Georgi Gotev

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.
Global Europe 26-07-2021

The Brief – Go home Erdogan

Cyprus is an excellent destination for holidays, but it is also a geopolitical volcano. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who doesn’t miss an opportunity to annoy the EU and infuriate Greece, is very active during this holiday season. Among other...
Politics 15-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – It’s the youth, stupid

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easier. Fish are jumping and although COVID is high, and a nasty variant too, it's not yet at everyone's doors, at least for the time being.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – James Bond movie script

What are the main ingredients for a James Bond movie? A handsome actor to impersonate the main hero, and a script involving a villain plotting a novel scheme to blackmail and subjugate the world.
Eastern Europe 08-07-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Three Seas riddle

Sofia hosts a summit of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) on Thursday and Friday (8-9 July) at a very inconvenient time – just before the snap general elections to be held in Bulgaria on Sunday. It’s not great when geopolitics interferes with politics.

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Far-right political genetics

In the latest tweak to Europe's political map, far-right parties from 16 EU countries, including France’s Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS, Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, united on Friday (2 July) with the aim of making themselves heard in the debate on the future of Europe.

The Brief, powered by ESA – Black Sea sabre rattling

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (30 June) that Russia could have sunk a British warship that, according to Moscow, had illegally entered its territorial waters.
Enlargement 28-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ESA – In the ghetto

A glance at a map of Europe shows that the European Union is strangely absent in one corner, known as the Western Balkans. And though the region's six countries have been promised they will one day join the bloc, they appear to be growing steadily further away from the EU, rather than closer, with each passing year.
Politics 24-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Rainbow EU, divided EU

Who would have thought it? With such big issues like Russia and Turkey on the EU summit agenda, not to mention the COVID-19 travel certificate, without which our holidays will be spoiled, LGBTQI+ rights would eclipse both geopolitics and our sacrosanct lifestyle?
Enlargement 21-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Debunking the Bulgarian veto

EU enlargement issues are decided by unanimity. One of the highlights of the upcoming EU summit on Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 June) will be the attempt to overcome the persistent Bulgarian veto on the start of North Macedonia’s accession negotiations.
Global Europe 17-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ITI – Biden vs Putin: Who won?

As the dust settles after the meeting of the two leaders on the neutral Swiss playground, a legitimate question to ask is which one of them got the most out of this risky summit. And who were the collateral victims.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ITI – What is the EU doing at G7?

At the G7 round table, there are actually nine seats. At last week's three-day G7 summit in Cornwall, two of them were taken by European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (both of whom managed to grab a seat this time).
Politics 10-06-2021

The Brief – Where have all the Russian tourists gone?

Russian tourists, it seems, will be avoiding beaches in Greece and Bulgaria this year. Our take is that the epidemiological situation surely cannot be the excuse and that the Kremlin has decided which countries to reward with tourists and which...
Global Europe 04-06-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – American leadership is back

Like it or not, American leadership is back. If you ask Bulgarians, they are ecstatic that the US has dealt a heavy blow to a mafia system the EU tacitly tolerated.
Future EU 31-05-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – God is a concept

The EU has started discussing its future. Our take is that in order to be able to project itself in time and space, the EU needs to be at peace with itself and that most specifically includes its Christian roots...
Global Europe 27-05-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Free Roman Protasevich!

The minds of EU decision-makers have been focused on Belarus' forced landing on Sunday of a European airliner travelling between two member states. Leaders have vowed that Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko will be made to pay a high price for what many are calling state piracy.
Global Europe 24-05-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – The pirates who came in from the cold

EU leaders completely rewrote the agenda of their summit discussions on Monday after learning with dismay that Belarus had forced a passenger plane carrying a wanted journalist to divert and land in its capital. The scandal is huge. A passenger plane...
Global Europe 20-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIGAEurope – Realpolitik

The Gazprom-favoured pipeline Nord Stream 2 has been a major irritant in world affairs for a couple of years now. All of a sudden however it stopped being an issue, during the US-Russia meeting in Reykjavik.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIGAEurope – PalEUstine and IsraEUel

The EU has every interest to defuse the fresh outburst of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, as millions of Europeans identify themselves with one or the other side. But does the EU have the means?
Future EU 10-05-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Come taste Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe was launched on 9 May, without fireworks. Come to think of it, it's probably better this way.