I can’t vote in the forthcoming referendum, to determine Great Britain’s future in Europe, and so I reserve the right to say what I like. To me the whole matter […]
Perceived from the sitting rooms of suburban England or even from a press office in Canary Wharf, the ex-communist countries of Europe remain an anath ...
President Zhelyu Zhelev was an enigma to me. I had watched him on TV in Bulgaria during the early nineties, performing official tasks, much as his pre ...
Fear. The word travelled across Bulgarian media and between the lines of reports and political speeches in the days after the Brussels attack. The fee ...
My book, Herodotus: The Gnome of Sofia, is a humorous account of a British diplomat and his fall from grace, and has its foundations in reality. When, in 1993, I […]
United States ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin, who presented his credentials to President Plevneliev on February 24 2016, addressed an Atlantic Club meeting in Sofia on April 7. This is […]
As far as I can remember, nothing very new has happened in Bulgaria for years, although many might not agree this to be so. Nevertheless, if over time one had […]
When Europe was dealing with the financial crisis, a dividing line presented itself in the EU between the rich rule-based centre and the poor unruly periphery. Back then it was […]
Turkey is in a bind. It is on the losing side of the war in Syria and engaging in an increasingly bloody fight with the Kurds. Domestic politics are becoming […]
As if the housing of 2.5 million Syrian refugees, a dangerous escalation with Russia, and jitters over a string of Kurdish victories on its southern border were not enough, Turkey […]