Georgi Gotev with Alexandra Brzozowski

Global Europe 14-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EUSALT – Trump ain’t stupid

The Brussels bubble assumes many things, and one of them is that Donald Trump is some sort of a clumsy idiot. This edition of The Brief begs to differ...
Future EU 08-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EFPIA – Remembering 1918

World leaders will gather in Paris on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of 11 November Armistice that ended World War One. We may not realise it, but we are possibly still experiencing the aftershocks of 'The Great War'.
29-10-2018

The Brief ¿ No pasarán ?

Brazil, the largest country of Latin America and the fourth largest democracy, elected a racist, misogynous and homophobic Trump-like politician, sparking fears for the future of the Amazon rainforest, the global climate and the mental state of mankind.
Politics 26-10-2018

The Brief – Dual values

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani was far from being politically correct when he said basic income offered up by Italy’s populist government will end up in the pockets “of the Roma, of foreigners”, and that the money would not benefit poor Italian citizens.
Politics 22-10-2018

The Brief – Raising the EU flag over Romania

Romanians still raise the EU flag when they protest against the crackdown on the country's independent judiciary, which has been capable of exposing high-level graft, including the theft of EU funds.
Global Europe 19-10-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Shiny happy people

A sculpture representing shiny happy people holding hands appeared on Schuman roundabout this week while EU leaders held their most useless EU summit in years, in what was a botched attempt to fix issues such as Brexit and migration.
05-10-2018

The Brief – Too much sabre-rattling

Relations between Russia and the West are reaching a frighteningly low point. A recent statement by the US Ambassador to NATO reminded many of the 1961 Cuban missile crisis.
Politics 17-09-2018

The Brief – Three Seas, two leaders

Let’s not beat about the bush. The Three Seas Initiative (TSI) is a Poland-promoted anti-Russian and pro-US project. And it kicks off today.
Brexit 14-09-2018

The Brief – Time border for Ireland?

Ireland is the biggest victim of Brexit. In the absence of an agreement between Brussels and London, a hard border could be imposed between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which sounds as absurd as imposing a frontier across Luxembourg.
11-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by the European Parliament – Orbán forever

The year is 2030. Viktor Orbán is re-elected in Hungary for the sixth time. All of the leaders from the times when EU institutions were voting to ostracise him are gone. Many are forgotten.
Politics 04-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by Danfoss – What’s more important than Selmayr?

Next May, EU citizens will directly elect the new European Parliament. Faced with a surge of anti-EU and anti-system sentiments, they need to be reassured that the good old EU is doing things right. But is it doing the right things?
Global Europe 28-08-2018

The Brief – Changing borders in Europe???

It’s amazing that the European Commission envisages land swaps to settle Kosovo-Serbia relations. Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn said it’s a bilateral solution which should not serve as a blueprint for other issues. But not everyone is convinced.  

The Brief – A fence across the Mediterranean

The mini-summit of 16 held in Brussels on Sunday was like a workshop in which pupils were asked to find an easy solution to a difficult problem: in this case, how to respond to the refugee crisis.
Politics 13-06-2018

The Brief – Anti-system diplomacy? Let’s have more!

On the same day, 12 June 2018, anti-system politicians in two wildly different spots of the globe did their best to solve the world’s most complicated conundrums.
Elections 18-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Having 5-Star in ALDE wasn’t a bad idea

As Italy gets closer to having a cabinet dominated by the 5-Star Movement, the rejection of this force by the liberal ALDE group in January 2017 increasingly looks like a strategic mistake.
Freedom of thought 03-05-2018

The Brief – Press freedom, a candle in the wind

Every year, May 3 should remind us of the fundamental principles of press freedom, and is an occasion to look around and evaluate press freedom in our environment and around the world.
Elections 18-04-2018

The Brief – Selmayr stays. What next?

Is the Selmayr affair closed? That, at least, is how the Commission reads the resolution adopted by the European Parliament today. 
Politics 09-04-2018

The Brief – Economics by populism

One of the reasons so many voted for Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz yesterday is the good state of the Hungarian economy.
Politics 29-03-2018

The Brief, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Bulgaria’s mid-term review

Three months of Bulgaria’s EU presidency have elapsed. So how is the bloc’s poorest member faring in its debut at the helm?
Politics 27-03-2018

The Brief, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Losing my religion

The Commission has said and repeated that the bureaucratic procedures for appointing Martin Selmayr as Secretary General of the EU executive had been followed “religiously”. If this is true, I’m losing my religion.
Global Europe 23-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – EU risks escalating diplomatic crisis with Russia, says Bulgarian PM

The statement agreed by EU leaders blaming Russia for the Salisbury spy attack only risks further escalating the diplomatic crisis between Europe and Moscow, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has warned.
Politics 09-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Dubious sale has potential to sink two governments

The Bulgarian and Czech governments are trembling because of the unfolding scandals surrounding a deal to sell the assets of ČEZ Bulgaria to an obscure private company with no experience. ČEZ is a Czech state energy giant in which pro-Russian President Miloš Zeman has a lot of sway.
Politics 07-03-2018

The Brief, powered by PLATFORMA – Would you Buymayr or Selmayr?

As a Twitter sage asked yesterday, would you Buymayr or Selmayr at this point?
Enlargement 02-03-2018

The Brief, powered by PLATFORMA – The Merkel of the Balkans

Ten days ago Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev went to Mutti Merkel to seek her support in trying to untangle the eternal name dispute with Greece, a mess that has for many years prevented his country from joining NATO and starting EU accession negotiations.