Georgi Gotev

Enlargement 30-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ENTSO – Macedonia dreamin’

On 11 November, North Macedonia is likely to face a Bulgarian veto, preventing it from opening long-awaited membership negotiations with the EU.
Energy 30-10-2020

How Bulgaria gave Gazprom the keys to the Balkans

It was a well-kept secret that Gazprom, Russia's oil and gas juggernaut, has laid its hands on key gas connections along the borders of Bulgaria until a journalistic investigation by EURACTIV Bulgaria exposed this.
Coronavirus 30-10-2020

EU to fund transfer of COVID-19 patients across borders to prevent hospitals collapse

The European Union will finance the transfer of patients across borders within the bloc to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations spike in the continent.
Europe's East 29-10-2020

Ukraine launches ‘Crimean Platform’, Russia also invited

In an exclusive interview, Emine Dzhaparova, Ukraine's first deputy minister of foreign affairs, told EURACTIV about her country’s new initiative to keep the international community attention's focused on the occupation of Crimea by Russia.
Economy & Jobs 28-10-2020

Commission makes it clear: Same minimum wage for all EU countries is impossible

Commissioner Nicolas Schmit said on Wednesday (28 October) that if Bulgaria, the country with the lowest wages in the EU, were to introduce the same wages as his native Luxembourg, the very next day there would be “no Bulgarian economy”.
Coronavirus 28-10-2020

Ahead of COVID summit, Council chief calls for coordination to avoid a ‘tragedy’

European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday (27 October) urged member states to adopt the quicker antigen coronavirus testing method, common rules on virus management and to avoid vaccine "chaos".
Coronavirus 26-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E – There is a deeper wave than this

By Thursday, when EU leaders will hold their online summit to discuss the coronavirus situation, we could take a guess at how many of them will already be COVID-positive. The second wave, which was predicted but not averted, is sweeping through European societies and taking its toll.

EPP chief Tusk: ‘Borissov confessed to me, he made obvious mistakes’

The leader of the European People’s Party, Donald Tusk, said the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had “confessed" to him about a scandal with leaked photos allegedly revealing his hidden wealth. Tusk revealed no details but said that what he had heard sounded like “a crime movie”.
Politics 22-10-2020

Coronavirus second wave prompts virtual EU summit

European Union leaders will hold a video-conference next week to discuss how to better cooperate against the COVID-19 pandemic as infections rise, European Council President Charles Michel said on Wednesday (21 October).
Central Asia 21-10-2020

Kazakhstan to hold parliamentary elections in January

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a decree scheduling the parliamentary elections for the Majilis for 10 January 2021. The elections are seen as another step in the process of “controlled democratisation” of the former Soviet republic.
Global Europe 20-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ECPC – Is Biden or Trump better for the EU?

The answer seems obvious. The election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the US would be great news for the European Union, as it would hopefully herald a return to the “normal” in transatlantic relations, after a terrible...
Politics 20-10-2020

Jean-Claude Van Damme saves life of puppy in fake pet passport row

Action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme has come to the rescue of a three-month-old chihuahua, saving her from euthanasia on Monday (19 October) after a legal tussle between Norway and Bulgaria.
Energy 16-10-2020

Bulgaria calls for EU help to phase out coal

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a "plan" to support the country coal phase-out, saying Bulgaria's own capacity was insufficient to achieve the bloc's 2030 climate goals.
Coronavirus 15-10-2020

Von der Leyen leaves EU summit to self-isolate

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (15 October) left a summit attended by the bloc's 27 leaders after learning that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Politics 13-10-2020

The Brief, powered by logos – The watchdogs of democracy

European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová has called journalists “the watchdogs of democracy”. She was speaking at a conference dedicated to the media situation in Bulgariathe most problematic country in terms of media freedom in the EU.
Azerbaijan 12-10-2020

Russia brokers Karabakh ceasefire, EU voices ‘extreme concern’ over breaches

The EU diplomatic chief on Sunday (11 October) expressed his deep concern over reports of violations of a Russia-brokered ceasefire between warring neighbours Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

EPP sticks with Borissov in stormy debate over rule-of-law in Bulgaria

The European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the EU's centre-right political faction, maintained its support to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Monday (5 October) after a stormy  debate marked by online broadcast failures.
Azerbaijan 05-10-2020

The Brief, powered by CEN-CENELEC – Sleepwalking into a Caucasus war?

War is disastrous. Even for the big nations. The US feels nothing but terrible regret for having embarked onto the Vietnam War, the former Soviet Union for its Afghanistan disaster. On European territory, we suffered the Yugoslav wars in the...
Politics 05-10-2020

Von der Leyen in self-isolation for 24 hours

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is in self-isolation, after she was informed having been in contact with a person who tested COVID-19 positive.
Azerbaijan 02-10-2020

Macron demands Turkey explain ‘jihadists’ in Azerbaijan

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday (2 October) demanded that Turkey explain what he said was the arrival of jihadist fighters in Azerbaijan -- and urged NATO to face up to its ally's actions.

Jourová: Bulgarian government should take the protests very seriously

The European Commission Vice president for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, voiced clear support for the ongoing anti-corruption protests in Bulgaria on Wednesday (30 September), saying that the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov should take them “very seriously”.
Azerbaijan 30-09-2020

UN Security Council calls for Karabakh clashes to end ‘immediately’

The UN Security Council on Tuesday (29 September) called on Armenian and Azerbaijani forces to "immediately stop fighting" over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, after three days of deadly clashes, according to a statement seen by AFP.
Azerbaijan 28-09-2020

EU warns against outside interference in the Caucasus

The European Union warned regional powers on Monday (28 September) to stay away from renewed fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and condemned what it said was a "serious escalation" that may have "serious consequences for regional stability".
Europe's East 25-09-2020

Ukraine conference flops after controversial judge prompts EU no show

EU policymakers and civil servants cancelled their participation in an online conference dedicated to Ukraine when they learned the day before that a controversial high-ranking judge would sit on the Kyiv panel, EURACTIV has learned.
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