Rumyana Kotchanova (9)

  • Dimitar Toshkov: Improving the democratic legitimacy of EU is feasible

    Dimitar Toshkov: Improving the democratic legitimacy of EU is feasible

    Despite popular misconceptions, the European Council, which is composed of the national heads of state or government, and the Council of Ministers, which is composed of national ministers, remain the most important institutions in the EU. Corporate interests find different ways to influence the legislative process in the bloc, and not all of these channels go through the Commission. Lobbyists also fulfil vital functions in a democracy by providing information to MEPs and policy makers about the likely effects of policies, says Dimitar Toshkov, social scientist, in an interview to Europost.

  • H.E. Marjan Gjorchev: We, on the Balkans, are cosmopolitans

    H.E. Marjan Gjorchev: We, on the Balkans, are cosmopolitans

    The people on the Balkans have developed a multicultural model, and this is a value which we can share with the EU communities. It is fair to say that Bulgaria has seized a leading role in the EU accession process of the other Balkan countries, Marjan Gjorchev, ambassador of North Macedonia to Bulgaria says in an interview to Europost.

  • Macron needs new clothes

    Macron needs new clothes

    The election of former investment banker Emmanuel Macron as President of France in 2017 resulted from the wish of the greater part of French society to see a real change in the country, a strive for higher morals in politics, a revival of economy and a safer life. But it was also the impact of fear that the far-right forces represented by their leader Marine Le Pen - who reached the runoff - might win, as well as of weakness and inadequacy of the traditional political parties. The economic press in Europe lauded him as talented reformer and a new face of the European liberalism.

  • Dobrin Ivanov: We need a new EU strategy, not divisions

    Dobrin Ivanov: We need a new EU strategy, not divisions

    Europe on different speeds, tracks and other similar options are unacceptable to the Bulgarian business because they would mean our country being condemned to the periphery of Europe. We are concerned that if the Eurozone is capsulated with its own budget and policies, it will be even harder for us to join it, Dobrin Ivanov, Executive Director of Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA) says in an interview to Europost.

  • Hypocrisy is Europe's weakness

    Hypocrisy is Europe's weakness

    The European Union is not inclined to impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia but sanctions may be imposed on specific Saudi citizens responsible for human rights violations. This sentiment was expressed by Belgium's Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders last Wednesday, as cited by local media. At present, Paris, Madrid and London are not willing to move towards an embargo, Reynders said after a meeting with his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt.

  • Official turned-to-be reformer

    Official turned-to-be reformer

    First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, a close ally of current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has become the latest in a growing list of candidates who hope to hold the top job following next year's European election. The Dutchman secured the necessary support from German socialists and other left EU parties, members of the Party of European Socialists. Timmermans, 57, who has been serving as the EU commissioner for Better Regulation, Inter-institutional Relations, the Rule of Law, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights since 2014, will battle Slovakian diplomat and EC Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, who is in charge of Energy Union. All nominations must be announced by 18 October and the group of socialists is expected to choose its lead candidate in December.