Илиян Василев

Member of the Board of the Center for Balkan and Black sea studies, Managing Partner, Innovative Energy Solutions EOOD, Blogger, Honorary Chair, Bulgarian Economic Forum Coordinator, Sofia Business School
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  THE NEW US SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND THE STRAINS IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS     In a matter of a week, the cards in the geopolitical exchange between the US and Russia have been dramatically shuffled. The new bill, which passed by an overwhelming (97-2)

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epa04221840 (FILE) A file photo dated 28 January 2014 of President of Russia Vladimir Putin attending a news conference at the end of a EU Russia Summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where he was meeting with top European Union officials. European Union officials have been preparing three scenarios for economic sanctions against Russia, from low-intensity measures affecting items such as luxury goods, to a ban on oil and gas imports, according to a document seen by German news agency dpa. During recent weeks, the European Commission in consultation with member states, reportedly has been preparing a three-stage list of possible economic sanctions if Russia continues to destabilize its western neighbour Ukraine. The issue could come up again when EU leaders meet on 27 May 2014 to consider their response to the 25 May elections in Ukraine.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

  While most observers kept looking for the detectable part of Russia’s new military hardware potential beyond its borders, tracking every move of the obsolete aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetzov, the Kremlin amassed a loosely bound yet concise and sizeable cyber warfare force, which was operatively

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  A year ago, the stars’ alignment seemed perfect for Mr. Putin’s plans to subdue the West, scoring media coups and consecutive foreign policy successes. He rejoiced with the image of a strong and omnipotent leader, profiting from the intentionally blurred difference between his real

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  It is commendable that membership in the Eurozone has become an immediate task for this government – including joining the interim ERM2. But the decision-makers at the top fail to look critically at key system features of the Bulgarian banking system. They prefer to

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  It is strange to watch that the Bulgarian Energy Holding has opted to push the limits of the patience of the European Commission’s anti-trust body whereas Gazprom has chosen reconciliation.   Concurrently, Russian media are singing praise for Bulgaria, as the only EU member

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  In understanding the “pros” and “cons” of spot vs oil prices, the main policy guidelines of the government should not be confined to just securing the physical supply of natural gas, but should allow for ensuring competitive interplay – the invisible hand of the

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  As the Bulgarian government is expected to comment on Gazprom’s draft commitment to the EC regarding the commission’s statement of objections on the Russian gas giant’s abuse of its dominant position, the issue of price formula and the choice between spot and oil-indexed price

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  After the elections the Bulgarian Socialists look more like a sister party of the French National Front than of other PES members.   As much as one might try to portray the election results as a success of the Socialists, reality checks and conclusions

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