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Category Archives: Democracy & Citizenship

Self-Immolations in Bulgaria – an Intertwined Personal and Social Trauma

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Tina Schivatcheva On the 1st of May another Bulgarian victim of self-immolation passed away. Since the beginning of 2013 six people self-immolated inBulgaria, and their desperate acts further ’enflamed our sleeping society’ [1].  Traumatic events demand a response that recognizes their impact rather than one that moves rapidly to forgetting the trauma or incorporating it […]

Telegraph readers call me ‘a moron’

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Today I posted pro-EU arguments under a Daily Telegraph article about the number of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the UK.  Clearly, my comments were unwelcome by DT readers.  They called me ‘a moron’, an ‘utter idiot’ and told me ‘to get medical help.’ So much for elevated debate. This was my comment: All UK […]

Bavarian politicians, Bulgarian politics

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‘We will put an end to the populism of the Left’ – with this firm promise Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, and current deputy-president of the party ‘Citizens of European Development for Bulgaria’ (abbreviated in Bulgarian as GERB), addressed the Brussels politicians [1].

Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog

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Welcome to Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog, where the links between the UK and Europe are explored and discussed.  Stories so far: BBC’s John Humphrys got it wrong about Europe Why did UKIP win in Clacton? Press Complaints Commission: Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code A country called Europe? Europe Moves – The ‘EU Earthquake’ […]

The Political Pantheon of the Bulgarian Spring

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Late January, 2013 marked the onset of the ‘Bulgarian spring,’ as the ‘art of government‘ collided with the force of the public will. Tumultuous events were ignited when post-socialist, post-EU accession Bulgaria was hit by dauntingly high energy bills.

‘Bulgaria’s Spring’ – the Struggle for Social Rights

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Tina Schivatcheva Bulgaria’s constitution includes a wide range of social rights. However, the ‘democratic, law-governed and social state’ has been characterized as ‘chronically incapable of coping with its social problems or improving its level of economic prosperity’.  Moreover, the Bulgarian ‘minimal state’ often cannot provide its citizens even with basic necessities, such as food, electricity, […]

My 95,998,800,000,000 cents on the EU budget deal

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The leaders of states and governments of 28 European countries (Croatia included) are able to agree over a long-term budget worth 959 988 000 000 Euros (in commitments) 11 months before this budget period starts. The leader of the directly elected European Parliament involving 754 members from 27 European countries (plus the Croatian observers) is able […]

Standing in European Parliament elections “abroad”: Simplified rules

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It’s not been big news – only New Europe has reported already as far as I can see – but according to this EU Council document dated 19 November, it is agreed that it should be more simple for EU citizens to stand for the 2014 European Parliament elections in EU member states other than their home country. […]

Excessive pragmatism

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I’m still reading the Cohn-Bendit/Verhofstadt book. So far my diagnosis is that, for a book that I fundamentally agree with, there is a lot there that makes me mad. I will blog more about specific annoyances later, time permitting, but I thought I might start by explaining my problems with the book’s excessive pragmatism. Here’s […]

Resistance is Futile (2)

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The story of Tonio Borg’s confirmation as the next Maltese Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection keeps getting stranger. In response to the objections in the S&D group, the Parliament has listed a series of commitments that Mr. Borg is to make in order to be confirmed. They are: The delivery of the legislative proposal […]

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