Macron’s ‘Africans over Eastern Europeans’ Comment Shows EU Must Start Getting Its Priorities Right (written for The European Views*)

A grand bargain between Trump and Putin that Macron has been trying to broker has been one of the explanations for the recent perplexing behavior of the French President, at least according to some Russian analysts. Photo: Emmanuel Macron on Twitter
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Western Europe has overwhelming reasons, both geopolitical and civilizational, to prioritize Eastern Europe above other regions.

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‘Killing’ Two Birds with One Nazi Salute: the Racism Outburst at the Bulgaria – England Match (written for The European Views*)

Seemingly organized soccer hooligans, for whatever reason, have brought major international disgrace to Bulgaria. Photo: Video grab from BNT
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Modern day acts of racism are especially perplexing and worrying given Bulgaria’s own tradition of tolerance, fighting for freedom, and sympathy for the oppressed.

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Rewarding Erdogan, Forgoing the EU: the Moral from Volkswagen’s New Factory in Turkey (written for The European Views*)

The question of whether non-EU countries beat the EU for major investments because of its own self-imposed rules should be tackled as soon as possible by the entire Union. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The EU should rethink its state aid rules when it comes to foreign competition, and the EU multinationals – their approach towards the Union’s home turf.

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Which Is the World’s Oldest Gold? The Five Oldest Gold Treasures: All from the 5th Millenium BC, All Found in Bulgaria, All Made by ‘Old Europe’ (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

The world’s largest and perhaps oldest prehistoric gold treasure was discovered by chance back in 1972 in graves of what has become known as the Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city. Photo: BGNES
(*This history feature + listicle article was written by Ivan Dikov for Pax Glocalica's sister publication ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

Humanity’s thirst for GOLD throughout the last – as it turns out – nearly 7,000 years has been very prominent, and so the question of which the oldest gold in the world is has been captivating the imagination of people from all around the globe. Continue reading “Which Is the World’s Oldest Gold? The Five Oldest Gold Treasures: All from the 5th Millenium BC, All Found in Bulgaria, All Made by ‘Old Europe’ (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)”

How Long before Russia’s Risky Toying with Europe’s Far Right Really Backfires? (written for The European Views*)

The European far right seems like a logical and huge temptation for Moscow but it promises a lot more challenges than benefits. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Engaging with the European far right is unpredictable, risky business because you never what kinds of monsters it might produce.

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Beyond the Brutal Journalist Murder: Bulgaria Is Going Very Bad and the West Isn’t Noticing (written for The European Views*)

A vigil honoring the memory of murdered journalist Viktoria Marinova. Photo: Video grab from TVN
*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Bulgaria doesn’t stand out much against the backdrop of all other major international worries for the West but its situation warrants closer attention in order to avoid potential trouble down the road.


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For Another’s Freedom: Bulgarian Rebel Leaders Who Fought to Liberate Greece (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

On March 25 (6 April, Greg.Calendar), the Feast of Annunciation, 1821, Bishop Palaion Patron Germanos proclaimed the national uprising against the Ottoman Empire and blessed the flag of the Greek War of Independence at the Monastery of Agia Lavra. Painting by Ludovico Lipparini (1800-1856), National Historic Museum Greece
(*This history feature article was written by Ivan Dikov for Pax Glocalica's sister publication ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

Bulgaria and Greece are (the) two European countries that are about as ancient as it gets. But possibly the first thing that comes to mind regarding their relations in historical terms are the horrific, back-stabbing Modern Era wars the two contemporary nation-states fought in the 20th century. Continue reading “For Another’s Freedom: Bulgarian Rebel Leaders Who Fought to Liberate Greece (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)”

Terrorism as It Once Was: The Miss Stone Affair, America, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

Protestant missionary Miss Ellen Stone is seen here at her arrival back in the United States after her six-month abduction by the Bulgarian freedom-fighters, i.e. the Miss Stone Affair. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
(*This history feature article was written by Ivan Dikov for Pax Glocalica's sister publication ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

The dramedy of the Miss Stone Affair is a stunning episode of history which teaches about courage and integrity in the struggle for freedom. And about Stockholm Syndrome. Continue reading “Terrorism as It Once Was: The Miss Stone Affair, America, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)”

Macedonia: More Scary Skeletons Are Yet to Break Out of Yugoslavia’s Closet

Dozens of classical-like monuments often criticized as kitschy were built by the Gruevski government in Macedonia’s capital Skopje to boost nationalist sentiment in the so called Skopje 2014 project. Photo: Wikipedia, Raso

The ugly disintegration of the former Yugoslavia is probably far from over. The Republic of Macedonia could be the next time bomb. Continue reading “Macedonia: More Scary Skeletons Are Yet to Break Out of Yugoslavia’s Closet”