Bulgarian dissident takes stock of 30 years of ‘criminal’ transition

By |november 8th, 2019|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, corruption, fall of the Berlin Wall, News|

Petar Boyadjiev, a Bulgarian dissident and political refugee living in France, has talked to EURACTIV Bulgaria about his “disgust” with people in power in his native country, who he says waste or misappropriate EU funds instead of using them to the benefit of society.

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Media-shy Czech mogul buys TV empire spanning in 5 EU countries

By |oktober 29th, 2019|Bulgaria, Czech Republic, media freedom, News, oligarchs, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia|

The PPF investment group owned by Petr Kellner, who keeps a low profile despite being the Czech Republic's wealthiest man, said Monday (28 October) it had sealed a deal for the CME media group running 30 TV stations in five Central European states.

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MEP Novakov: EU Cohesion policy needs a tough lady like Elisa Ferreira to defend it

By |oktober 28th, 2019|Brexit, Bulgaria, cohesion policy, Elisa Ferreira, EU budget 2021-2027, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, own resources, rule of law, Slovakia|

Rule of law should be a matter of respect everywhere, not only in the Cohesion Policy. But ordinary beneficiaries should not be held responsible for the action of the whole country infringing common EU standards, MEP Andrey Novakov told EURACTIV Slovak...

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Bulgaria appoints new chief prosecutor amid protests

By |oktober 25th, 2019|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, corruption, CVM, Ivan Geshev, Jean-Claude Juncker, justice reform, mafia, News, Rumen Radev, Sotir Tsatsarov|

Bulgaria on Thursday (24 October) appointed a new chief prosecutor despite months-long protests against the sole nominee for the post. After an all-day hearing, the 25-member Supreme Judicial Council, the country’s top judicial body, voted in Ivan Geshev for a...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Bulgaria appoints new chief prosecutor amid protests

All eyes on France after inconclusive enlargement summit debate

By |oktober 18th, 2019|Albania, Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, Gitanas Nauseda, Marine Le Pen, News, North Macedonia, Prespa agreement, Western Balkans|

After a long night of inconclusive discussions, EU heads of state are set to return to the EU enlargement issue today (18 October). All eyes are on France, as Emmanuel Macron's position has so far been the major stumbling block for opening accession ta...

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Life in Bulgaria, after Brexit – a ‘no-brainer’ for expats

By |oktober 15th, 2019|Brexit, Bulgaria, Expats, News|

The village of Radyuvene is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of UK urban life. But it is home to Beynon and Sue Darley, who swapped Guildford, a town 40 km south of London, where they worked as foster carers for children coming into care, for a ram...

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VW puts on hold plan for 1 bln car factory in Turkey over Syria incursion

By |oktober 15th, 2019|Bulgaria, Donald Trump, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Rossen Plevneliev, State aid, Syria war, Turkey, US sanctions, Volkswagen|

Volkswagen has postponed the decision on opening a new car factory in Turkey against the background of the Turkish military offensive in Syria. "The final decision for the new plant was postponed by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG," a company ...

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Bulgaria PM will ask EU leaders to stop criticising Erdogan

By |oktober 14th, 2019|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Common Asylum policy, Donald Tusk, EU summit, Gulenists, human rights, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, refugee crisis, Syrian war, Turkey|

European Council President Donald Tusk strongly opposed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday (11 October), warning him to stop blackmailing Europe. A day earlier, Erdoğan had threatened to send 3.6 million refugees to Europe if leaders continued to call...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Bulgaria PM will ask EU leaders to stop criticising Erdogan

EU concerned at migrant wave triggered by Turkey’s planned Syria invasion

By |oktober 9th, 2019|Bulgaria, Cyprus, ethnic cleansing, Greece, Kurds, News, refugee crisis, Syria war, Turkey|

Germany warned on Tuesday (8 October) of a repeat of the chaotic influx of migrants that caught the European Union unprepared in 2015, while Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus sounded the alarm over a resurgence of arrivals from neighbouring Turkey.

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Le Pen’s Bulgarian ally under the spotlight for cross-border medicine trafficking

By |oktober 7th, 2019|Bulgaria, Germany, investigative journalism, Marine Le Pen, News, traffic with medicines, transborder crime, Turkey, United States, Vesselin Mareshki|

Vesselin Mareshki gained international prominence when French far-right leader Marine le Pen chose him as her political ally in Bulgaria. But things started to go wrong when Mareshki lost the European elections in May. Now, judges have recognised him a...

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