Georgi Vasilski: The attacks against DNA aim at undermining the external trust in Romania

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The former correspondent of the Bulgarian Natioanal Radio in Bucharest has been interviewed in the emission “Saturday 150”, in which he addressed the developments in the Romanian anti-corruption fight in the last months

The Romanian anti-corruption fight has become an export resource of Romania. That is why it has been scrutinized under lenses not only to the north of the Danube, but to the south of it, and in other countries such as Republic of Moldova. On 27 July 2017 the blog “Bridge of Friendship” has posted the article “The Romanian anti-corruption fight as Game of Thrones”, in which the recent events in anti-corruption, the external and the internal context, that influence it, have been analysed. This article was referred to as Georgi Vasilski – the former correspondent of the Bulgarian National Radio, has been interviewed on 29 July 2017 in the emission “Saturday 150”.

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The Romanian fight against corruption as Game of Thrones

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The chief prosecutor of DNA Laura Koveși (foto: YouTube CC-BY via Wikipedia Commons)

The renewed attack against the chief of the anti-corruption prosecution Laura Kovesi and the recently appeared tendency for conditional liberation or conditional condemnation of people sentenced for corruption in Romania show that the system reacts to the changes in the external and the internal political balances

Vladimir Mitev

This article appeared on 28 July at the site ”The Barricade”.

The Romanian fight against corruption reminds of the series “Game of Thrones”, where all the relations between the protagonists are those of power. They either kill one another, or practice war in the form of intimate relationships, but at the end of the day everything they do is to participate in the eternal fight for power. Anticorruption to the north of the Danube is often presented as a clash between good and evil. In fact it represents the current balance of forces between the participants in the political game.

The events of the last months show that perhaps there is an ongoing redefinition of the Romanian fight against corruption, through which it sets itself for the new external and internal political conditions of Romania. The process became more visible even in Bulgaria in the last weeks after different Bulgarian media discovered with a delay of one month that audio recordings have appeared in Romania, showing how the chief of the Romanian anti-corruption prosecution DNA Laura Kovesi “orders” a criminal investigation against the prime minister Sorin Grindeanu.

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The Romanian attempt for abolition of the flat tax is still embryonal

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Revolutionary fiscal ideas circulate in Bucharest – starting with replacing the profit tax with a tax upon turnover and ending with the nationalization of the obligatory private pension funds. The proposals are not devoid of logic, in principle. However, the scope of their proposal might not be accomplishing change, but offering the public another scene of the political theatre

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 3 July 2017 at the site “Baricada”.

Bulgarian media reported on 29 June, basing themselves on an article by Reuters, that Romania has started revoking the flat tax in the same day the new government of social democrats and liberals with Mihai Tudose as a prime minister received parliamentary support and its political life started. The news might have sounded surreal to many. Just a few days earlier the social democrats’ opponents were foreseeing that the biggest party in the Romanian parliament would not be able to vote successfully a vote of no confidence to the former premier Sorin Grindeanu, appointed by the social democrats themselves. But now the articles claimed that Liviu Dragnea’s men were going all in against the most clear symbol of capital’s domination over labour in Romania and Eastern Europe – the flat tax upon the income and the profst, which is 16% in our northern neighbor. What’s going in Bucharest, where in the era of Trump it looks like politics is less and less easy to forecast?

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The Bulgarian foreign policy: What needs to be done?

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The debates in Bulgaria about the tendency of ”multi-speed Europe” reveal ideas that are clearly defined

The founder of the blog ”Bridge of Friendship” – Vladimir Mitev, made a presentation on 29 May 2017 inside the Romanian parliament building about the discussions in the Bulgarian foreign policy community about “multi-speed Europe” and the necessary answer of Sofia. The presentation divided the experts in two groups – the young and the elder. The young want Bulgaria to avoid its status of a periphery and claim it should join the different integrationist circles of the EU, such as Eurozone, banking union, Schengen, and so on. The elder want a greater foreign policy activity in the regions where Bulgaria has traditional interests – the Western Balkans and the Black Sea, so that it could give added value to the EU there. The presentation also put an emphasis upon the idea for the creation of an European macroregion for the Black Sea and for development of an Euopean strategy for it, so that the tensions in the Black Sea region are replaced with a greater regional cooperation.

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Why president Radev’s visits in Bucharest and Athens mattered

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The Bulgarian president Rumen Radev (left) and his Romanian conterpart Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest (photo: Vladimir Mitev)

The Bulgarian head of state made a signal to his European partners that Bulgaria can give the EU added value in the two regions where “it weights” – the Western Balkans and the Black Sea

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 29 June 2017 at the ”Baricada” site.

The big Bulgarian TV networks put the same emphasis upon the visit of president Rumen Radev in Bucharest – that “airplanes are not sausages”. The coloured expression was one of a few strongly ironic messages of the general, directed at the rising number of his public critics in Sofia, who accuse him of exercising ill-intended influence in such a way that Bulgaria buys fighters “Gripen”, instead of F-16.

It is well understood that there is a pressure for news on the scandal, including when it comes from an international visit in Bucharest. But the mediatic covering of Radev’s visit focused too much upon the quarrel and upon the agenda as seen from Sofia. It missed a few other developments, that were not so spicy as sausages.

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Reading Marx in Bucharest

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Karl Marx (photo: Wikipedia)

The book “Marxian economic theory” by Dan Chiță invites the left people to get to know their roots

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 18 June 2017 at the site “Baricada”.

“It’s difficult to read Marx. When I read 50 pages by him, I have the feeling that everything I have ever read in Romanian language hasn’t prepared me in any way to understand this author. His text is so dense, so sublime. Marx is something really different. He has not only been a great economist, but is also probably the only one that has given meaning to the Hegelian dialectics. Marx transforms the whole continental philosophy into arms for the understanding of reality. It is not sufficient for somebody to have studied philosophy in Cluj Napoca or Bucharest, in order to understand him. Marx is something much larger”, said Dan Chiță (Neumann) – the author of the book “Marxian economic theory”, during its presentation on 14 June 2017 in the cultural centre of the left in Bucharest “Macaz”.

The dimensions of his effort upon the volume seem unimaginable. Who reads Marx today? If somebody has ever tried to understand “The Capital”, has he gone beyond the first few pages?

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Which is the Bulgarian answer to the changes in the EU?

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The opening page of the presentation (photo: Vladimir Mitev)

Vladimir Mitev showed at a conference inside the Romanian parliament a presentation about Sofia’s searches for a road ahead in the Europe of the speeds

The changes in the EU, called with the formula “Europe of the speeds” lead to debates in Bulgaria and in Romania. On 29 May 2017 the Romanian parliament hosted the conference “Quo vadis, European public space? The EU reform and its implications with regard to security and public communication”, which was organized by the Cristian University “Dimitrie Cantemir, by the Institute for Political Sciences and International Relations at the Romanian Academy and the Commision for Defense, Public Order and National Security at the lower chamber of the Romanian parliament. Researches from both scientific institutions participated and analyzed problems such as Brexit, populism in the EU, the informational war, the rusophobic discourse and other issues such demography and fiscal policy.

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