Reuniting Europe

Yesterday Dmitry Rogozin, a top Russian official,bragged on twitter that he was able to land in Transnistria overflying Bulgarian and Romanian airspace, because Ukraine didn’t let him go. Rogozin was in Tiraspol for the 9 May celebrations. But now he is stranded in the breakaway region, as the US has put pressure on Romania not… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

That’s the question to be asked in Ukraine, but also in Moldova, and possibly in other countries from the former Soviet sphere of influence. Many in Ukraine are likely to mark Europe’s Day. We remember the EU flags on Maidan, and it would make sense if pro-Europeans would show the colours again. But 9 May… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

I am based in Brussels and cannot confirm the authenticity of this document, but I guess it deserves attention. A website of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has published a photograph of a leaflet propagated by the authorities of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian “Donetsk Peoples’ Republic” with the following content: “Dear citizens of Jewish nationality! Due… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Who and when has messed things up, such that after Crimea’s annexation, we speak of a new Cold War. According to my journalistic notes, the root of the problem stems from November 2008, when we first heard talk about the “Eastern Partnership”, which some said was modeled on the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe,… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

Fifty eight per cent of Bulgarians approve Russia’s annexation of Crimea, with 38% against. A similar percentage of Bulgarians were against the NATO strikes on Belgrade over the Kosovo ethnic cleansing by Milosevic. And were against the Kosovo independence. Each time the going gets tough, a stable majority of Bulgarians approve Russia against the West.… » read more

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Anti-gay of the world, unite!

Putin is Russia’s President and strongman, but also he is the chairman of United Russia, a political force that describes itself as conservative. In the past Soviet Russia was opposed to the West on the basis of ideology. But isn’t a new ideology beginning to replace old political divisions? The negative attitude vis-à-vis gay marriage… » read more

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The internet community in Bulgaria tells me that tons of internet posts are being erased, in an attempt to defuse publications exposing major manipulation efforts of the public opinion by the company Leadway Media Solutions with the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) being the client. [more] (Trolls are people hired by PR companies to post laudatory… » read more

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I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it. Speaking in the talks show “Mots croisés” on French public TV France2 on 4 February, the leader of the far-right party Front National Marine Le Pen attacked French minister of economy Pierre Moscovici, a socialist, for tolerance vis-à-vis what she called “the real extreme right”. Replying… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev

My friend and colleague Dan Luca, who is chairman of the Romanian socialists in Brussels and MEP candidate, recently published a book of reflections on how Romania should improve communication in Brussels. I was honoured to attend the book launch in the European Parliament in the presence of MEPs Hannes Swoboda and Ivailo Kalfin and… » read more

Posted by Georgi Gotev