Reuniting Europe

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As the euro crisis deepens and may engulf Italy, many would agree that a deep shake up of the EU is needed, if it wants to survive. If unreformed, the EU will face the same fate as the Soviet bloc, argues James K. Galbraith. Communism was once a powerful threat to its capitalist rivals, and… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Belgium is descending into new chaos. In a nutshell, Flemish separatist N-VA leader Bart De Wever has given Waloon Socialist leader Elio di Rupo the middle finger, as Het Nieuwsblat described it. He was able to do so, because CD&V, the Flemish centre-right party, is siding with N-VA. The resulty is political paralysis which can… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Perhaps the biggest ever media scandal rocks Britain, with Rupert Murdoch’s empire being shattered by a storm of public revulsion, at last. The tabloid News of the World takes centerstage, as it became known that it had tapped the phones of victims of the 2005 London bombings to get scoops. Also, News of the world… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk mentioned Croatia at least ten times, as he was receiving the baton of the EU Presidency from his Hungarian colleague Viktor Orban. He obviously wanted to stress the biggest success of his predecessor, namely the closure of the Croatia accession talks. And to inspire a winning spirit to the entire… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

As a Bulgarian national, I am familiar with all habitats listed in a well-documented petition reporting sixteen cases of Natura 2000 ‘vandalism’ in Bulgaria. In a recent article, I briefly described some of the cases. Terrible destruction has already taken place before our eyes and in a very short time-span. No lessons have been learned… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Gypsy Gotev

The Roma expulsions from France are stirring controversy. It is difficult not to take sides. What I dislike most in the whole story, is hypocrisy. Sarkozy has a low rating and is obviously trying to please his core right-wing electorate. As the presidential elections will get closer, he will find other subjects, to appear as… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Populism vs courage

The Greek crisis brought ‘village politics’ to the EU, as Finnish foreign minister Alexander Stubb recently said. He also spoke of “an internal crisis of the Western world”. Bad example is contagious. German Chancellor Angela Merkel staunchly resisted calls from other countries to promise help for heavily-indebted Greece. Ironically, this did not prevent her from… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

The Bulgarian Round table, which greatly helped my country’s transition, avoiding bloodshed and extremism, took place in the spring of 1990. Communist leader Todor Zhivkov was ousted in a palace coup d’etat on 10 November 1989, one day after the fall of the Berlin wall. But in the meantime the former regime was very much… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev