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Bodies of 18 migrants found abandoned in truck
Bulgaria, Human Rights

Bodies of 18 migrants found abandoned in truck

Six people have been charged with human trafficking in Bulgaria following the incident This handout photograph released by the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office on February 18, 2023, shows the abandoned truck, in which eighteen migrants have been found dead inside the day before, near the village of Lokorsko, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north-east of Sofia. ©  Handout / BULGARIAN PROSECUTORS OFFICE / AFP Prosecutors in Bulgaria have charged six people with human trafficking following the discovery near the capital, Sofia, on Friday of an abandoned truck containing the remains of 18 Afghan migrants who died of suffocation. “The victims died slowly and painfully,” Borislav Safarov, head of the country’s National Investigative Service and deputy chief prosecuto...
How Bulgaria supplied drugs and weapons to Al-Qaïda and Daesh
Bulgaria

How Bulgaria supplied drugs and weapons to Al-Qaïda and Daesh

By: John Phoenix It seems that everything began by accident. For about thirty years, fenetylline was used as a performance-enhancing drug in the West German sports world. According to trainer Peter Neururer, more than half of the athletes took it regularly [1]. Bulgarian drug dealers spotted an opportunity in this situation, and from the dissolution of the Soviet Union until Bulgaria’s entry into the European Union, they began to produce it and illegally export it to Germany under the name of Captagon. Two mafia groups were locked in serious competition – Vasil Iliev Security (VIS), and Security Insurance Company (SIC), the company which employed the karateka Boïko Borissov. This high-level athlete, professor at the Police Academy, created a company supplying protection for...
Bulgaria, Europe

Sofia Wants To Be Thessalonнki II but It Lacks Substance and Momentum

NOVANEWS Adelina Marini The Western Balkanswill be a central priority of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency, which starts on January 1st. This is both a very good and a very bad piece of news. Very good because this region is strategically very important for the Union. Very bad because the subject is too big a spoon for the Bulgarian mouth. The big event of 2018 will be the mega summit EU-Western Balkans in Sofia. On May 17, the leaders of the 28 EU member states and of the six Western Balkan countries will gather together in the Bulgarian capital. This was confirmed in the leaders' agenda which European Council President Donald Rusk (Poland, EPP) proposed at the autumn EU summit and was approved unanimously. The ambition of the Bulgarian presidency is the May summit to provide the reg...
Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia

Is Crisis in Macedonia Coming to an End?

NOVANEWS Adelina Marini At long last there are some good news coming from the Western Balkans, shaken in recent months by a constant rise in tensions, renewed sabre rattling, readiness for new interethnic conflicts and, of course, with Russia's helpful role. Macedonian President Georgi Ivanov has finally handed opposition leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a government five months after the snap parliamentary elections in the country. Five months, marked by a violation of the Macedonian Constitution, a bloody attack on the parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic, a fuelling of interethnic hatred, and a vague attempt to renew EU presence in the country and the region in general. Under pressure by the international community and Macedonian society, the president handed over the mandat...
Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Paradox – How To Stay with Russia and EU in the Same Bed

NOVANEWS Adelina Marini There is something rotten in the European Union and you can feel it for some time now. This feeling led to a desire in some member states to break free from the handbrake that others are pulling on their development. The rottenness is felt the strongest in those countries, which are not quite sure what they are doing in the EU. Such a state is Bulgaria. In many respects it can be defined as pro-European, but that would be a rather simplistic definition. Bulgaria is among the countries where support for EU membership is among the highest, but it does not say enough about what really matters, so that the Union can move in harmony in one direction. It says nothing about values, geopolitical orientation, the rule of law. In recent years, Bulgaria has become one of t...
Bulgaria

Commission Monitoring Mechanism Will Remain for as Long as Necessary

NOVANEWS Adelina Marini Hristo Ivanov: The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Must Be Upgraded! EC Transfers the Fight Against Corruption to the Victims Themselves A Croatian Perspective on the Bulgaria and Romania CVM Reports The EU Council of Ministers poured some cold water on all attempts of Bulgarian politicians at gaining the removal of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), through which the European Commission monitors the progress in creating an independent judiciary and the fight against corruption and organised crime. The conclusions adopted by ministers on Wednesday (8 March) state twice that the monitoring will remain not only until benchmarks are met, but until it is proved that the reform process is irreversible. Meanwhile, the European Commission obj...
Bulgaria

Hristo Ivanov: The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Must Be Upgraded!

NOVANEWS Adelina Marini EC Transfers the Fight Against Corruption to the Victims Themselves A Croatian Perspective on the Bulgaria and Romania CVM Reports Boyko Borissov Hopes European Commission Will Lift Its Monitoring Next Year Some will say "Finally!", others - "They are late", and yet third ones will watch in disbelief, but ten years after its accession to the European Union Bulgaria finally has its first party, whose main task is fighting corruption. The party was founded at the beginning of the year, it is named "Da, Bulgaria" ("Yes, Bulgaria") and has the ambition to draw solid boundaries of corrupt behaviour, especially high-level corruption. The establishment of the party happened shortly before the publication of the regular report of the European Commission under the C...
Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia

The Battle for the EU – Liberalism vs. Illiberalism

NOVANEWS Adelina Marini EU Did Not Commit Suicide. It Is Reinventing Itself The EPPO Might Not Be Ready By Year End Head-on Collision Between Brussels and Member States Regarding EU's Global Strategy It is again a crisis that drives the European Union towards a reconsideration of its state and towards change, as it has always been throughout its 60-year long life. Last year saw just the beginning of talks about the Union’s future after the Brits’ decision to leave it and the election of Donald Trump for US President acted as a catalyst on the debate, which is supposed to crystallise into an agreement about the future at the end of march on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundations of the EU. Talks about the future began in ...
Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania

There Is a Serious Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans Region

NOVANEWS  Adelina Marini Could Russia Recognise Kosovo? Is Serbia Preparing for Elections or a New Balance of Powers EU Has Lost Its Transformative Power. Enlargement Hits a Dead End A long delayed discussion took place in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee about the tensions in the Western Balkans region, which have been growing for months now, but with the start of the new year the situation deteriorated dramatically. The discussion was initiated by the Slovenian MEP Ivo Vajgl (ALDE), who is the rapporteur for Macedonia, and was held on the day of the election of a new committee chairman. The former chairman, veteran of the European Parliament and Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok (EPP, Germany) conceded his post to another EPP MEP from Germany – David McAllister, who i...
Bulgaria, Europe

False Promises of the European Dream: Moldova and Bulgaria Elect Pro-Russian Presidents

NOVANEWS By Sergey Gladysh The Duran   As the European Union continues to spiral towards an all-out disaster due to significant economic problems, the migrant crisis, cultural decay, and an overall loss of purpose, countries like Moldova and Bulgaria, which were once blinded by the false promises of the European dream, are beginning to shift course back towards the only nation in Europe today that is experiencing a remarkable renaissance – yes, Russia. In the second round of presidential elections, both of which took place on Sunday, November 13 – the pro-Russian candidates Igor Dodon of Moldova and Rumen Radev of Bulgaria have come out victorious over their pro-European rivals. Reuters reports: A pro-Russian candidate for president of Moldova has won the race, preliminary res...