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Lyubomir Kyuchukov, EIRI: Bulgaria’s position on support to Hungary in dispute with EU is unclear and ambiguous, resulting in negative comments

Lyubomir Kyuchukov, EIRI: Bulgaria’s position on support to Hungary in dispute with EU is unclear and ambiguous, resulting in negative comments

21 September 2018 | 15:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s position on supporting Hungary in its dispute with the EU is unclear and ambiguous, resulting in negative comments, Lyubomir Kyuchukov, CEO of Economics and International Relations Institute, told Focus Radio. He said the unification of Europe happened at institutional level, but not in people’s minds. East and West are still seen as different, which is also reflected in politics. The deepest disagreement is to where the EU is heading, he explained. “Whether the EU is moving towards deepening integration or it will take a step backwards to more powers for national states. Several of them seek a backward step – a looser common market with fewer commitments in the other spheres. A retreat would lead to very serious problems in the functioning of all institutions. Here is the great controversy that, despite all the efforts being made, has not found unequivocal response for the moment,” commented Lyubomir Kyuchukov. He noted that the next European Parliament elections would be existential.
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Antoaneta Hristova, analyst: Tension in parliament will continue after ministers’ resignation, politicians think about European elections

Antoaneta Hristova, analyst: Tension in parliament will continue after ministers’ resignation, politicians think about European elections

21 September 2018 | 14:43 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Confrontations and tension in Parliament will not stop after the three ministerial resignations, the political parties already think about the elections for the European Parliament, political psychologist Prof. Antoaneta Hristova told Focus Radio in the morning. Amid the upcoming elections next year, more European topics are entering the political debate in Bulgaria, for example Hungary, she said. In her words, these are benchmark topics from which all parties will try to get dividends. She further said that the most significant rift now was within the ruling coalition, which she compared with previous internal rows since the formation of the United Patriots-GERB coalition. However, nothing indicates early elections in the country, she said.
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PM: Decision on Hungary taken at government operative meeting has no legal value but has moral significance

PM: Decision on Hungary taken at government operative meeting has no legal value but has moral significance

20 September 2018 | 15:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Salzburg. The decision on Hungary taken at an operative meeting of the Bulgarian government has no legal value but has moral significance, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told reporters in Salzburg, quoted by Focus News Agency. The decision means that if a procedure is ever triggered, the government will stand on the side of Viktor Orban, the prime minister said. “[Viktor Orban] should also take a step back on the university and some green and non-governmental organisations, on which everyone in Europe insists,” said Borissov. He rejected criticism from President Rumen Radev and opposition leader Kornelia Ninova that the government’s position on Hungary was different at home and at EU level.
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Bulgaria not backing up sanctions against Hungary, says Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

Bulgaria not backing up sanctions against Hungary, says Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

19 September 2018 | 14:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria will adopt a stance against the sanctions against Hungary, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov told a press briefing at the Council of Ministers, Focus News Agency reports.
“At the meeting of the Council of Ministers today, ministers from the United Patriots together with Deputy Prime Minister Simeonov and Minister Neno Dimov made a proposal regarding Bulgaria’s position on the European Parliament's vote in favour of sanctions against Hungary,” said Minister Karakachanov, adding that the EP’s decision was adopted for ideological reasons, ignoring Hungary’s policies on some of the criticised areas and country’s willingness to talk with the European Commission. “We think this is a violation of EU member state sovereignty. Today this is Hungary, there are attempts to take such decisions against Poland, tomorrow a similar decision could be proposed against Bulgaria. Each member state has a sovereign right to change its legislation and conduct policies, and if this is not approved by a EP group, then the group has a problem, not the state. As an organisation that defends the national interest, we have always objected to any attempts to destroy or minimise the sovereignty of member states, allow it to be taken away by institutions that no one has in fact voted for,” Karakachanov said.
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