment government which came to power last June have torpedoed the country's global democracy ranking, a think tank said Wednesday (9 January).

Under Dutch and Danish pressure, EU hits Iran with sanctions after murder plots

The EU hit Iran’s intelligence services with sanctions on Tuesday (8 January) after accusing Tehran of being behind plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish and French soil. The move by the 28-nation bloc was announced as the Dutch government said it...
Global Europe 08-01-2019

EU puzzled by downgrade of its ambassador to Washington

The EU is currently discussing “possible implications” of a change in the diplomatic protocol in the US, which resulted in the Union having been downgraded in the precedence list to the level of an international organisation, together with the African Union.

Purchase of new fighter jets by Bulgaria pits President against Prime Minister

Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev slammed on Sunday (6 January) the government of Boyko Borissov for having “perverted” the procedure for the acquisition of new fighter jets.
Central Europe 07-01-2019

Kazakhstan opens doors to new foreign investment

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has re-shuffled the cabinet, appointed a new foreign minister and given this ministry new powers and responsibilities, especially for attracting new foreign investment.