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Bulgaria Runs Risk by Not Submitting UN Top Job Candidacy - ex-FM

Bulgaria's delay in submitting a candidate to take over as UN Secretary General could dash Eastern Europe's chances for the office, former Foreign Minister Solomon Passy has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | January 18, 2016, Monday // 13:36 | Viewed: 3757

Is Overgas Crisis 'a Plot against Govt' or 'a Plot against Overgas'?

Overgas, Bulgaria's biggest private gas supplier, is currently counting on deliveries from state-owned Bulgargaz to fulfill the needs of its customers.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | January 4, 2016, Monday // 15:23 | Viewed: 2555

Former Bulgarian FM: Involving Geopolitics in Intra-Party Conflicts Is Dangerous

Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov warned against the dangers of justifying an intra-party conflict with geopolitics.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 28, 2015, Monday // 17:11 | Viewed: 2124

No Angels in the Battle for Bulgaria's Judicial Reform

Assumptions that the judicial reform has largely failed in Bulgaria are yet to stand or fail the test of time. The following overview of last week’s developments, one that requires some patience, is an attempt to explain why.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 15, 2015, Tuesday // 10:01 | Viewed: 2738

Bulgaria President 'Plans to Replace Bokova as Candidate for Un Top Job'

A pollster head has suggested Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is hoping for the replacement of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova with EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as a contender to take over the UN's top job next year.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 12, 2015, Saturday // 14:34 | Viewed: 2033

Bulgaria FM: EU Migrant Quotas Looking Ludicrous

Sofia will abide by its commitments to relocate migrants from the Middle East, but in light of recent developments the quota plan looks ludicrous at the moment, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 22, 2015, Sunday // 16:30 | Viewed: 5804

The Only Question Mark after Bulgaria's Local Elections

As we noted a week before the local elections held in Bulgaria on October 25 and November 1, Novinite wasn't really committed to in-depth coverage of the campaign and that was done on purpose. No substantial debate, no real battles of either personalities

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 4, 2015, Wednesday // 11:03 | Viewed: 5446

Why Low Turnout in Bulgaria’s E-Voting Referendum Is Really Disturbing

Go to any local pub or café in Sofia, pick a table, open a book and pretend to read while easvesdropping on tables next to you.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 29, 2015, Thursday // 08:00 | Viewed: 4503

Bulgaria Migrant Death: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

We know so little about the death of an Afghan migrant in Bulgaria we cannot afford taking "sides".

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 18, 2015, Sunday // 18:23 | Viewed: 5091

Migrant's Death in Bulgaria Calls into Question Turkey's Aid Request - MEP

Bulgarian MEP Svetoslav Malinov (EPP) has cast doubt over whether Ankara "deserves" the additional EUR 2-3 B it demands to tackle the migrant crisis.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 16, 2015, Friday // 12:54 | Viewed: 2880

Bulgaria as a Movie Setting? New Promotion Video Leaves Public Divided

A commercial video aimed at promoting Bulgaria as a tourist destination and officially unveiled on Sunday has left Bulgarians polarized.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 13, 2015, Tuesday // 11:34 | Viewed: 3440

Ivan Krastev: 'Kremlin Is in Syria for Pedagogical Reasons'

The notion of Russia as a “spoiling power” is a popular sentiment these days in Washington, Ivan Krastev, chairman of Bulgaria-based Center for Liberal Strategies, writes in the The New York Times.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 8, 2015, Thursday // 12:32 | Viewed: 3282

Sofia 'Not Reliable Partner about Turkish Stream'

It isn't worth holding negotiations with Bulgaria over its prospective inclusion in the Turkish Stream project after the country showed itself to be unpredictable, a Russian expert says.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 7, 2015, Wednesday // 14:46 | Viewed: 3305

Forbes Presents Story of Former Owner of Bulgaria's Collapsed Corpbank

In an article published in Forbes on Monday, Francis Coppola presents the story of the former owner of Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) – Tzvetan Vassilev.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 6, 2015, Tuesday // 14:18 | Viewed: 3186

David Clark: E. Europe Must Seize Its Opportunity to Name UN Chief  

The countries of Eastern Europe will need to start forging a common position on the person best placed to win broad international support if they want to grab the opportunity to name the next United Nations Secretary-General, David Clark, chair of the Rus

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 29, 2015, Tuesday // 21:47 | Viewed: 2942

Did Bulgaria Really Propose to Set Up a Migrant Hotspot?

Bulgaria, despite being relatively unaffected by the migrant crisis compared to neighboring states, managed to make several headlines last week, all containing the word "hotspot".

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 28, 2015, Monday // 07:37 | Viewed: 4310

Christian Bodewig: Migrants Could Help Economies of Europe’s Aging Nations

It appears ‘counterintuitive’ to oppose immigration for countries in central and eastern Europe facing the prospect of rapid decline in population due to high emigration and drops in fertility, Christian Bodewig argues in a blog post on the Brookings Inst

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 25, 2015, Friday // 13:27 | Viewed: 2865

Len Homeniuk’s Detention in Bulgaria Brings into Focus International Policy Issues

The extradition hearings surrounding the detention in Bulgaria of Leonard Homeniuk bring into focus three primary areas of international policy discussion connected to Interpol Red Notice.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 23, 2015, Wednesday // 17:23 | Viewed: 3466

Solomon Passy: Bulgaria Should Accept Migrants Educated Here

Bulgaria could accept with priority migrants who graduated in the country, former Foreign Minister Solomon Passy said on Wednesday.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 23, 2015, Wednesday // 10:09 | Viewed: 2785

'World Coalition' Is Needed to Fight Islamic State - UN Envoy

Europe should distinguish between people fleeing war and economic migrants Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations' special envoy to the Middle East, has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 16, 2015, Wednesday // 08:20 | Viewed: 3472

Ivan Krastev for NYT: Migration Crisis Provoking ‘Clash of Solidarities’

Why has the public in Eastern Europe remained unmoved – compared with Western Europe - by the pictures of the refrigerator truck found abandoned in Austria with 71 dead migrants inside or the drowned Syrian toddler washed ashore on a beach in Turkey?

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 9, 2015, Wednesday // 19:11 | Viewed: 6637