All posts in Perspectives

  • Comment on the election: Borissov was rewarded for mistakes
    March 27, 2017, by Imanuel Marcus

    Boiko Borissov, the former bodyguard, firefighter, chief secretary and mayor, was Prime Minister twice, so far. He should be given credit for his pro-European position and his performance in national […]

  • Romania protests: No flash in the pan
    February 10, 2017, by Alex Bivol

    Romania rarely features in international media, yet the scenes of mass demonstrations in Bucharest and other major cities last week may feel oddly familiar to Western TV audiences. Large-scale protests […]

  • An envoy, an assassin and a mystery in the heart of Ankara
    December 23, 2016, by Asli Aydintasbas of the ECFR

    Coming at the tail end of an annus horriblis in global affairs, the assassination of the Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov by a Turkish police officer initially had analysts wondering whether […]

  • Greece left alone in the refugee crisis
    December 9, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos is “not the happiest person on earth,” he said in Brussels as he presented the latest figures for EU refugee and migration policy. EU member […]

  • The Populist-Putin-Trump insurgency against liberal Europe
    December 6, 2016, by Fredrik Wesslau of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Europe’s liberal order could come crashing down next year. Squeezed from all directions, it may not be able to withstand the pressure. Within Europe, populists on the left and right […]

  • One of Bulgaria’s main problems: The empathy deficit
    December 2, 2016, by Imanuel Marcus

    The other day, I was talking to a Bulgarian acquaintance, who lives in my neighbourhood, about issues people with disabilities have in Sofia. Steering wheelchairs around potholes or vehicles parked […]