Der Spiegel: Germany Fears Russia's Influence in Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: Der Spiegel: Germany Fears Russia's Influence in Bulgaria Der Spiegel claims Bulgarian politicians are highl influenced by Moscow, citing a first-reading approval in Parliament of amendments favouring Gazprom in the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline. Photo by BGNES

The original article is from German magazine Der Spiegel's website

Berlin is concerned over a growing influence of Russia on the government in Bulgaria, Germany's Der Spiegel has argued in an article.

It says Moscow is developing Sofia as a bridgehead into the EU. The relations are, according to information of [Der] Spiegel, so close that Russia directly influences the legislation.

Internal reports from the German government are warning that a third of the economic output in the country is directly controlled by Moscow.

The information, as the prominent magazine writes, comes from German intelligence sources.

The coalition forged by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the "party of the Turkish minority DPS" (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) "rates as a true helper of Moscow. In the government parties old communist party cadres, secret service collaborators and mega-rich oligarchs making business with Putin's minions are active", Der Spiegel also claims, citing the sources.

It reminds of recently emerged reports of strictly confidential letters from the Russian energy concern Gazprom to the Economy Ministry in Sofia, which proposed legislation versions regarding the construction of the South Stream pipeline.

Der Spiegel also reports that the government, however, has snubbed the European Commission, which warned against the move and has thus prompted a meeting between Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger and the Bulgarian Economy Minster Dragomir Stoynev in which the matter was discussed.

"If Bulgaria and really decides on the legal changes, we will respond appropriately and will take the legal steps to guarantee the compliance with EU rules," Oettinger was quoted by the magazine as saying.

Despite qualms over the growing Russian influence, Martin Schulz, the candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) for EU Commissioner, came to Sofia for an election even of the ruling Socialists in Sofia, the article concludes, arguing that the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will to the same at the beginning of next week to support the ruling party's campaign.

(Note: Lawmakers did vote in favour of amendments changing the South Stream section entering Bulgarian waters as part of the gas interconnection grid, thus barring access to it by third parties, a move that, as some suggest, could contravene EU law. Bulgaria's Reformist Bloc claimed last week it had obtained documents proving Gazprom's role in the legislation, but is yet to defend its allegations.)

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Fr Jack Hackett - 7 Jun 2014 // 18:31:54

But there is a German Empire and it is called the EU

malak petko - 6 Jun 2014 // 17:22:08

Germans are the greatest problem of United Europe. They are lacking humanitarian perception of the world. They are arrogant and selfish. It is easy for them to hate ..very difficult to show compassion..

There are even unable to pretend that they show compassion.
Why there was not Great German empire in Europe?????? after all Germans are the most numerous in the West and the Central Europe?
Why there was not German colonial empire.... British built it nearly without a war???
Because of the arrogance, cruelty and malignancy the Germance demonstrate.

The energy politics that EU imposed, mainly under German pressure is one of the most significant problems for Europe.

for us??
how we will repay photovoltaic investments valuing at least 15 000 000 000 levs???
How this investments contributed to the economic rise of Europe..???
I blame local idiots and EU bureaucrats for that.. but the best to blame are the Germans..

who need this union that kills him?

bad history - 13 May 2014 // 15:11:43

in ww2 Bg being neutral was best bet when Soviet army invaded adn Communists seized power on 9 september what choice did BG have but to figt against Germans that was part of the deal with Red army so no Red troops in BG in return for fighting

sa-sha - 13 May 2014 // 11:32:54

To News Flash: "the role of the Carthaginians" is played today, with a great deal of diligence, by Western leaders.....and it is not the news flash, but the notorious and unpleasant for them truth. Think that "those Russians" have no smallest reason to interfere into that process ;-)

News Flash - 13 May 2014 // 09:36:36

World War II ended almost 70 years ago. The more recently ended war is the Cold War. Do the Russians wish to play the role of the Carthaginians?

News Flash - 13 May 2014 // 09:33:08

The only witches in Bulgaria are Russian witches. Now I've got nothing against witches....

Optimistic - 13 May 2014 // 08:49:28

A German witch hunt.

Germany has never forgiven Bulgaria for the great job it did in world war 2.

First Bulgaria was neutral, Germany forced it to become an ally and when Bulgaria got the chance it joined Russia and the Allies in fighting Germany.

Bulgaria created an army of 440,000 to fight the Germans and unfortunately 35,000 were killed.

Countries like Hungary and Romania contributed soldiers to the German army to fight the Russians, Bulgaria didn't.

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