Publications

“The Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union – from Empirical Facts towards Expert Evaluation”

There is no such thing as unsuccessful rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union – this rather humorous maxim, which is widely popular among academic and political experts on European affairs, has the potential to discourage any attempt at evaluating the Presidency. [...]

“The Call for More Europe – Ambitions and Realities”

On October 14-15, 2021, the Department of European Studies held its Eighth International Scientific Conference, named "The Call for More Europe - Ambitions and Realities". [...]

“Europe – Green, Digital, Global”

  The annual student scientific conference "Europe - Green, Digital, Global" of the Leonardo da Vinci promotion  in European Studies, was held on June 1, 2021 in Aula Magna of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". [...]

“Strategic Autonomy – the New Project of the European Union”

The paper "Strategic Autonomy - the New Project of the European Union" by prof. Ingrid Shikova was published in "Diplomacy Journal”- 25/2021. The article focuses on the concept of strategic economic autonomy, which is becoming an increasing need for the EU as a result of the lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis. [...]

“The European Union and the new normal – from social isolation to civic awareness”

The collection of papers from the fifth joint doctoral conference of Department of European Studies, Department of Political Science and Department of Public Administration on the topic "The European Union and the new normal - from social isolation to civic awareness" has been published. It took place on 21st November 2020. [...]

News

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 https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme/videos/431229817576676/

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. [...]

Prof. Ingrid Shikova took part in the conference “The Importance of the Romanian rotational presidency of the Council of the EU for Serbia and the Western Balkans”

Prof. Ingrid Shikova took part in the conference "The Importance of the Romanian rotational presidency of the Council of the EU for Serbia and the Western Balkans", organised by the Centre for Foreign Policy and Hanns Seidel Stiftung in Belgrade. She presented the results of the Bulgarian Presidency and discussed the perspectives for Serbia's EU integration process in the panel "Serbia and the Western Balkans - the perspective of the presidencies of the neighboring countries Bulgaria and Croatia". [...]

Recent analyses

A TIME TO REFLECT AND A TIME TO ACT

WHEN TALKING ABOUT MACEDONIA, WE MUST FOCUSE ON THE FUTURE, NOT ON THE PAST. IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR ALL

Differentiated Integration Management Through "SMART" Approach

RESULTS FROM THE EXPERT ASSESSMENT OF THE EU COUNCIL’S ROTATITING PRESIDENCY, CARRIED OUT BY BULGARIA IN THE FIRST HALF-YEAR OF 2018

Archive

“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

DID THE COOPERATION AND VERIFICATION MECHANISM AFFECT BULGARIA-ROMANIA?

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