Experts & Staff: Alumni



Mariya Simeonova is the programme coordinator for the Wider Europe programme and ECFR’s Sofia office. She focuses on the Western Balkans and Turkey.

Simeonova has previously completed internships at the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU, and the European Commission as a Blue Book Trainee at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. Prior to joining ECFR, Simeonova was a civil servant at the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance.   

Simeonova holds a BA degree in International Relations from Sofia University and an MA degree in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Her master’s thesis focused on coherence issues in EU external energy policy and relations with Russia.


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  • ?De veras est? en crisis la izquierda?

    Juan Fernando L?pez Aguilar - 28 July, 2010

    En Europa, la crisis tiene su lado político: el declive de la participación y el auge del populismo. La izquierda parece haber sido superada por una revolución conservadora. El miembro del Consejo de ECFR López Aguilar llama a esa izquierda atacada…

    A test cynically calibrated to fix the result

    Wolfgang M?nchau - 27 July, 2010

    The EU's bank stress tests were flawed. The methodology suffered fundamental problems and was designed to fix the results. As ECFR council member Wolfgang Münchau argues in the Financial Times, if you tried to test the safety of cars using the same method, you would end up…

    Coalitions of the weaklings

    Richard Gowan - 23 July, 2010

    Before the euro crisis, Europe's leaders talked up the EU's global role. Now they are emphasising Europe's weaknesses and turning their backs on important foreign and security issues. In the meantime, crises continue to bubble in places like Sudan and the Middle East. Richard…

    Kosovo: statehood isn?t the problem

    Richard Gowan - 22 July, 2010

    In its advisory opinion of 22 July 2010, the International Court of Justice said that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 "did not violate general international law". But is statehood the real question hanging over Kosovo? Richard Gowan…

    Embryo states

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 20 July, 2010

    Everyone's talking about the BRICs. But we shouldn't forget about the territories trying to become states. Kosovo, Palestine, Taiwan and East Timor: they're all looking for our attention, and in some cases make better 'states' that the recognised ones.

    PIGS can fly

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 13 July, 2010

    Spain's footballing triumph at the World Cup came as a welcome distraction for the Spanish people. Their economy is a shambles; their politicians are struggling to do their jobs; and the Spanish presidency of the EU badly damaged their international reputation. But at least…

    The BRIC bloc

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 7 July, 2010

    The Political West (the US, Europe and Japan) are in the doldrums while the BRICs keep growing. A third of world economic growth in the last decade has taken place in BRIC countries. So far, so good for the BRICs. But what next?

    Euro crisis: Europe's crisis?

    ECFR - 5 July, 2010

    Europe in crisis - What next?

    ECFR - 5 July, 2010

    The second of two high-profile seminars hosted by ECFR to mark the opening of our new London offices in Westminster. A panel of George Soros, Emma Bonino, Joschka Fischer, Lord Kerr, Anatole Kaletsky and Mark Leonard examine how Europe is coping with the financial crisis and…

    Global Events Calendar

    2 July, 2010

    A danger or an opportunity? Post-Copenhagen China and climate change

    François Godement - 1 July, 2010

    The internal Chinese response to the Copenhagen climate conference

    Happy birthday, Congo!

    Richard Gowan & Alice Richard - 30 June, 2010

    Fifty years after gaining independence, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains deeply unstable. The help of China and the EU is needed to limit the dangers. But one is more likely than the other to lend a hand.