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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: 1553

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: 4159

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: 3128

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: 3784

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: 1622

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: 2101

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: 2047

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: 2073

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: 1781

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: 1728

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: 3066

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: 1635

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: 2193

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: 1511

'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: 2253

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: 5396

Russia's Overflight Request to Bulgaria 'Part of Propaganda War'

The Russian request to Bulgaria for an overflight of "humanitarian aid" planes en route to Syria was part of a propaganda war the country is waging, a former Foreign Minister has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 9, 2015, Wednesday // 11:36 | Viewed: 1717

Bulgaria's Ex-FinMin: Orban Uses Migrant Crisis to Reverse Decreasing Popularity

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has skillfully exploited the weak response of the EU towards the migrant crisis in order to reverse his decreasing popularity at home.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 7, 2015, Monday // 18:21 | Viewed: 1980

David Hampson: Leonard Homeniuk’s Bad Luck*

*This is the English-language version of an opinion piece by David Hampson about the fate of  Leonard Homeniuk, a former CEO of Toronto-based Centerra Gold mining company , which is developing Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 1, 2015, Tuesday // 19:39 | Viewed: 2871

Turkey's IS/PKK Strategy 'in Service of Erdogan's Unbounded Ambition'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to reverse June's electoral outcome and secure another parliamentary majority and this explains his interest in fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, Politico magazine says.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | August 22, 2015, Saturday // 13:38 | Viewed: 2835

What Putin's Recent Remarks Tell about Russia-Bulgaria Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent ramarks about relations with Bulgaria have prompted mixed signals from Bulgarian analysts.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | August 19, 2015, Wednesday // 12:42 | Viewed: 4055