February 2016

All border crossings between Bulgaria and Greece remained closed on February 20 2016, Bulgaria?s Interior Ministry said, as protest blockades and counter-blockades entered their latest day. The Kulata-Promachonas, Ilinden?Exochi, Kapitan Petko Voivoda ? Ormenio, Zlatograd ? Thermes, Ivailovgrad ? Kyprinos and Makaza ? Nymfaia checkpoints were all closed, the Interior Ministry said. The double blockade […]

Senate Republicans, in suggesting they might not consider any eventual Obama nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, have created a true nightmare scenario for the Court in general?and Chief Justice John Roberts in particular. As I have written before, Roberts has repeatedly decried perceptions that polarization in the political branches will […]

February 19th, 2016 12:45pm Posted In: News, Israel, Featured Articles On February 21 Israel’s government will have to respond to the supreme court?s ‘friendly suggestion’ to propose before parliament a bill approving the stability clause rather than approving it just as an article in the framework. The former route would take a long time to […]

February 19th, 2016 4:35pm Posted In: News, News By Country, East Med Focus, Egypt, Corporate, Exploration & Production Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Petroceltic International has announced that it has completed the sale of three exploration licences in Egypt to its joint venture partner Edison International.  In a statement released on February 18, the company said that it […]

Bulgaria?s National Assembly voted by a large majority on February 19 2016 to accept a proposal to set up a special temporary committee to examine allegations of interference by Russia and by Turkey in Bulgaria?s domestic politics. A total of 126 MPs voted in favour, 19 against and there were abstentions regarding the proposal, which […]

Even as Donald Trump continues to enjoy a commanding lead in nearly every national poll, Republican elites persist in treating him as an interloper, a fake conservative who has hijacked the GOP base. On Twitter, Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini, who served as the webmaster for the Bush/Cheney presidential run in 2004, encapsulated the establishment view earlier […]

Sofia police arrested 75 foreign men in two days in one of its regular operations against illegal migration, Bulgaria?s Interior Ministry said on February 18 2016. All of those taken into custody had been found to be without identity documents, police said. Those detained all said that they were citizens of Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry […]

Bulgaria?s National Assembly debated on February 17 2016 a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Boiko Borissov?s centre-right coalition government over its health care policy, with the failure of the vote a foregone conclusion. The no-confidence motion, tabled by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was the first since […]

The books of Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai have a habit of undergoing strange transfigurations. In War & War, the character György Korin begs to see an igloo-like sculpture by the artist Mario Merz, and ends up committing suicide?whereupon the real-life Merz was so moved by this fiction that he immediately began planning a new igloo […]

February 16th, 2016 5:45pm Posted In: News, LNG, Security of Supply, Energy Union, Storage, Intergovernmental agreements The European Commission formally adopted February 16 an energy security package that focuses on security of supply, but also enhances the stability of the European energy market, according to EC  vice president Maros Sefcovic, in charge of the energy […]

The European Union announced Monday the launch of a new medical body aimed at responding to health crises more quickly and more efficiently. The European Union?s Medical Corps will be able to act within Europe and outside it, according to Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid. The new body was developed after the Ebola […]

February 16th, 2016 11:45am Posted In: Pipelines, News By Country, Greece, Bulgaria, TSO, Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) , External Analysts, Infrastructure, Corporate Notice to all shippers and TSOs: If you’re interested in using Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) gas transportation services, or in interconnecting your system with the IGB, now is your opportunity to express that interest.  ICGB, the […]

How to handle the refugee crisis and in particular the Western Balkan route used by refugees entering Europe through Greece was the topic of the second part of a 25th anniversary meeting of the Visegrád Group (V4), held in Prague on February 15. Prime ministers of the V4 countries ? Bohuslav Sobotka (Czech Republic), Beata […]

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