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“Freedom of the press, freedom of association, the inviolability of domicile, and all the rest of the rights of man are respected so long as no one tries to use them against the privileged class. On the day they are launched against the privileged they are overthrown.” (Prince Peter Kropotkin) Different aspects of freedom are… » read more

The V4+ Energy Summit held in Budapest on 24-26 February ended in a joint declaration signed by the V4 plus Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the perspective member state Croatia (along with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina). If these countries show such unity as they had in the March 2009 economic crisis summit, it can put a… » read more

Bulgarian agriculture minister Miroslav Naydenov described the ’swaps’ as “the biggest theft” in Bulgaria’s tormented transition from communism to a market economy. I agree with him. Under the so-called ’swaps’, local authorities authorise the exchange of privately-owned low-rated land with state-owned parcels located in the most attractive tourist locations. Those who benefited from the scheme… » read more

This story about Bulgarian commissioner-designate Kristalina Georgieva was published by EurActiv on 4th February 2010. Bulgarian commissioner-designate Kristalina Georgieva scored high marks at a European Parliament confirmation hearing yesterday (3 February), earning repeated applause from MEPs across party lines and paving the way for the approval of the Barroso II team next week in Strasbourg.… » read more

I told the Bulgarian commissioner-designate Kristalina Georgieva that I was receiving compliments for her performance at yesterday’s hearing. I did not deserve those compliments, but those present who knew me apparently felt how proud I was as a Bulgarian for her performance. I knew that she was familiar with the portfolio, so what I liked… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Šefcovic eases through hearing, fends off accusations‘: Political Situation and Overall Social and Economic Background 2009’s most important political event in Bulgaria was the general election of July 5. 07. 2009 which the GERB political party won in a landslide. Ever since the majority government party got the support of the smaller right-wing… » read more

The following article about Rumiana Jeleva was published by EurActiv on 19th January 2010. Commissioner-designate Rumiana Jeleva was the CEO of a company established by the former communist secret services in Liechtenstein, a leading socialist MEP told EurActiv yesterday (18 January) as the European Parliament’s legal service appeared to clear Jeleva of any wrongdoing. Ivaylo… » read more

SOFIA (Reuters) – Hundreds of Bulgarians protested Thursday against planned legal amendments allowing mass monitoring of emails, electronic messages and phone calls to fight crime and corruption. Under the changes to the electronic messages law, approved by parliament at first reading, Internet providers and mobile phone operators would be obliged to provide to police non-stop… » read more

The race between the two EU’s eastern gas pipelines is going on while next winter can again show some supply problems via Ukraine. South Stream got latest boost on 11th November 2009 as Russia’s Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko and Slovenian Economy Minister Matej Lahovnik signed an agreement on the passage of the South […]

A common utterance “money talks” is sometimes used also related to elections. One could suppose that if voting matters the parties or candidates are investing more to win elections. Normal marketing is sometimes not guaranteeing enough votes so in many societies more crude means are used such as election fraud/rigging, non-transparent and illegal political campaign… » read more

The leaders of the Blue Coalition, Ivan Kostov and Martin Dimitrov, asked the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to send observers to the forthcoming elections for the European Parliament (June, 7th) and national parliament (July, 5th) in Bulgaria. The reason for this is the refusal of the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday… » read more

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