Nadia Ilieva (83)

  • Multifaced populism challenges Brussels

    Multifaced populism challenges Brussels

    Last month the European Commission made an unprecedented move and rejected Italy's 2019 budget plan. Since it was endowed with this right in 2013, the Commission exercised it for the first time. In terms of economic development, Italy is the Eurozone's third power.

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  • Internet is powerful weapon in fight against human trafficking

    Internet is powerful weapon in fight against human trafficking

    A regional meeting on improving southeastern European cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings via internet-based technologies is taking place in Sofia this week. The forum is organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of Bulgaria (NCCTHB) with the collaboration of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs of France.

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  • Germany clinches a deal with Italy to return migrants

    Germany clinches a deal with Italy to return migrants

    After weeks of negotiations Germany finalized an agreement with Italy to return migrants who are intercepted at the German border, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday, DPA reported. "The deal with Italy is closed. It is just missing two signatures, from the Italian colleague and from me," Seehofer told the German parliament, in reference to his counterpart, Matteo Salvini.

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  • EU's main priority is to end impunity for human trafficking

    EU's main priority is to end impunity for human trafficking

    I participated in the Sofia forum following the invitation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, and I am very pleased to see the engagement of different stakeholders on this issue. The Bulgarian National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) has been actively promoting cooperation with the Informal Network of National Anti-trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and its Secretariat.

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  • Populists take charge of Italy

    Populists take charge of Italy

    The political crisis in Italy found a controversial solution later last week as the country's two populist parties, winners in March parliamentary vote, received once again mandate to form a cabinet with the same PM, Giuseppe Conte, who was earlier rejected by President Sergio Mattarella over the nomination of anti-euro economist Paolo Savona in his team. Markets accepted positively the latest news from Rome, in difference of their reaction after the first attempt of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right anti-migrant League to form a so-called “cabinet of change”. On Tuesday, the euro had plunged to its lowest level since July 2017, and the spread between Italy's 10-year BTP bond and the German Bund dropped to 261 basis points. Under intensified outside pressure, President Sergio Mattarella has proposed an alternative - a temporary government under the leadership of IMF veteran Carlo Cottarelli until new elections can be held.

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  • Western Balkans have historic opportunity

    Western Balkans have historic opportunity

    EC President Jean-Claude Juncker noted during one of his most recent visits to Sofia on 1 March that Bulgaria has been impressive with the quality of its work during its first ever Presidency of the Council of the EU. Let me point to several examples of what has been accomplished by the Bulgarian diplomacy and administration.

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