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The parliament of Bulgaria has adopted a declaration criticizing Ukraine’s policy toward the Bulgarian minority in Odesa province (see EDM, May 26). This move might seem to indicate that Bulgaria is about to emulate Hungary or Romania, each of which, in its own way (Hungary more persistently and harshly), has in recent years criticized Ukraine’s policies toward the Hungarian and Romanian minorities, respectively.Those complaints developed in response to Ukraine’s reforms in the education system and the local administration system, where Soviet-legacy models are finally being replaced with European ones. And notably, those complaints come—if not in intention then in effect—as addenda to Russia’s own propaganda alleging discriminatory treatment of Ukraine’s “Russian-speaking population.” The addenda from Budapest, Bucharest or, now, Sofia are minor in volume and tenor, compared with Moscow’s propaganda. Nor are they coordinated with Moscow or instigated by it (suspicions to this effect remain largely unsubstantiated). Yet, unfounded reproofs to Ukraine over ethnic minority issues in its borderlands are disconcerting when they arise from Central and Eastern European countries of the Euro-Atlantic community with vital stakes of their own in Ukraine’s stability and cohesion.The Bulgarian National Assembly’s (parliament) May 20 declaration “On Ukraine’s administrative-territorial reform and the protection of the Bulgarian community’s rights and integrity” expresses “categorical disagreement with the planned administrative changes” affecting the Bulgarian minority in the Odesa province’s Bolhrad district. The parliament “obligates Bulgaria’s government to take all possible actions” for preserving the Bolhrad district’s existing administrative boundaries. The parliament “insists that this is a priority issue” and calls on the government “urgently to arrange a Bulgarian-Ukrainian inter-governmental meeting” on this matter. Additionally, the Bulgarian parliament references the inter-ministerial protocols (see below) on support for Bulgarian-language schools in Ukraine (Parliament.bg, May 20).Two members of parliament from the nationalist-conservative United Patriots, one from the right-wing populist Volya party, and one from the center-right governing party Citizens for Bulgaria’s European Development (GERB) initiated this declaration. It passed by 109 votes in favor, none against, 19 abstentions, and 102 not voting in the 240-seat chamber (Parliament.bg, May 20; Dumskaya.net, May 20).The declaration responds to Ukraine’s administrative-territorial reform in this part of the Odesa region along the same lines as in all Ukraine. The Soviet-style, centrally-supervised districts (“raions”) are to be replaced throughout the country by smaller, self-governing communities (“hromadas”) in the framework of Ukraine’s administrative decentralization. This reform, for years in preparation, is to go into effect ahead of the local elections scheduled to be held country-wide in October.Bolhrad raion (in red), Odesa oblast, in southwestern Ukraine (Source: Wikimedia Commons)Ukraine’s Bulgarian minority is concentrated in several existing raions of the Odesa province—including the Bolhrad raion, where it forms a local majority of 61 percent. The town of Bolhrad functions as the Bulgarian minority’s informal capital. Under the imminent reform, this raion-level territorial unit would be replaced by five hromada– (community)-level units, each amalgamating several villages into a self-governing unit. Nothing would change for the Bulgarian minority in terms of voting for local Bulgarian mayors and other community leaders or running its own cultural institutions. The Bulgarian parliament’s declaration seems to misunderstand the local situation, assuming that the reform threatens the minority’s identity somehow. The parliament’s declaration seems, furthermore, to equate the Bolhrad raion with the whole Bulgarian minority in this part of the Odesa province. Bulgarians, however, also reside more or less compactly (although not as majorities) in three nearby raions: Artsiz, Tarutino and Izmail (and in smaller numbers in other raions), all of which are to be replaced by hromadas of amalgamated villages (see accompanying article).The Bulgarian parliament’s May 20 declaration departs from the non-polemical, cooperative tenor that had characterized the Bulgarian-Ukrainian inter-governmental dialogue on the Ukrainian school reform’s impact on Bulgarian minority schools in Ukraine. The declaration is a far cry from the friendly spirit of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s discussions with Ukraine’s then-president Petro Poroshenko in 2018, when Borissov twice visited Ukraine, including the Bulgarian settlement area in the Odesa province. Borissov brought up the school issue in the wider context of bilateral cooperation projects and of both countries’ relations with the European Union (BTA, Novinite, May 26–28, 2018 and October 4–5, 2018).Differences over the minority schools issue have been resolved after that by means of cooperation protocols between the two countries’ education ministries for the school years 2020–2024 (Ukrinform, May 20, 2020). Borissov has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to visit Bulgaria (Novinite, January 31, 2020). By contrast, Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis never visited neighboring Ukraine, and he canceled a visit by then-president Poroshenko to Romania as a protest against Ukraine’s school reform affecting Romanian schools in the Chernovtsy province.Anton Kisse, the deputy to the Ukrainian parliament from the single-mandate electoral district centered on Bolhrad and Tarutino (see above), is plausibly believed to have helped inspire the Bulgarian parliament’s declaration. Apparently, he is interested in preserving the boundaries not only of the raions but also of his electoral district.Kisse has been a perennial and imperishable leader of this ethnic community for the last three decades. He presides over the Association of Bulgarians of Ukraine and is a veteran deputy to the Verkhovna Rada (2004–2006 and 2012 to date). Kisse has been aligned all along with the parties in power in Kyiv, making deals with them—or with groups close to them—as they rotate in and out of the presidency and the central government. He distanced himself from Russia’s attempts to subvert the Odesa province in the heyday of the Novorossiya project and notably disavowed the Moscow-instigated “Bessarabian People’s Council” and “Bessarabian Republic” projects in the Odesa province in 2015 (see EDM, April 9, 13, 2015). A member of the Party of Regions, Kisse moved in 2015 to co-chair one of that party’s offshoots, the Nash Krai (Our Land) party, based on an informal deal with the Poroshenko administration. In 2019, Kisse joined the Za Maibutne (For the Future) parliamentary group, which is close to Ihor Kolomoysky—a move by which Kisse drew close to President Zelenskyy’s camp. Kisse is a cautious, conservative representative of the old nomenklatura, a status quo–oriented politician, interested in retaining his position as key power broker in the Bulgarian community as well as between it and the central authorities.The Ukrainian parliament’s committee on state administration, local self-government and regional development held talks on May 22 in Kyiv with local mayors and community leaders from the Odesa province, including those from Bolhrad and other Bulgarian-populated localities there. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rebuffed the Bulgarian parliament’s declaration as “unacceptable interference into Ukraine’s internal affairs,” while allowing, however, that the “Bolhrad district’s status would ultimately be resolved by taking the local citizens’ views into account.” The ministry has initiated discussions with the Bulgarian embassy in Kyiv on this matter, preparatory to an inter-ministerial dialogue with Sofia (Ukrinform, May 20, 22; see accompanying article).
15 Plaza Street West in BrooklynBrooklyn’s real estate boom has made Park Slope one of the priciest neighborhoods in New York City. But one prime location, just steps from Prospect Park and a subway stop, has remained stubbornly empty for decades.The lot, at 15 Plaza Street West, once had a paddle tennis court for the stately Montauk Club next door. But the social club sold it to developer Donald Minerva in 1998, according to property records and Montauk Club general manager Larry Berson.The court was ripped out and the lot has remained vacant ever since, covered by weeds that reach eye level at times.Minerva has proposed at least two developments for the site, which stretches from Plaza Street to Eighth Avenue, but both fell through, according to Berson and city records.The first was a 15-story, 150-foot-tall building with 13 apartments that Minerva filed plans for in 1999, according to the Department of Buildings. He withdrew that plan in December 2005, citing “no work done” as the reason, agency records show.ADVERTISEMENTFive years ago Minerva applied to build a five-story, single-family home spanning 8,700 square feet and standing 58 feet tall, according to city records. Architect William Bialosky was to design it. But in early 2015 the Department of Buildings deemed the application incomplete, according to agency spokeswoman Abigail Kunitz.Kunitz said it is common for such applications to go through several rounds of examination before being accepted, and the agency does not know why Minerva decided not to continue. Neither Minerva nor Bialosky responded to requests for comment.Berson said he would love to see Minerva put up something, at least a community garden or even a parking lot. He called its current state harmful to the Montauk Club, which was founded in 1889.“It doesn’t help because he keeps it looking pretty bad, and everybody assumes it’s part of the club,” he said. “So we do keep up on it, but because it’s an empty lot, people just throw garbage there.”Occasionally people relieve themselves on the derelict property as throngs of Park Slopers stream to and from the Grand Army Plaza subway station 50 feet away.Despite its unhappiness with the lot, the social club has not considered trying to buy it back, Berson said.But Alex Maroni, an agent at Douglas Elliman who focuses on Park Slope, said it is “inconceivable” that Minerva hasn’t received at least some offers for the property.“He probably gets offers all the time to buy that lot,” he said. “I bet every time he goes to check his mail, his mailbox is filled with ‘I want to buy this lot from you.’”Apartments in the North Slope fetch $1,000 per square foot or more, as Minerva undoubtedly knows: He is a licensed real estate broker and president of New Millennium Real Estate in Park Slope, according to its website.Given the site’s location in a historic district, any development would require approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, Maroni acknowledged. He speculated that Minerva is simply not motivated to sell or develop it.“My guess is that it doesn’t cost him much to own, and he’s just patient,” Maroni said, describing the situation as “one of these stalemates where a guy has no particular motive to let it go for less than he thinks it’s worth.”Charlie Ruoff, an agent at Brown Harris Stevens’ 7th Avenue Park Slope office, echoed Maroni’s point. The attention generated by any project Minerva undertook might be one reason he hasn’t moved forward, he said.“It’s going to have a lot of scrutiny, not just from the Montauk Club but from everybody who owns nearby and across the way,” Ruoff said.Referring to one of Minerva’s past proposals, Ruoff said, “Something was floated, but it was sort of garish. It didn’t fit with the mindset of the neighborhood. That may have been a reason why it was pulled back.”At about the same time that Minerva first sought to develop his lot, a few locals did object to plans for a 16-story building on another long-vacant parcel, two blocks away at 939 Union Street. But that project, the Shinnecock, completed in 2003, was a success. Its units have sold recently for an average price of nearly $1,300 per square foot. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
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Embed from Getty ImagesCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that his club are in negotiations with Fulham over a possible move for left-back Joe Bennett. West London Sport revealed that Fulham were in talks with Cardiff over a potential deal to sign Bennett, while Bordeaux’s Maxime Poundje is also an option.AdChoices广告Fulham want to sign a left-back and Bennett, 27, could follow in the footsteps of Scott Malone, who moved to Craven Cottage from Cardiff a year ago.Fulham sold Malone to Huddersfield earlier this summer and are looking to bring in a replacement before the transfer window closes.“Fulham are talking to our people. I’m not aware anything has happened,” said Warnock.The former QPR boss added: “He has a buy-out clause in his contract and it’s up to them if they meet it. They are entitled to talk to him but it doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.”Bennett made 25 appearances for Cardiff last season after being signed from Aston Villa.He joined Villa from Middlesbrough in 2012 and made 32 league appearances during his four-year spell with the Midlands club.A deal for Poundje, 24, was agreed in principle when Fulham also struck a deal with Bordeaux for Diego Rolan.Embed from Getty ImagesUruguay striker Rolan has since stalled over a move in the hope a Premier League club comes in for him.And while Poundje, a Cameroon international, remains a possible signing for the Whites, they will opt for Bennett if an agreement can be reached with Cardiff.Meanwhile, Fulham are in discussions with Burton, who want to re-sign Cauley Woodrow on loan. See also:Fulham in talks to sign Cardiff left-back BennettFulham looking to complete deal for Liverpool winger OjoFulham held to tense goalless draw by Leeds UnitedFulham reject offer from Spurs for SessegnonJokanovic confirms Piazon broken legJokanovic unhappy with officials over Piazon injuryFulham confirm loan signing of Liverpool’s OjoWoodrow completes Bristol City loan moveFulham complete Fonte signingFulham still without defender MadlFulham agree loan deal for Soares Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
This morning, we covered a report from website Passione Inter which said Crystal Palace are interested in Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa. It’s been claimed that the London side have ‘set their sights’ on the player, who’s having a loan spell at Flamengo until the end of the year.Besides Gabigol, the Eagles would also be interested in Francesco Caputo from Sassuolo, although there weren’t many details about that.Now it seems that whoever their source was, this person has spitting it all out. Because website Calciomercato.it also has an ‘exclusive’ story about this hunt.Embed from Getty ImagesRegarding Gabigol, Calciomercato says he had already been followed by Crystal Palace a year ago, before he was loaned out to Flamengo.Now there should be a ‘decisive’ meeting between Inter and the Brazilian club, and the Premier League side may have a chance due to the Nerazzurri’s will to make some money with a sale.Regarding Caputo, Calciomercato says there are no contacts between Crystal Palace and Sassuolo for now. They claim that the idea is just to ‘keep an eye’ on the striker.But the ‘hottest hypothesis’ is the return of Michy Batshuayi, Calciomercato says. The striker is back at Chelsea after just returning from a loan at Palace, and isn’t getting a lot of playing time at Stamford Bridge.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia我們現正尋找希望使用市面上最新幾乎隱形的助聽器的香港試用者。限50歲以上*聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoLifeStly.comThe greatest guitarists of all time, rankedLifeStly.comUndo