• Post-Lisbon Period: Who Pulls the Strings on the European Foreign Policy?

    By on April 4, 2012
    The Treaty of Lisbon introduces two important elements into the institutional architecture of the European Union – the figure of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European External Action Service that will assist the High Representative. Besides those two, the Treaty creates the post of the Permanent President of the Council of the European Union.
  • LyBIA: Dealing with the Past, Winning the Future 

    By on March 31, 2012
    Since the end of the hostilities that led to the ousting of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya has been undergoing a post-authoritarian political transition. Although the internal drive for reforms is present, it remains unclear whether this transition will be successful. To guarantee such an outcome, the country needs to embark on substantial reforms.
  • East Sights on the West Side

    By on June 19, 2011
    Imagine that you are responsible for taking an important decision that will change the life of thousands of people. Imagine that you are not alone in taking this decision. There are 26 fellows that should have exactly the same opinion on the topic you have to decide. Now, imagine that you have promised something not that long ago and it is hard to take a step back.
  • The Story of Coffee

    By on July 8, 2010
    Since seeing cafes full with people drinking coffee in the middle of the workday I arrived in Bulgaria, I keep suspecting that Bulgarian economy and society are very much kafence-driven. Not only here, though, coffee isn’t just a beverage or commodity. Coffee has influenced societies throughout history, and the impact on Muslims and Christians is revealingly similar.
  • ‘Roma’ Seminar in Sofia

    By on June 28, 2010
    The French and Italian Ambassadors- Mr. de Poncins and Mr.
  • The Missing Link in the Eurozone Governance Debate

    By on May 27, 2010
    To me it is apparent that the debate is triangular – among the Commission, the ECB, and the European Council, leaving one player out. The European Parliament, that is. The President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy proposed a “crisis cabinet”. He said that “there is not much hierarchy or organic links between the main players and the main institutions”.
  • The Crisis of the Euro – Where Did We Go Wrong?

    By on May 20, 2010
    I am not an economist. But the warnings against the current EU approach towards the eurozone crisis come from too many places. The German government is on the forefront of an attempt to restrict the volatility of the euro exchange rate. First, the German financial regulator BaFin placed a unilateral ban on naked short-selling of eurozone sovereign debt instruments, with little effect.
  • Dada Cultural Bar : the new Art place in town

    By on May 20, 2010
    Dada Cultural was founded in September 2009 to encourage and promote high-quality artistic activities and cultural cooperation across different countries, borders and boundaries. Our commitment is to the whole of Europe and its neighbouring regions. The owners believe that culture engages and inspires people to transcend boundaries.
  • The Turkey accession to the EU?:The Rebate of the Debate

    By on Feb. 28, 2010
    We were tempted to start this blog entry by retelling you a scene from “Pearl” ("Gumus") but we couldn’t. Why? Simply because none of us has even a clue what the plot is about or has watched a series. For better or for worse, it has turned out that this is what defines the Bulgarian public opinion on Turkey. To be or not to be?
  • The Growing “European Family” From the Dream to the Reality

    By on Feb. 27, 2010
    In the past Europe was the most controversial continent and nowadays is one of the most peaceful and powerful regions, that still searches to find its unification and completeness. Since 1950 with the European Coal and Steel Community, created to preserve the peace, the EU started to build it’s “pyramid of soft power”, supported by the United States of America, which needed stable Europe.