Bulgaria Struggles with Syrian Refugee Influx (10/29)

By Leah Katherine Bewley, European Affairs Editorial Assistant

As the Syrian conflict rages on, the flow of refugees requires humanitarian assistance from an expanding number of neighboring countries. Bulgaria is among them. The Bulgarian Ministry of Interior has called this “the biggest refugee crisis in the country in the past 90 years.”  While Bulgaria has fewer refugees, compared to Turkey and Lebanon, it is not equipped for the number already present in the country. And that number is growing rapidly. “We have a huge increase of the number of refugees crossing the Turkish-Bulgarian border, and we are in a situation now that we can hardly manage,” said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin at the European Institute last month. “We didn’t have the capacities, the expert support. So now we are in a situation where we have to react quickly and build physical as well as expert capacities…”


EU Assesses International Aviation Emissions Deal – Glass Half Empty or Half Full (10/15)

By Brian Beary, Washington Correspondent for Europolitics

A global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in aviation has been concluded at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. From an EU standpoint, the deal has positives and negatives. The green light was given to create a global cap and trade system for airplane emissions, but a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the EU’s highly-controversial Emissions Trading System (ETS) application to air transport.


Turkey Does Not Want To Be Left Out From The U.S.-EU Trade Talks (10/11)

By Selen Akses, Researcher at the Economic Development Foundation(IKV) in Istanbul    

The United States and the European Union are currently negotiating a trade agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement) that would create the largest integrated market in the world, yet a key emerging player, Turkey with the world’s 16th largest economy, could be left out of the agreement. Turkey could experience a major and potentially negative impact due to its previously established Customs Union with the European Union.