At EU summit, Borissov deplores ‘terrible’ Russian cyberattacks on Bulgaria

By |oktober 18th, 2018|Boyko Borissov, Brexit, Bulgarian Presidency, cyber-attacks, Cybersecurity, Donald Tusk, elections, Hard Brexit, hybrid war, News, Russia|

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov disclosed on Wednesday (17 October) that his country had been targeted by “terrible” Russian cyberattacks before its EU presidency.

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Bulgaria police raids EU Presidency hotel in Sofia

By |september 3rd, 2018|Bulgaria, Bulgarian Presidency, corruption, News|

Police uncovered on Friday (31 August) over 10 million leva (€5 million) in cash from hotels owned by a rich businessman in Sofia and in Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv. A prosecutor reportedly said he had never seen anything of the kind in his whole career.

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Czech MEPs downplay V4 role in EU’s migration policy change

By |avgust 30th, 2018|Austrian elections, Bulgarian Presidency, Czech Republic, Dublin regulation, European Parliament, far right, FPO, News, refugee crisis, Sebastian Kurz, Visegrad Four|

The EU is finally heading the way we are proposing in terms of migration policy, the Visegrád Group countries say. But two Czech MEPs point out that the V4’s contribution to the change may be limited and other factors should be considered as well.

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Istanbul Convention ‘unconstitutional’ in Bulgaria

By |julij 27th, 2018|Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Presidency, domestic violence, Gender, Istanbul Convention, News, populism, violence against women and girls|

The Bulgarian Constitutional Court voted on Friday (27 July) to declare the Istanbul Convention unconstitutional. The Convention is the first instrument in Europe to create a comprehensive framework for the protection of women and girls from all forms ...

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The Bulgarian Presidency: more about style than substance

By |julij 13th, 2018|Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Presidency, Dublin Convention, Eurozone, News, refugee crisis, Schengen, Western Balkans|

With no major faux pas or any ground-breaking policy change to speak of, Bulgaria’s first term as EU President is unlikely to go down in the annals of history. Yet Sofia can nevertheless look back on its six months in office with a sense of satisfaction, writes Vladislava Gubalova.

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Bulgaria’s PM decries organisation of EU summit

By |junij 29th, 2018|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Bulgarian Presidency, EUCO, Migration, News|

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov expressed his outrage on Friday (29 June) that the first day of the EU summit lasted until 5 am and that preparatory work was not taken into account.

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EU puts ‘North Macedonia’ and Albania on hold until the European elections

By |junij 27th, 2018|Albania, Austrian Presidency, Bulgarian Presidency, Edi Rama, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, European elections, France, Greece, Jean Asselborn, Johannes Hahn, Macedonia, Nato, NATO summit, Netherlands, News, Nikos Kotzias, Russia, Western Balkans, Zoran Zaev|

The European Union painfully agreed a compromise yesterday (26 June) according to which it would open negotiations to join the bloc with Albania and Macedonia starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.

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Bulgaria under fire for ill-treatment of asylum-seekers

By |junij 26th, 2018|Afghanistan, asylum policy, Asylum seekers, Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Presidency, EU summit, European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament, France, Greens, human dignity, News, refugee crisis, Torture, xenophobia|

French lawyers will file a complaint against Bulgaria and ask the European Commission to start an infringement procedure for inhumane treatment of asylum seekers by the country’s authorities, the Green/EFA group announced on Tuesday (26 June).

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Tensions build ahead of hastily prepared migration meeting

By |junij 22nd, 2018|Angela Merkel, Austrian Presidency, Bulgarian Presidency, CSU, Dublin System, Emmanuel Macron, EU summit, European asylum policy, German coalition, German elections 2017, Giuseppe Conte, Italian elections 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, refugee crisis, Sebastian Kurz, Viktor Orbán, Visegrad Four|

Jean-Claude Juncker's invitation to a handful of EU leaders for an informal mini-summit on Sunday (27 June) to discuss migration and asylum appears to have raised more issues than the meeting can solve.

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Penka the cow – a buzz that eclipsed the Bulgarian Presidency

By |junij 8th, 2018|Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Presidency, buzz, EU bureaucracy, Euroscepticism, News, populism, social media|

The case of Penka the cow got the unprecedented attention of the world media, so much so that a Bulgarian columnist wrote it had outshone the official highlights of the country’s EU Presidency.  But it was mostly used by British tabloids, which turned it into a symbol of the blatant bureaucracy imposed by Brussels.

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