Georgi Gotev

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.
Brexit 01-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Von der Leyen’s worst week

The European Commission is under tremendous pressure. It is struggling to make sure that companies that produce vaccines, for which it has paid €2.7 billion in advance and with which it has signed contracts, stop sending their vaccines elsewhere, harming the interests of the Europeans.
Global Europe 27-01-2021

The Brief – Wind of change

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell will go to Russia in the first week of February. The decision to make a rare physical visit in these COVID times is largely on account of the Navalny dossier: Borrell is expected to press for the release of the Kremlin critic.
Global Europe 21-01-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Can the EU trust Erdogan?

With the visit of Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu to Brussels, Turkey is attempting to change tack vis-à-vis the EU.
Coronavirus 14-01-2021

The Brief – Travel in EU, the obstacle course

Travel has become a nightmare lately. In my journalistic capacity, I still do some travel in the EU during COVID-19, although sometimes I come to regret it. Because every country has its own rules. One requires that you bring a...
Global Europe 12-01-2021

The Brief – The new fascism?

Last week's storming of the Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters calls for serious reflection. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has already published a blog post to that effect, titled “The events in Washington and what it means for Europe”.
Coronavirus 14-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Where have the populists gone?

Where have Europe’s far-right populists disappeared to? Where are Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Matteo Salvini and the others? There has not been a peep from them for a long time – almost since COVID-19 came about.
Future EU 09-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – EU summits as storms

There are several established methodologies to measure tropical storms and hurricanes, but none for measuring EU summits. Most summits will not be remembered in EU history, Some bring memories thanks to anecdotes outside the summit room, like Jacques Chirac answering...
Digital 07-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Journalism from the couch

Nine months have elapsed since journalists have had no other choice but to exercise their profession from the couch. Press briefings are held online, leaders speak in front of a microphone with no one behind it. Even institutional leaks are...
Global Europe 30-11-2020

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Imagine Turkey without Erdogan

At the 10-11 December EU summit, the main foreign policy intrigue is whether the member states will adopt sanctions against Recep Erdoğan’s Turkey. But Germany and France are divided.
Coronavirus 23-11-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Vaccines, the next battle

It is no coincidence that COVID-19 vaccines dominated the agenda of the last EU summit and of the more recent G20 summit, both held as teleconferences.
Europe's East 16-11-2020

The Brief, powered by EHFG – Eastern Partnership burning

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a Brussels-crafted political format covering six former Soviet republics in the EU’s neighbourhood: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Created in 2009 under the Czech Presidency as a response to the Union of the...
Global Europe 09-11-2020

The Brief – Reuniting America

The electoral victory of Joe Biden is the best possible news for the EU, although some member countries or their leadership may have diverging feelings. The abnormal state of transatlantic relations under Donald Trump is coming to an end. It...
Global Europe 03-11-2020

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – The Battle of Vienna revisited

The Battle of Vienna took place in 1683, when the Holy Roman Empire led by the Habsburg Monarchy and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, both under the command of King Jan III Sobieski, defeated the Ottomans at the gates of Vienna.
Enlargement 30-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ENTSO – Macedonia dreamin’

On 11 November, North Macedonia is likely to face a Bulgarian veto, preventing it from opening long-awaited membership negotiations with the EU.
Coronavirus 26-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E – There is a deeper wave than this

By Thursday, when EU leaders will hold their online summit to discuss the coronavirus situation, we could take a guess at how many of them will already be COVID-positive. The second wave, which was predicted but not averted, is sweeping through European societies and taking its toll.
Global Europe 20-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ECPC – Is Biden or Trump better for the EU?

The answer seems obvious. The election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the US would be great news for the European Union, as it would hopefully herald a return to the “normal” in transatlantic relations, after a terrible...
Politics 13-10-2020

The Brief, powered by logos – The watchdogs of democracy

European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová has called journalists “the watchdogs of democracy”. She was speaking at a conference dedicated to the media situation in Bulgariathe most problematic country in terms of media freedom in the EU.