Georgi Gotev

Global Europe 29-11-2021

The Brief, powered by ELF — Paris-London at their worst

Just like at the Belarus-Poland border, migration is exacerbating the relations between Paris and London. This Brief is an effort to make sense of the latest conflict between the two powerful neighbours who love to hate each other and have fought many wars in history.
Global Europe 25-11-2021

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E — Balkan low-cost

Can you imagine such a tempting offer: A shopping excursion to Istanbul, leaving from North Macedonia by bus, spending three nights in a four-star hotel at the Bosporus and back, total cost €79? With an option for a 5-star hotel, bringing it to €85??
Enlargement 22-11-2021

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E — Bulgarian elections, Macedonia veto

In Skopje, there is hope that the elections in neighbouring Bulgaria will unlock the country’s veto on the start of North Macedonia's EU accession negotiations before the end of the year. This Brief is an educated guess at whether such a scenario - which would be greatly beneficial to the volatile Western Balkans - could materialise.
Digital & Media 18-11-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — The Dirty Dozen

The European Commission has been caught by surprise. In its efforts to fight disinformation, it developed instruments to monitor Russia. However, new research shows that the anti-vaxxer disinformation campaign to which many EU citizens have fallen victim actually originates in the United States.
Europe's East 15-11-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — EU’s solidarity with Poland has its limits

Poland can count on EU solidarity over the escalating Belarus border crisis. But this solidarity has its limits while people are dying at the EU external border, trapped in freezing conditions.
Global Europe 11-11-2021

The Brief, powered by The Martens Centre — Games politicians play

The current stand-off at the Belarus-Polish border will enter geopolitics textbooks. At least we hope so, because the alternative is that it might trigger an outright war, and then we will forget about textbooks.
Coronavirus 08-11-2021

The Brief, powered by The Martens Centre — The East European COVID syndrome

It took a pandemic to realise just how different societies in the more successful West and in the less prosperous East of Europe are.
Global Europe 04-11-2021

The Brief – Dangerous Liaisons

The EU is walking a tightrope when it comes to Taiwan, the island described by pundits as the most dangerous place on Earth right now.
Global Europe 28-10-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — Hybrid warfare

There is no universally accepted definition of hybrid warfare, but all agree that it’s a kind of war that doesn’t look like a war, although it aims at achieving the same objective: cause major harm to the enemy, through unconventional means, which are cheaper and more effective.
Climate change 21-10-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — Guess who’s (not) coming to COP dinner

Last week, Queen Elizabeth was caught expressing her annoyance at world leaders snubbing the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Elections 18-10-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — Europe’s squeeze on sleaze

Is the sudden departure of a number of prime ministers, who have faced accusations of corruption, just a coincidence?
Energy 14-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — Stars align for nuclear

The current energy price spike is something of a storm. But it is also wind in the sails of nuclear energy in Europe, after many years of being given the cold shoulder.
Energy 11-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — Energising the EU bashing

The recent surge of electricity and gas prices to record heights across Europe has a huge potential for EU-bashing in member states, something the EU institutions should try to avert — if they can.
Energy 07-10-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE — Pipeline politics for dummies

It’s not easy to make sense of the thousands of stories about Nord Stream 2. To make it simple, Russia and Germany want the pipeline, while Ukraine, Poland, and the US are against it. But why should Ukraine, Poland, the US and others meddle into what looks like bilateral business?

The Brief, powered by GIE — French frigates to fight German submarines in the Aegean?

The EU is quick to call for de-escalation in case of conflicts, it is ambitious about setting itself targets such as “strategic autonomy”, and it succeeds to make its voice heard in the world.
Enlargement 29-09-2021

The Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA — The enlargement train stops at Brdo

The author of this brief was present at the Thessaloniki 2003 summit, where EU leaders pledged to the Western Balkan countries that they would join the bloc when they are ready. It was a critical juncture. EU enlargement was on its...
Global Europe 27-09-2021

The Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA — Geopolitics without Merkel

The sudden rise of tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (adding Albania to the latter) coincided with the German elections held on 26 September. But is it a coincidence?
Central Europe 23-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — Vucic, Orban and the Putinisation of Europe

The latest news is that Central European leaders signed a joint declaration today saying immigration should not be the answer to the EU’s demographic challenges and calling on the bloc to keep family policy under national jurisdiction. In other words, they want to have it their way.
Global Europe 20-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — Macron has wind in his sails

The EU has had a glorious period of big projects — the single market, enlargement, the euro. Reform in this period, including treaty change, was driven by the sheer scope of these huge projects.
Future EU 15-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — All is well, Madame la Marquise

“Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise, tout va très bien, tout va très bien,” a popular French song goes. This has become a proverbial catchphrase to express an attitude of blindness in the face of a difficult situation –...
Global Europe 09-09-2021

The Brief — xEUnophobia

The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan is a tragedy for the Afghans, but it has also provided a sad indication of the growing xenophobia in the EU.
Coronavirus 06-09-2021

The Brief — Close encounter with anti-vaxxers

This author of the Brief is back from the country with the lowest vaccination rate in the EU – Bulgaria – where only 15.5% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, while the EU average is 70%. The authorities in...
Global Europe 02-09-2021

The Brief – The anti-Americanism challenge

An old joke goes: “What does the good Lord do to punish the Americans? He sends them tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes. And what does the good Lord do to punish the other nations? He sends them Americans.”
Politics 29-07-2021

The Brief – Waiting for the next wave

There is news you want to hear, and news you will ignore. These days, Europeans are packing for their summer vacations. The news we don’t want to hear is that by the time we return from well-deserved holidays, the next wave of COVID-19 will have gathered force.