Publication, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Department of European Studies

The publication, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Department of European Studies at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski " and edited by prof. Nelly Ognianova, contains articles by professors at the department.

Democratization through Integration?

The accession to the EU is an indisputable sign of establishing democratic governance, but the problem is that some of the Central and Eastern European countries that are already considered consolidated are showing signs of retreat. [...]

How and Why Did the Laggards Turn Out to Be the Forerunners of a Major Transformation in the EU’s Integration Strategy?

How and Why?

The multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 – the political message for the future of the European Union

              An article in the latest issue of Diplomacy Magazine by Prof. Ingrid Shikova, MFF 2021-2027 - The Political Message for the Future of the European Union. Proceed to the magazine here:

Conference proceedings with the reports of the Fifth International Conference of the European Studies Department, “United We Stand Strong”

              The Conference proceedings “United We Stand Strong” presents the reports of the Fifth International Conference of the European Studies Department, which took place in Sofia on 31st May – 1st June 2018, organized within the framework of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, with the support of Erasmus+ Programme. The four sections in the conference proceedings correspond to the four round tables within which the lecturers and researchers presented their reports: “The Future of the European Union and the Young People – Economic Growth and Social Cohesion?”, “European Perspective for the Western Balkans”, “Security and Stability in a United Europe”, and last but not least, “The Lessons Learnt: Enlargement, Communication, Rotating Presidency”. What future should we choose for Europe, how should we continue together, what decisions should we take, what concrete steps should we make in order to be united and strong? These were only some of the questions to which university lecturers, experts and students were searching for an answer in the discussions. In the fifth edition of the conference the presentations were organised as round tables, which gave the opportunity for a livelier debate and exchange of ideas between the panelists and the rest of the participants. The Conference Proceedings presents the reports of the lecturers from leading universities in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro, Turkey, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The publication is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and was accomplished thanks to the support of “Hanns Seidel” Foundation and the kind hosting of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria for holding the conference. United We Stand Strong


The Living Archives

Through the joint efforts of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and the Diplomatic Institute, memories of participants in the process of Bulgaria's accession to the European Union were gathered. The first volume of The Living Archives was presented at the House of Europe at 28 th January 2020. The second volume will come soon. To remember the road of Bulgaria to the European Union!

Simulation Game

Today, January 10, 2020, after long and heated discussions, the European Council decided on the multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. States' contributions will amount to 1.06% of GNI. This was decided by the Heads of State and/or Governments of the Member States, whose roles were performed by European Studies students of Sofia University under the expert guidance of European Council President Charles Michel, whose role was performed by Prof. Ingrid Shikova.

30th Anniversary of the Jean Monnet Program

On 19 November 2019, the closing event of the 30th Anniversary of the Jean Monnet Program took place in Brussels. The conference, organized by the European Commission, was dedicated to "EU Studies in Digital  Age". Interesting and topical issues related to the educational and social aspects of digitalization were discussed. You can watch the discussion on

European Perspective for the Western Balkans

Prof. Ingrid Shikova delivered a lecture on topical issues of the European Union to the Regional Academy "European Perspective for the Western Balkans", organized by the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitar Panitza", involving 28 young leaders from Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, including journalists, experts, civil servants, representatives of NGOs. [...]

Do not kill the desire for European integration in North Macedonia!

If the European Union really wants to be a transformative power, it must decide to start negotiations with North Macedonia. This decision is important not only for the future of the country but also for the future of Europe. In order for Balkan countries to enjoy stability and development to continue democratic and economic reforms, the door to the European Union must be open rather than closed. When they enter the open door, it will depend on each country's readiness for reconciliation, on the implementation of the necessary reforms and its preparation to "bear" membership of the European Union. This means putting a "strict but fair" conditionality, as well as that all participants in this process should do their job. [...]

Recent analyses


Differentiated Integration Management Through "SMART" Approach



“The Money Game (in the EUbudget for the period 2021-27)”

Better Late than Never!

BREXIT The Shakespearean Way

Bulgaria as a mediator between Russia and the EU: wanting is one thing, being capable of doing is another

Can the small steps become the "Balkan miracle"?

Crucial Months for the Future of the European Single Market


Do We Need a Social Dimension of Europe?

Don’t Tell Me Where the Priorities of the European Union Are, Show Me the Financial Framework

European Elections 2019: the Procedures are Now Clear, May the Political Debate Begin

For a Change in the Status Quo, but Without Affecting the French Jewel – CAP

From Western towards European Balkans

GYMNICH - What is That?

How irresistable can an offer be?

How not to look like those we oppose – EP Resolution on countering propaganda (of Russia)

Let’s Talk About the Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency

Participate now! It matters…

Protecting Whistleblowers in The European Union – a First Step on a Long and Uncertain Road

Punishment or praise for whistleblowers – the European citizens can decide

Referenda in the EU – who is afraid of the direct democracy thermometer?

Spray against refugees (and what Europe do we aim for?)

The “Orban” formula

The Brexit Drama – End of First Act

The Eastern Enlargement and the European Perspective for the Western Balkans - Is It Not Time for the Copenhagen Criteria To Be Updated?

The Elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands – three key battles for the future of the EU

The Grand Coalition in the European Parliament and the future of the European political consensus

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Kosovo Condition under the Condition of the “Objective Circumstances”

The Rotating Presidency – Ambitions and Realities

The Rotating Presidency Urgently Needs an Internal Political Consensus

The Sixth Scenario and the Eurozone

The Transformative Power of the Irish Border

The Underwater Rocks on the Way to the Digital Single Market are not Bulgarian. But They Exist Nonetheless.

The Western Balkans Have the Right to Participate in the Debate on the Future of the European Union

The Western Balkans, The Bulgarian Presidency…and Christmas Miracles

The White Paper on the Future of Europe – All and Nothing

Things Do Not Always Happen by the Book

Thou Who Do Not Resist Evil, Thou Foster it

Turkey’s Accession to the EU and the Emperor’s New Clothes

United in Sanctions?

We Are Dancing “RACHENITSA” under the Benevolent External Monitoring

What’s New in the Debate on the Future of the Economic and Monetary Union?

Will “The Republic on the Move” Turn into „Europe on the Move”?

Zbyshko and the Teutonic Peacock Feathers – about the Risk of Polish Challenges to Germany