What to expect from the Romanian parliamentary elections?

Vladimir Mitev (photo: Vladimir Mitev)

The international news and analysis program of the Bulgarian National Television “The World and Us” invited the founder of the Bulgarian-Romanian blog “Bridge of Friendship” Vladimir Mitev to comment on the upcoming December 6th 2020  parliamentary elections in Romania. How the corona crisis affects their outcome, what is their stake and what is their significance in the context of the Bulgarian-Romanian relations were some of the questions that were raised.

The interview was broadcast in Bulgarian on 3th December 2020 here.

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Eleonora Ivanova: În timpul pandemiei n-am încetat să susţinem firmele din Bulgaria şi România

Camera de Comerţ şi Industrie Bulgaro-Română a fost infiinţat în anul 2003 (foto: Camera de Comerţ şi Industrie Bulgaro-Română)

Interviu cu directorul executiv al Camerei de Comerţ şi Industrie Bulgaro-Română despre influenţa crizei actuale asupra relaţiilor economice româno-bulgare, despre măsurile socio-economice ale ambelor guverne şi despre conectivitatea de infrastructură între ambele ţări

Vladimir Mitev

Relația între Eleonora Ivanova şi Camera de Comerţ şi Industrie Bulgaro-Română datează încă de la înființarea acestei instituții, în anul 2003, când 30 de firme de seamă din Bulgaria şi România au recrutat-o ca expert. Sarcina Eleonorei Ivanova a fost să ajute la crearea și sprijinirea unei organizaţii parteneriale specializată. Imediat după infiinţarea camerei ea devine directorul executiv. În cursul anilor echipa camerei şi activitatea camerei cresc constant, câștigându-și popularitatea în cadrul comunității de afaceri. Eleonora Ivanova a absolvit un masterat de finanţe şi afaceri bancare la Academia de Studii Economice din Sviştov, iar apoi s-a specializat în finanţe şi contabilitate managerială la Universitatea din Ţara Galilor, Marea Britanie. Are experienţă profesională de cinci ani în domeniul bancar şi peste 20 ani ca consultant pentru dezvoltarea afacerilor. În present manageriază cu succes o companie proprie de consultanță.

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Riccardo Petrella: The militarization of pandemic is dangerous

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Riccardo Petrella (photo: Riccardo Petrella)

The world after this crisis will be more fragmented, more unjust and inequal, says the Italian economist, who is a former adviser in the European Commission. He also states his opinion on the EU answer to the crisis, created by COVID-19

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 13 April 2020 on the English section of the site ”The Barricade”.

Riccardo Petrella is an Italian economist who was a scientific and technology policy analyst to the European Commission between 1979 and 1995, becoming a witness and voice of dissent over the EC’s definition of Europe as a union of competition. He is the main force behind the report “Limits to Competition” by the Group of Lisbon that has criticised the neoliberal reforms undertaken by the Commission of Jacque Delors, that serve capital and markets, but undermine the achievements of Post-War Europe. Petrella worked between 1967 and 1975 as a scientific secretary, and then as the director of The European Coordination Center for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences in Vienna – an organisation that brought about scientific exchanges between East and West Europe  during the times it was divided. The Italian university professor taught between 1982 and 2005 at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium); including courses such as “Scientific and technological politics” and “Economic globalisation”, and has been a lecturer in other universities and countries, too. Between 2005 and 2006, he was president of the Water Company of Puglia (Italy). In 1997, he founded the International Committee on the World Water Contract, which has the former Portuguese president Mario Soares as a president. In 1998, Petrella published “The Water Manifesto” (first in French and then in English in 2001), where he unveiled his vision for water as a “common good”.

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Iran and the world: crisis and resistance

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Minaret of a sacred place in Qom (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

After the February 2020 parliamentary elections the political elite in the Islamic Republic homogenised itself, with the reformist current being practically left out of the parliament. The spread of the coronavirus strengthened once again the contradictions between the country’s elite and the people, for whom Iran is part of the world and not only the sponsor of „the axis of resistance” in the Middle East

Vladimir Mitev

This article will be published in the Bulgarian magazine “New Times”

The year 2020 started with fears from world war, which followed the murder of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. It continued with the hysteria around the spread of the coronavirus, which stirred the imposition of state of emergency in Bulgaria, Romania and other European countries. Now high-ranking politicians and experts claim in media that we are in a state of war with bacteriological weapon.

Such fears from war and extinction are not something new in the last thirty years, in which Bulgarians have passed through a lot of social cataclysms and crises. But our country was never under the threat of a military conflict with its neighbour or international factor. How would have we felt, if we lived in one of the key countries of the Middle East – Iran, and there was a constant threat haunting us – not only if we belong to the elite of the country, but also if we feel part of the common people? How do the Iranian elite and people see their role in the Middle East, where after 2001 there is an intense rearrangement of forces?

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Daniel Stoiciu: I am inspired by the people who act as Bulgarian-Romanian bridges

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Daniel Stoiciu (photo: Daniel Stoiciu)

An interview on the kuker festival in the Romanian village of Brăneşti and on the Bulgarians in Romania

Vladimir Mitev

Daniel Stoiciu is a Romanian citizen with a complex identity. He speaks Bulgarian language and knows the story of Bulgarians in Valahia. The blog “The Bridge of Friendship” has talked with him about the kuker festival in his village of birth – Brăneşti, and on some principle discords between the Bulgarians in Romania and the Bulgarians in Bulgaria.

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