Georgi Gotev

Global Europe 01-12-2022

The Brief — Political fiction

Political fiction may sound to many like a frivolous intellectual exercise, but I beg to differ. I think political fiction is necessary to better understand political reality.
Global Europe 25-11-2022

The Brief — Yerevan distress  

The summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in the capital of Armenia on 23-24 November provided another major public humiliation for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was snubbed, reprimanded, and exasperated by his closest allies.
Elections 23-11-2022

Bulgarian socialist MEPs vote against Russian terrorism resolution

While the European Parliament passed on Wednesday (23 November) a resolution to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, all five members of the group of Bulgarian socialists voted against it.
Enlargement 21-11-2022

The Brief — When will the Schengen disgrace end?

The obstructions Romania and Bulgaria are facing to enter the EU's passport-free Schengen area are a disgrace that ultimately makes the bloc look divided and incoherent to the outside world.
Central Asia 18-11-2022

Kazakhstan tells EU: We can supply all 30 critical raw materials you need

Officials from Kazakhstan told a Brussels audience on Thursday (17 November) that the resource-rich country in the near future be able to offer all the 30 critical raw materials the Union needs, according to a list adopted in 2020.
Global Europe 17-11-2022

The Brief — Missile scare aftermath

NATO officials were undoubtedly relieved to learn that the missile that hit Polish territory on Tuesday was more than likely Ukrainian and not Russian. Indeed, had the missile been Russian, this would have been the first attack on NATO territory...
Global Europe 14-11-2022

The Brief — Putin gone AWOL?

Vladimir Putin has disappeared. He is no longer on TV daily, as was the case in recent weeks. Even the Kremlin website doesn’t provide tangible proof of his existence after 9 November, except for a photo that, for all we know, may have been taken earlier.
Global Europe 10-11-2022

The Brief — Kherson is not yet Putin’s Waterloo

Ukrainian officials have kept their cool as Russia announced its retreat from Kherson – the only Ukrainian regional centre they had been able to occupy since their invasion began on 24 February. But the truth is that Ukraine discretely won a huge geopolitical battle.
Enlargement 09-11-2022

LEAK: Franco-German plan to resolve the Kosovo-Serbia dispute

A recent Franco-German proposal for a new dialogue framework between Kosovo and Serbia, which EURACTIV has obtained from a trusted source,  reveals indirectly, based on the text's interpretations, how little synergy exists between the two sides to solve the issue.
Technology 07-11-2022

The Brief — Quo vadis Twitter?

Twitter has long been the preferred social media platform of the Brussels bubble but since Elon Musk began reshaping the platform to suit his personal tastes, many feel pushed out of their comfort zone.
Media 04-11-2022

Whistleblower: Spyware helps the mafia rule in Cyprus

A Cypriot whistleblower and former aide to President Nikos Anastasiades has accused the EU country authorities of engaging in surveillance activities to the benefit of powerful Russians, something the president vehemently denies.
Global Europe 03-11-2022

The Brief — Autocrats of the world, unite!

The massive shipments of Iranian arms supplies to Russia represent a slippery slope toward military escalation, including nuclear proliferation.
Europe's East 02-11-2022

Exiled Belarusian investigative website deemed ‘extremist’ by Minsk

The authorities in Belarus branded as “extremist” an investigative website run by Belarusian journalists working from abroad, exposing massive corruption in the closest circle of the country’s President Alexander Lukashenko, as well as schemes to avoid EU sanctions.
Global Europe 02-11-2022

Civil proceedings launched in UK High Court against Wagner Group

Ukrainian victims of Russia’s illegal war announced on Tuesday (1 November) civil proceedings in London's High Court against the Russian private military company Wagner Group (WG) and its founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as ‘Putin’s chef’.
Global Europe 31-10-2022

The Brief — Putin at G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin still has not decided whether he will attend the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, between 15-16 November or send a high-level delegation in his place.
Global Europe 31-10-2022

Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff election on Sunday (30 October) that marked a stunning comeback for the leftist former president and the end of Brazil's most right-wing government in decades.
Global Europe 27-10-2022

The Brief — How to end a war

Ending wars with a peace treaty sounds like a thing of the past. Many recent wars have petered out without fanfare, but will this be the case for Russia's aggression against Ukraine?
Central Asia 24-10-2022

The Brief — Central Asia in EU focus?

There are signs that Central Asia is finally getting the attention it deserves from the EU institutions but this is more than business as usual, and the world has changed a lot since Russia invaded Ukraine eight months ago today.
Media 24-10-2022

Polish state TV instigates hate campaign against Brussels journalist

Polish state channel TVP has unleashed a hate campaign which has led to death threats against Dorota Bawolek, a well-known and respected Brussels journalist, who works for Polsat, the first private channel in Poland, widely considered as the most neutral.

Dutch parliament votes against Bulgaria and Romania joining Schengen

The Dutch Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday (20 October) stating that the Netherlands should oppose the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen border-free area.

The Brief — Borderline Frontex

The European Parliament has issued a stark warning to the EU’s border agency Frontex this week over its "misconduct" related to handling migrants at EU borders, in a move considered by many as a victory for human rights.
Global Europe 17-10-2022

The Brief — Lessons in geography

In the era of mass and social media, when the general public suddenly becomes familiar with a country's geography, it's rarely good news for the country. Au contraire, this usually means something bad is going on there.
Enlargement 13-10-2022

The Brief — Acceleration of history

Yesterday the European Commission presented its annual enlargement reports, which was also an opportunity to look into the many mishaps of the process. These days, the war in Ukraine could possibly lead to an acceleration of history – and speed up the enlargement process.
Energy 13-10-2022

Putin puts ‘gas hub’ plan to Erdogan, hints at sabotage attempt against TurkStream

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (13 October) that Turkey was the most reliable route to deliver gas to the European Union and proposed to build what he called a supply hub there.