All posts in Perspectives

June 13, 2019, by Deutsche Welle

Russia is back in big political business. For the first time since the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the war in eastern Ukraine, Moscow has agreed with the EU […]

Looking on Bulgaria: The D-Day landings anniversary, and ‘desant’

June 6, 2019, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

It had been a matter of curiousity for me for years, the reason why – in film subtitles and texts of television reports – the D-Day landin ...

A Balkan tragedy: Of the Bulgarian village of Bolyarino, and life, and death

May 13, 2019, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Somewhere in all the bald statements of the Plovdiv District Prosecutor’s Office and in the reporting by local media, there is the narrative of ...

The strange influence of the Macedonian model

May 9, 2019, by Vessela Tcherneva

The presidential elections in North Macedonia last Sunday produced both a winner – pro-EU and pro-Nato candidate Stevo Pendarovski, a member of the ...

  • Occupational hazards: The Russian military in Crimea
    April 17, 2019, by Gustav Gressel of the ECFR

    While its current disposition in Crimea is mainly defensive in nature, Russia’s military build-up on the peninsula could soon turn the Black Sea region into a security black hole. On […]

  • Opinion: EU immigration policy is grist to the far-right mill
    March 11, 2019, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    A final attempt by EU interior ministers to find agreement on a common immigration policy ahead of European parliamentary elections has collapsed. And that is just what some wanted. Seven […]

  • Negative energy: Berlin’s Trumpian turn on Nord Stream 2
    March 4, 2019, by Gustav Gressel of the ECFR

    Berlin has handled the dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with unilateralism and clumsiness worthy of US President Donald Trump. On February 8, the EU Committee of Permanent […]