Georgi Gotev

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.  
Politics 05-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – The ghost of Napoleon

This day (5 May) marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death. In his country, France, there is a big debate about whether this is an occasion to honour him or not at all.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

The Brief – With Russia, the worst is yet to come

The tensions between Russia and the West are increasing. Unfortunately, we have reason to suspect that the worst is yet to come.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

The Brief, powered by NGVA Europe – Sleepy Joe   

In his re-election campaign, Donald Trump tried to hurt his rival by alluding to his age and presumed lack of stamina. He called him “Sleepy Joe”.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

The Brief, powered by NGVA Europe – Remember Chernobyl

When a disaster strikes, humans bury the dead and heal the wounded. Sometimes they draw lessons, trying to limit the damage if disaster strikes again. But not always.
Global Europe 22-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Red red line

In his State of the Union speech on Wednesday (21 April), Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West that if it crosses “the red line” with Russia, it should expect an “asymmetrical, swift and harsh” response.
Future EU 19-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Facebook 2.0 for the Future of Europe?

Key EU officials presented today a multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe, a massive event that will be launched officially on Europe Day (or should we say Saint Schuman Day) on 9 May.

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Forza la diaspora!

In our changing Europe, worsening demography is often a catastrophe for democracy. Romania and Bulgaria are good examples of countries depleted of the healthiest part of their population, as hundreds of thousands of their most active and dynamic citizens chose...
Global Europe 13-04-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Putin’s gamble

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is taking a dangerous gamble, internally and externally. On the one hand, he is slowly killing his political opponent Alexei Navalny in a Gulag-type establishment. On the other, he is creating conditions for a spark to ignite a military conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Elections 01-04-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Dress rehearsal elections

As Bulgarians are gearing up for a general election on Sunday (4 April), the crucial issue - or risk, for some - is whether Boyko Borissov, who has run the poorest EU country with small interruptions since 2009, will get another mandate.

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – A NATO for Asia?

The Biden administration is wasting no time with its foreign agenda. Under the thumb of a very capable diplomat, Anthony Blinken, the US is mobilising its Asian allies against China in a way reminiscent of how NATO was built in the period after the Second World War, only faster.
Global Europe 22-03-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Spy hard

Hallelujah. A recent spy scandal in Bulgaria has reminded us that there other things besides COVID vaccines that are geopolitically important…
Global Europe 18-03-2021

The Brief, powered by Eurochild – If words could kill

US President Joe Biden gave an affirmative answer when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if he believed Vladimir Putin was a “killer”. You would think that such an important question and answer would have been carefully arranged in advance...
Europe's East 11-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – Georgia on my mind

How much good can a single man do for his country? And how many bad things? And isn’t it extraordinary if the same man can do good things during one part of his life and bad things in the other?
Coronavirus 08-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – The road to nowhere

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mass trauma on a scale larger than World War II, and the impact will last “for many years to come,” the World Health Organisation’s top official has said. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes that...
Future EU 04-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Conquistador

Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party has left the European People’s Party. Or the EPP has kicked out bad-boy Orbán. Both narratives are true, choose the one you like. Today we will dwell on the consequences.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Vaccine geopolitics

In any civilisation, one commodity is more precious than the others, and it naturally becomes the bedrock of power. Could be salt, could be gold, could be the US dollar. Now it’s the COVID-19 vaccines.
Future EU 26-02-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLIA – EU summit post-mortem

EU summits are like a regular medical check-up for our union. Expert eyes can immediately see how good its health is. One very good measurement is EU leaders’ ability to decide.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLIA – Russian roulette

EU ministers are meeting today (22 February) to discuss sanctions ranging from putting individual people on a blacklist to the “full monty” of more economic sanctions.
Elections 18-02-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – COVID elections

Like it or not, elections have been held and will continue to be held despite COVID-19 – and the pandemic will continue to leave its impact. Some elections and referendums in the EU in 2020 were postponed while others were...
Future EU 15-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Tourism with a mask

Within less than 12 months, the coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the travelling patterns of Europeans.
Politics 12-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – Who writes EP resolutions?

Lobbying is not a dirty word. But some lobbyists are dirty... On Thursday, the European Parliament passed a resolution highly critical of the human rights situation in Kazakhstan and of the way the recent parliamentary elections were held there.
Global Europe 08-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – A stress test for the EU

Many are criticizing EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell for his Moscow visit, seen as a fiasco and a humiliation for the European Union. We expect to hear calls for his resignation or dismissal in the European Parliament on Tuesday (9 February).
Politics 04-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – A tribute to COVID’s biggest victims

Everybody’s lifestyles have suffered because of the COVID pandemic, but clearly, the biggest victims are the young people. This is a tribute to them.