Vlog Post: #eu2018bg Some Realism about Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Posted: February 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Personal Blog of Dr. Radosveta Vassileva

In December 2017, shortly before the Bulgarian government officially announced its priorities for its Presidency of the Council of the EU, I published a blog post entitled ‘The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU: The Emperor Has No Clothes.’ I explained why it is troublesome that a state which repeatedly violates EU law and struggles with corruption would set the agenda of the Council and why it has no capacity to lead in any of the areas it chose to focus on during the Presidency.

Following the inauguration of the Presidency, reputable international media opted for the same angle. Journalists from the UK, Spain, Germany, Denmark, etc. were also troubled by the challenges Bulgaria faces regarding the rule of law, its shrinking economy, and its demographic crisis. In fact, a recent UN report shows Bulgaria has the fastest shrinking population in the world. This is not surprising…

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