Prof Antoniy Galabov, lecturer at New Bulgarian University, discusses the differences and similarities between events in Bulgaria and Ukraine in an interview forFocus Radio’s This is Bulgaria broadcast
Host: How would you analyse the latest developments in Ukraine with the revolt in favour of the country’s EU membership? Antoniy Galabov: The information we get from international agencies is really worrying not least because of the fact that the political mentality in culture there does not exclude violence against protestors. In that sense, people out on the square are at risk and this risk does not stem from their protest, but from the behaviour of institutions. It looks like bringing down Lenin’s monument was the last straw that dealt away with the last of the badly concealed eagerness of certain circles in Ukraine and in Russia to demonstrate who is actually in charge and who has an interest in the events currently unfolding in Ukraine.
Focus News Agency presents a resume of the results of AFIS social and marketing agency’s survey themed “Opinions and feelings of the Bulgarian citizens on the accession of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Union (EU)”.
56% of Bulgarian citizens agree that, prior to starting EU accession negotiations with the Rep...
Commander Stancho Dimitrov, head of the Naval Special Reconnaissance Detachment of the Bulgarian Marine Corps, in an interview for Focus Radio’s This is Bulgaria broadcast.
Host: Now, we will talk about the Bulgarian army’s participation in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan. So far, marine forces have not taken part in activities in Afghanistan, but the Naval Special Forces Reconnaissance Detachment is now getting ready for a peacekeeping mission with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The Bulgarian soldiers will guard the 26th contingent of the Afghanistan army dislocated in Kabul. Commander Stancho Dimitrov will tell us more about the preparations and task of the Bulgarian commandoes. What are the functions and tasks of the special reconnaissance detachment? Stancho Dimitrov: The detachment was created back in 1970. Its history remembers times when reconnaissance and diversion training was a priority due to the international situation. Nowadays, the detachment is focused on naval tasks, turning serious attention to tactical, physical, diving, and parachute training. The tactical training itself contains elements from all other disciplines – it is what we call the pinnacle of marine training.
Vlado Buckovski, former Macedonian PM and one of the co-founders of the Alliance for Positive Macedonia, in an interview for Focus News Agency
Focus: How is your political project [the Alliance for Positive Macedonia] developing? Vlado Buckovski: It is shaping up better than I expected at this stage. We carried out the constituent assembly on November 10th and now, just three weeks later, we have 15 local offices in the country. Your call finds me in Strumica where we are setting up the local organisation now. I believe that the Alliance for Positive Macedonia will be the pleasant surprise at the upcoming presidential elections and, most probably, at a possible snap parliamentary elections.
Prof Vladimir Pilosof, Chairperson of the Bulgarian Paediatric Society, in an interview for Focus Radio
Host: What is the Bulgarian Christmas to you, doctors, and what are the virtues of this charity campaign? Vladimir Pilosof: I would like to note that in some ancient languages the word “charity” is a synonym of “righteous”. I would say that all people who prove charitable in such a moment are righteous. This is about the moral and ethical side of the Bulgarian Christmas. You know that the initiative’s 2012 edition was among the most successful ones ever, even despite the economic crisis. This might be a proof that people are more inclined to help others when they suffer themselves, when they feel how complicated people’s problems are themselves.
Ukrainian political analyst Rostislav Martinyuk comments on the situation in Ukraine after the government announced that it would delay the signing of the association agreement with the EU in an interview with FOCUS News Agency
Bulgarian MEP with the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Evgeni Kirilov, comments on Ukraine government’s decision last week to scrap a strategic EU treaty, in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.
Strahil Angelov, Bulgarian MP from Coalition for Bulgaria, in an interview for Focus News Agency.
Focus: Mr Angelov, what stage have you reached with the idea for introducing compulsory voting? What are your next steps? Strahil Angelov: I will file the proposal next week, when I suppose that the specific texts will...
Radoš Djurović, Executive Director of the Asylum Protection Centre in Serbia, in an interview for Focus News Agency.
Focus: What is the situation with refugees in Serbia at present? Radoš Djurović: The situation with asylum seekers in Serbia is extremely difficult as of now. Our capacity is for 250 people and it is far from enough to accommodate the huge number of people seeking asylum. Some 4,000 persons have requested asylum in the country, since the beginning of the year only. About 1,000 of them come from Syria. A large portion of the refugees is forced to stay outside, as the capacity of asylum centres is not enough to accommodate everyone. There are some 250-300 people camping in the vicinity of the centre in the village of Bogovaca. We sent a call for help to the government and they responded immediately, together with local authorities. At an extraordinary sitting two days ago, the government decided to expand the accommodation capacity and open up a new temporary centre in Obrenovac, [a town] near Belgrade. In the meantime, they will also be preparing yet another centre in Mladenovac [another city near the capital] with a capacity to accommodate 500 people. We hope to have people accommodated in Obrenovac in the next week. The larger centre in Mladenovac should be ready sometime next year.
Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov, dubbed the “Bulgarian Indiana Jones”, in an interview for Focus News Agency.
Focus: What is the response in world media to the vampires recently unearthed in Perperikon and Sozopol? Nikolay Ovcharov: There has been a huge response, with over 100 media publications in the last two months, ever since we discovered the so-called “vampire” in Perperikon. There is indeed considerable interest in these “vampires”. They grew really prominent with the discoveries at Sozopol and now we have a new one – at [the ancient Thracian city of] Perperikon as well as other places we have explored in the past.
Ivo Kotevski, public relations assistant to the Macedonian Minister of Interior, comments on the situation with the illegal immigrants and refugees in Macedonia, in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.