Georgi Gotev

Politics 16-02-2018

The Brief – Juncker’s mysterious ways

The Commission used to be the best at pointing out Bulgaria’s shortcomings. But is no longer the case, since Jean-Claude Juncker started offering his political friend Boyko Borissov a permanent indulgence, of the kind the Roman Catholic Church was selling in the middle ages. 
Freedom of thought 16-02-2018

Borissov gets preview of the perfect storm

In just one day, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, has embroiled himself in a spat with the country's president, been offered Russian citizenship and seen some of his pet projects crumble before his eyes.
Enlargement 15-02-2018

Germany reassures Kosovo it is not treated unfairly

Serbia will need to accept the independence of Kosovo, its former province, in order to join the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated in Pristina late yesterday (14 February).
Politics 12-02-2018

Ska Keller’s extraordinary Bulgarian experience reverberates in Brussels

The presidents of the European Commission and Parliament have personally expressed support to Ska Keller, co-president of the GREEN/EFA group in the European Parliament, following her extraordinary and unpleasant experience in Bulgaria, the country that holds the rotating EU Presidency.
Azerbaijan 09-02-2018

Azerbaijan-EU Council takes place after three year gap

The European Union and Azerbaijan today (9 February) held their 15th Cooperation Council, a high point in relations intended to be held annually, after a three year gap. .
09-02-2018

The Brief – This time has to be different

‘This time is different’ was the motto for the last European Parliament elections in 2014. And a few things were different, indeed. For the first time, the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process led to the election of the Commission President. Apart from that, it was the same old story: few people could be bothered to vote and turnout hit an all-time low of 42.54%.
Elections 08-02-2018

Pressure builds on Bulgarian Presidency to deliver on European election law

The next European elections will take place in May 2019 and pressure is building to change the electoral law, which has been the same since European elections were held for the first time in 1976.
Global Europe 08-02-2018

Turkey to press for visa-free travel at Varna summit

EU diplomats expect Turkey to press the issue of visa liberalisation during the upcoming summit in Varna on 26 March. It is still unclear if this is a real priority for Ankara or just negotiating tactics as part of a bigger picture.

MEPs grill Romania’s government in absentia

Procedural problems prevented Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader from addressing the European Parliament's plenary session on Wednesday (7 February) and explaining the government’s current judiciary reforms, which many MEPs see as a threat to the rule of law.

Rutte pours cold water on Bulgaria’s Schengen and Eurozone dreams

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte poured cold water on Bulgaria’s ambition to unlock its stalled bid to join the EU border-free Schengen area on Tuesday (6 February) and said the country also needed more work to meet the criteria for joining the Eurozone.
Enlargement 06-02-2018

The Brief – Enlargement Blues Redux

The EU is so rich in good quotes. Some are so good they can apply for a very, very long time. Today's Western Balkans developments provided a trip down memory lane.

EU flags fraud and corruption in refugee settlements in Uganda

The EU delegation in Uganda said yesterday (5 February) it has identified allegations of malfeasance and corruption in managing refugee assistance programs in Uganda, and had  alerted the country’s government.