Interview


    • Naum Kaychev: The connectivity between Bulgaria and North Macedonia is at a tragic level

      Naum Kaychev: The connectivity between Bulgaria and North Macedonia is at a tragic level

      Sofia will back a decision to begin accession talks, which will entail setting a date for their actual opening. However, Bulgaria's support will not be unconditional; it will have some requirements attached, which will be posed over the course of the long negotiation process. Bulgaria will insist that the Agreement on Friendship, Good Neighbourliness and Cooperation signed by the two countries is observed, says Ass. Prof. Naum Kaychev, PhD, deputy co-chair of the Joint Commission on Historical and Educational Matters with North Macedonia.

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    • Deyan Mihaylov: Аdvances in quantum technologies are arriving at an exponential rate

      Deyan Mihaylov: Аdvances in quantum technologies are arriving at an exponential rate

      I believe that eventually, quantum supremacy will be achieved by a private research lab outside of Europe. That is not to say that research in Europe will always be lagging behind, but European universities and research centres need to concentrate on ambitious and risky goals, and then invest wisely in achieving them, says Dr. Deyan Mihaylov, postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Bogomil Nikolov: Let's do our homework on dual-quality products

      Bogomil Nikolov: Let's do our homework on dual-quality products

      We should not place the responsibility for dual-quality products entirely on the European institutions because they are only one of the instruments to counter such practices. The inactivity of national regulators, which are paid by taxpayers to monitor possible deviations from the norm, are one significant cause for this conflict. People in the west have already gone through this, but we seem intent on repeating their mistakes. We are obviously not learning from other people's experiences. So, to a certain extent, dual-quality products are of our own making, says Bogomil Nikolov, Executive Director of Active Consumers.

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    • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Johnson walked into a vicious institutional trap

      Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Johnson walked into a vicious institutional trap

      What is most concerning is that the Brexit date is looming once again and we still do not know if the rights of EU citizens will be guaranteed. Against this backdrop, France has come out and said it would veto another Brexit delay if the UK government did not provide a sound reason for it, thus pouring kerosene on the already blazing fire, said Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP (MRF/RE) and ALDE Party Vice-President, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Pieter Cleppe: Johnson does not see 'no deal' as his Plan A

      Pieter Cleppe: Johnson does not see 'no deal' as his Plan A

      None of the sides are prepared for 'no deal'. So now British citizens in the European Union can only base their hope on some promises, like those from the prime ministers of Belgium and Portugal, for example. The situation of the more than three million European citizens in the UK is also uncertain. Nevertheless, I do think this will be sorted very quickly as a priority in case of 'no deal', says Pieter Cleppe, Head of Open Europe Brussels office, in an interview to Europost.

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    • James Robinson: The first F-16s are scheduled to arrive in early 2023

      James Robinson: The first F-16s are scheduled to arrive in early 2023

      The first F-16 fighter planes for the Bulgarian Air Force, out of the eight new aircrafts agreed under contracts signed with the US, are scheduled to arrive in Bulgaria in early 2023, James Robinson, International Business Development Senior Manager at the aircraft-maker Lockheed Martin, said in an interview for Monitor News Agency. Earlier, he and US Chargé d'Affaires in Bulgaria Justin Friedman commented on the deal during a Sofia press conference.

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    • Dimitris Dimitriadis: Macro-regions should be labs for innovation

      Dimitris Dimitriadis: Macro-regions should be labs for innovation

      Macro-regional strategies can make not only the towns and cities to prosper, but the remote area as well. The roles of stakeholders and the implementation rules have to be clearly laid down, and the communication on macro-regional strategies has to be brought up to date, Dimitris Dimitriadis, member of the EESC Employers' Group, says in an interview to Europost.

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    • Sophia Russack: People are largely unaware of the lead candidate system

      Sophia Russack: People are largely unaware of the lead candidate system

      Gender is a very important topic now, and as the new Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen will have to find a 50:50 balance while choosing the Commissioners. I think this time the public eye on this will be stronger than it has ever been, and that is a good development, says Sophia Russack, Researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, in an interview to Europost.

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