Georgi Gotev

Europe's East 19-05-2022

The Brief – The fall of Azov

The surrender of the Azov battalion in Mariupol is a milestone in Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. In terms of what will follow, there are two options.
Global Europe 16-05-2022

The Brief – Is Putin a CIA asset?

According to Russian propaganda, Gorbachev and Yeltsin were CIA agents tasked with destroying the USSR. This narrative, although debunked by the EU’s foreign affairs service, still holds in parts of Russian society; the last President of the USSR and the first...
Enlargement 12-05-2022

The Brief – The cost of not solving the Bulgarian veto

Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is reshaping how the EU conducts its enlargement policy. That will put additional pressure on Bulgaria to lift its veto on neighbouring North Macedonia's EU accession negotiations.
Europe's East 09-05-2022

The Brief – Why Putin cannot win

Vladimir Putin’s 9 May speech was highly anticipated. The general expectation was that he would double down on his war effort in Ukraine and sternly warn the West against further interference in what Russia considers its backyard.
Global Europe 05-05-2022

The Brief – What will Putin celebrate on 9 May?

For those who don’t know Russia well, we should start by saying that in that country, 9 May is elevated to a sort of religious extravaganza, like  Easter and Christmas wrapped into one.
Europe's East 02-05-2022

The Brief – Is the EU at war with Putin?

Helping Ukraine against the aggressor is a duty for all Europeans but there is a fine line between assisting Kyiv and waging war by proxy against Vladimir Putin, who has a nuclear button.
Global Europe 28-04-2022

The Brief – The worst job in the world

We all thought the job of the UN secretary-general was the ultimate achievement for a senior diplomat with a flawless reputation and outstanding international career. But the body language of Antonio Guterres during his meeting with Vladimir Putin suggests otherwise - that he, in fact, may have the worst job in the world.
Europe's East 25-04-2022

The Brief – Getting ready for a long war

On 24 February, Russia invaded Ukraine. The next day, EU leaders gathered for an extraordinary summit. At that time, they thought the war would only last a few days... This seems like ancient history now.

The Brief – A brief guide to nuclear anxiety

Those who read this text have survived COVID and COVID anxiety. The pandemic is no longer such a threat but there is a new malady on the horizon: nuclear anxiety.
Enlargement 14-04-2022

The Brief – Reinventing EU enlargement

The war in Ukraine is urging us to rethink many EU policies. One of them is EU enlargement.
Global Europe 11-04-2022

The Brief – Putin’s world is not so small

After launching a dirty war against Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has found himself isolated in the West, but he can still count on international support, including from some of the world's most populous countries.
Elections 07-04-2022

The Brief – Putinism as ideology

Elections took place in Serbia and Hungary, two countries with authoritarian leaders, on the same day, 3 April.

The Brief – Towards a Central Alliance?

With Ukraine looking to secure its future, the time is ripe to rethink the future security architecture of a large part of the EU – its Eastern flank, which represents a fragile 'centre' between Russia and Western Europe.
Europe's East 31-03-2022

The Brief – Mariupol: Hell on Earth

Hell is very close. Mariupol in Ukraine is 765 km from Constanța in Romania, 870 km from Varna in Bulgaria.  The city on the shores of the Azov Sea, which once had a population of more than 400,000, has been...
Global Europe 28-03-2022

The Brief – Blame it on the teleprompter

On Saturday, US President Joe Biden referred to his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin in a highly unusual way, by saying “For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power".
Global Europe 24-03-2022

The Brief – Wiping out Warsaw

Russia’s dirty war in Ukraine has for the first time since the 1960s opened Pandora’s box of escalation that may lead to a nuclear war.
Global Europe 21-03-2022

The Brief – Who’s naZi here?

Vladimir Putin demands the ‘denazification’ of Ukraine. But under Putin, Russia has turned into a totalitarian state strikingly reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
Europe's East 17-03-2022

The Brief – Six o’clock after the war

The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek, first published in 1921, remains a timeless and unsurpassed anti-war satire. It’s the most translated book of Czech literature. I read it first in Bulgarian when I was nine, although it’s not a children's book. Today I would like to share my favourite dialogue.
Global Europe 14-03-2022

The Brief – Crime and Punishment

Vladimir Putin’s dirty war in Ukraine drags on, much to his annoyance. In the meantime, ideas in the West are multiplying about how to punish him for his despicable aggression, the crimes already committed, and those yet to come.
Global Europe 10-03-2022

The Brief – Putin’s lost war

Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine has entered the third week with no end or victory in sight. No matter how many advances he makes on the ground - at the price of committing massive atrocities -  this is a war he cannot win and should not have started in the first place.
Global Europe 07-03-2022

The Brief – Taking Putin’s fake narratives seriously

The West is often taken by surprise when it comes to Russia because we fail to pay sufficient attention to Vladimir Putin’s fake narratives.
Europe's East 03-03-2022

The Brief – Is instant EU membership possible?

The idea of instant membership in the EU for Ukraine has become topical in recent days. Is it realistic? Let’s give it some thought.
Europe's East 28-02-2022

The Brief – Glory to Ukraine!

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the worst war in Europe since World War II, is only on its fourth day, but it has already powered previously unimaginable political changes, most of which are positive.
Global Europe 24-02-2022

The Brief – Why diplomacy with Putin failed

The two recent televised speeches of Russian President Vladimir Putin provide insight that may explain why attempts at diplomacy by Western leaders have failed.