Europe extends from Vigo to Varna, said the EC president
We need to open the Schengen area of free movement to Bulgaria and Romania immediately, said President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address. Juncker mentioned Bulgaria multiple times in his speech before the EP in Strasbourg. The EC president called for all Member States to shoulder some of the responsibility for the protection of the bloc’s external borders. Bulgaria, Italy and Spain cannot be left alone in providing border security, he noted.
Not even 72 hours have passed from the moment, at which the Prosecutor’s Office had sent the indictment against the renegade banker Tsvetan Vasilev to the court, when the oligarch Ivo Prokopiev personally vowed to conduct the Fake News Factory.
 
The European Commission has been dragged into an egregious lie shamelessly produced by the fake news factory of the energy oligarch Ivo Prokopiev. The news website Dnevnik, owned by the currently indicted Prokopiev, recently published an article regarding the new campaign against fake news launched by the European External Action Service (EEAS).
 
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Sofia, Berlin discuss bilateral relations
 
In the currently dynamic situation in Europe, Bulgaria has emerged as a major and reliable partner of Germany within the European Union. We will support the country’s efforts in ensuring the security of the EU’s external border, said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev in Malta. The two heads of state arrived in Valletta earlier than needed for the Arraiolos meeting in order to discuss the state and perspectives of bilateral relations. 
Both presidents are in agreement that the EU needs unity and decisive measures aimed at upholding democratic values in Member States. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier accepted an invitation from his Bulgarian counterpart for an official visit to the country next year.

MRF to host ALDE summit
 
The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) is set to host the leaders of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) for their annual meeting in the spring of 2018. ALDE is an alliance of parties and politicians espousing liberal and democratic values from over 30 European countries. The decision to make Sofia a host was made at the last session of the ALDE leadership, a member of which is MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, representing MRF. 
The event is expected to be attended by prime ministers, European commissioners and political leaders from the liberal family. The forum will place an emphasis on the priorities of Bulgaria’s EU presidency, the future of the bloc, and Brexit, but it will also present the liberals’ nominations for the next president of the European Commission, who will have to be voted following the European Parliament elections in 2019. 

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