Georgi Gotev

Elections 20-01-2022

UK PM Johnson drops COVID-19 restrictions

People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally.
Central Asia 18-01-2022

Kazakh FM: We had no choice but to call the Russian troops

Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi said on Tuesday (18 January) the situation in his country was normalising, following the unrest that shook it in the first days of the new year, and Russian troops, which he said helped prevent a possible coup d'etat, were withdrawing.
China 14-01-2022

UN chief to attend opening of Beijing Winter Olympics

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday (13 January) that he would attend the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics next month with the message that the event "must be an instrument of peace in the world."
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill fails in US Senate, Menendez tables alternative legislation

The US Senate on Thursday (13 January) failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.
Future EU 13-01-2022

French EU presidency has hope for Conference on Future of Europe

The EU needs to reflect on current mechanisms, legislation, and processes, and the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) will not fail, a senior French official has said in a rare show of support for the fledgling democratic exercise.
Elections 12-01-2022

Anti-vaxxers try to storm Bulgaria’s parliament

Anti-vaxxers rallied by the pro-Russian party ‘Vazrazhdane” tried to storm the Bulgarian parliament building on Wednesday (12 January) on the same day the country peaked with the highest-ever confirmed number of COVID-19 infections.
Central Asia 12-01-2022

Insider’s account: The Kazakhstan unrest

A trusted EURACTIV source in Almaty gave a rare first-hand account of the Kazakhstan unrest that shook up the Central Asian country in the first days of 2022.
Enlargement 11-01-2022

EU ‘regrets’ Serbian PM participation in Bosnian Serb nationalist extravaganza

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić attended the “Days of Republika Srpska” celebrations in the Serb half of neighbouring Bosnia, an inflammatory extravaganza condemned by the European Union.
Central Asia 10-01-2022

EU ministers to consider measures over Kazakh crackdown

EU foreign ministers will this week discuss possible measures to respond to the crackdown against anti-government protests in Kazakhstan over the past week, a French minister said on Sunday (9 January).
Global Europe 07-01-2022

Geopolitics looms large at French presidency launch

The unrest in Kazakhstan, the tensions around Ukraine and the need to have a credible European policy vis-à-vis Russia dominated the high point of the inauguration of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU.
EU-China 06-01-2022

Beijing Olympics boycott: France vows to coordinate EU position

France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, will try to reach a common EU position concerning the participation of politicians at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on 4 February.
Central Asia 06-01-2022

Europe voices concern over unrest in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan declared a nationwide state of emergency and promised a tough crackdown on Wednesday (5 January) as mass unrest plunged the country into chaos.
Central Asia 05-01-2022

Kazakh president removes ex-leader Nazarbayev from post amid unrest

Kazakhstan's president stripped his powerful predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev of a role as head of the country's security council on Wednesday (5 December) after demonstrators stormed and torched public buildings in the republic's worst unrest for more than a decade.
Energy 28-12-2021

Pundits: Foul play on the Bulgarian gas market profits Russia

The Bulgarian state-owned gas import company Bulgargaz wrote to the State National Security Agency (DANS) to report that competing interests seek to sabotage by jeopardising the agreement between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan on importing 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Central Asia 28-12-2021

Kazakhstan to maintain ties, avoid humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan

The minister of trade of Kazakhstan, Bakhyt Sultanov, visited Kabul over the weekend, this being the second such high-level visit recently, after Erzhan Kazykhan, the special representative of Kazakhstan's president, also called held talks with the Taliban.
Energy 22-12-2021

Ukraine’s Naftogaz complains to EU over Gazprom’s abuse of dominant position

The Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz filed on Wednesday (22 December) a competition law complaint with the European Commission against Russia’s Gazprom for "abusing its dominant position" on the European gas market, calling on EU authorities to take immediate measures to normalise the situation.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Putin vows tough response over US buildup in Ukraine, Eastern Europe

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (21 December) that Russia had no room to retreat in a standoff with the United States over Ukraine and would be forced into a tough response unless the West dropped its “aggressive line”. Putin...
EU-India 21-12-2021

India woos Central Asian countries in geopolitical race for influence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries in New Delhi on Monday (20 December) in what appears to be an effort to compete with the influence of other geopolitical players in the region: Russia, China, and Pakistan.
Enlargement 17-12-2021

European Parliament denounces Chinese influence, ‘modern slavery’ in Serbia

EU lawmakers on Thursday (16 December) discussed “modern slavery” in Serbia, notably the reports about forced labour in the Chinese Linglong tyre factory in the city of Zrenjanin. A resolution denouncing Chinese influence was passed, with the support of all major political groups.
Enlargement 14-12-2021

New Bulgarian PM proposes ‘very fast process’ to lift North Macedonia veto

The new Bulgarian government will propose a "very fast" new process that should help Sofia lift its veto and unlock the start of neighbouring North Macedonia's EU accession negotiations, Bulgaria's new prime minister, Kiril Petkov, has told the Financial Times. The announcement was welcomed by Skopje.
Energy 13-12-2021

New German government repeats old fallback positions on Nord Stream 2

The new German chancellor and the foreign minister made statements over the weekend, which didn’t signal a shift of policy with respect to the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline compared to the positions of the Merkel administration.
Global Europe 06-12-2021

Putin and Modi discuss trade, humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Monday (6 December), with trade and the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan both on the agenda.
China 03-12-2021

China stops Lithuanian goods at customs, Commission ‘collects information’

China has banned Lithuanian products from entering the Chinese market amid growing tensions, according to Lithuanian media on Thursday (2 December). The European Commission said it is still gathering information and will return to the matter later.
Global Europe 29-11-2021

Classified document sheds light on US-Germany Nord Stream 2 conciliation effort

A classified document which was made public reveals how Berlin is working with Washington to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.