Brexit Is Britain’s Final Opt-out. From Responsibility! (And What Did We Use to Talk about?)

Brexit Day, January 31, 2020, has a weird albeit an insipid feel to it, any way you look at it. Images: Pixabay
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Brexit is Britain’s biggest European opt-out – the opt-out from responsibility. Nothing more, nothing less.


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Macron’s NATO Bashing, Global Cluelessness Could Throw Europe into Despair (written for The European Views*)

French President Emmanuel Macron’s deeds and words with respect to NATO, the EU, and the West seem to be growing ever more perplexing to the unbiased, well-meaning citizens of the West. Photo: Jens Stoltenberg on Twitter
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

If France’s President doesn’t know who Europe and the West’s enemies are, Europe and the West are in a very, very serious trouble.

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Can Franco-Germany Handle Becoming a Vanguard of Democracy after Brexit? (written for The European Views*)

Franco-Germany’s potential as a “vanguard of democracy” badly needed by the West is heavily limited by its unwillingness to commit to such a cause, its historical legacy, and some cracks that are emerging along the Rhine. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Franco-Germany seems like the only candidate capable of filling the Western leadership gap opened up by Trump and Brexit.

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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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Looking behind France’s Shameful Veto on Albania, North Macedonia’s EU Accession Talks (written for The European Views*)

The EU integration prospects of the Western Balkans have been thrown in disarray by French President Emmanuel Macron, hopefully not as part of some sort of a nasty backstage deal among world powers. Map: EPP
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The rationale for Macron’s decision doesn’t make sense as purely “enlargement fatique”.

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Ukraine Is the Most Important Country for the EU. Here’s Why (written for The European Views*)

Unlike larger countries geographically eligible to join the EU, Ukraine isn’t enticed by the notion of its own empire from the past, present, or future. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Size and a desire to join set Ukraine apart from the rest of the world in a unique way as far as the European Union should be concerned.

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High Time to Rip Off the Brexit Band Aid. Rip Fast, Rip Hard, and Once and for All (written for The European Views*)

Continuing Brexit uncertainty is a recipe for a disaster of missed opportunities for the entire EU. Photo: MasterTux, Pixabay
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

In the three-and-a-half years since the Brits voted to leave the Union, the opportunity cost from the Brexit process has been enormous – for the EU, for the UK, and for the entire West.

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The Backstop to All Future Backstops: Didn’t the Brits Think of the Irish Border When Voting for Brexit? (written for The European Views*)

The excited headlines of the British press when the UK got into the EU back in 1973 remind of an era long gone. Photo: FlickR
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The Irish border backstop quagmire is certain to make all EU countries think of their border regions if they are ever tempted to consider leaving the Union.

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Stop Calling the EU a ‘Bloc’. It Isn’t. And Not for the Reason You Think (written for The European Views*)

A “bloc” is a more suitable epithet for the Soviet Bloc or the Axis Tripartite Pact, and not at all for the EU. Photo: Capri23auto, Pixabay
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Referring to the EU as a “bloc” doesn’t make enough sense any way you look at it.

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Trump Seems to Hate the EU. Is It Because He Already Had a George W. Bush Florida Orange Juice Moment? (written for The European Views*)

“Obviously the European Union, as represented by @JunckerEU and the United States, as represented by yours truly, love each other!” Donald Trump commented when he tweeted this passionate photo of him and Juncker back in July 2018. Photo: Donald Trump on Twitter
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The United States has had to back down twice in the past 16 years in major trade disputes with the European Union.

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EU Defied US over Iran’s Nuclear Program with INSTEX. Was It Worth It? (written for The European Views*)

The leading EU powers’ INSTEX special purpose vehicle has managed to “p*ss off” both Iran and the United States, even though it was supposed to placate both of them. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

INSTEX has created a dangerous precedent that can ruin future Western sanctions, while also disgruntling everybody.

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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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Eastern Europe: (Still) the Most Crucial of All Challenges Facing the European Union (written for The European Views*)

Western Europe is making the mistake of failing to focus enough on its Eastern European brethren. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Without figuring out how to complete successfully the integration of Eastern and Western Europe, the EU will be doomed to failure.

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New EC Chief Ursula von der Leyen: A Disappointment Already or the First to Make Sense? (written for The European Views*)

Ursula von der Leyen’s rise to arguably the EU’s top job has come as a surprising and illogical development. Photo: (Banner image: Ursula von der Leyen on Twitter)
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The next President of the European Commission could outplay the unpleasant Eastern European and Italian leaders who voted her into office. And she really should.


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From Ukraine’s ‘Servant of the People’ to Merkel’s EU Future: EU’s Top Stories on April 20-21, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)

The rise of Zelensky to Ukraine’s presidency has generated way too many question marks. Photo: TV grab from Zelensky’s Servant of the People show
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The 10 EU news and developments from April 20 – 21, 2019, ranked in order of importance. (An experimental piece.)

Following are the top news stories from April 20 – 21, 2019, (Saturday & Sunday) concerning the European Union and its member states, with ranking and commentary by European Views journalist Ivan Dikov. Continue reading “From Ukraine’s ‘Servant of the People’ to Merkel’s EU Future: EU’s Top Stories on April 20-21, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)”

From European Parliament’s Last Day to Facebook’s Political Ads: EU’s Top Stories on April 18, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)

The 2014 – 2019 European Parliament has held its last session. Photo: European Parliament
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The 10 EU news and developments from April 18, 2019, ranked in order of importance. (An experimental piece.)

Following are the top news stories from April 18, 2019, concerning the European Union and its member states, with ranking and commentary by European Views journalist Ivan Dikov. Continue reading “From European Parliament’s Last Day to Facebook’s Political Ads: EU’s Top Stories on April 18, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)”

From Greece’s ‘German Reparations’ to UK’s EU Elections: EU’s Top Stories from April 17, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)

Greece isn’t putting to rest the question of its World War II reparation claims for Germany. Photo: Greek Parliament on Twitter
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The 10 EU news and developments from April 17, 2019, that matter the most. (An experimental piece.)

Following are the top news stories from April 17, 2019, concerning the European Union and its member states, with ranking and commentary by European Views journalist Ivan Dikov. Continue reading “From Greece’s ‘German Reparations’ to UK’s EU Elections: EU’s Top Stories from April 17, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)”

From the Notre-Dame Fire to Italy’s ‘Bone-Breaking’ Scam: EU’s Top Stories from April 15, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)

The fire in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has grabbed global attention. Photo: TV grab from France24
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

16 EU news and developments from April 15, 2019 that matter the most. (An experimental piece.)

Following are the top news stories from April 15, 2019, concerning the European Union and its member states, with ranking and commentary by European Views journalist Ivan Dikov. Continue reading “From the Notre-Dame Fire to Italy’s ‘Bone-Breaking’ Scam: EU’s Top Stories from April 15, 2019, Ranked (written for The European Views*)”

Look Back in Anger: How the Brexit Debate Was Framed All Wrong (written for The European Views*)

When “Leave” won 52:48 in the 2016 Brexit referendum, the English tabloids proclaimed “victory” as though Nelson had defeated Napoleon at Trafalgar. Photo: Pixabay
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The British people would never have fallen for Brexit, had the European values of today not been completely frozen out of the Brexit debate. Continue reading “Look Back in Anger: How the Brexit Debate Was Framed All Wrong (written for The European Views*)”

Resolve the EU – NATO Discrepancy: Make the EU Collective Member of NATO! (written for The European Views*)

Map showing the European membership of NATO and the EU demonstrating the EU – NATO Discrepancy: member of both in purple, EU member only in blue, NATO member only in orange. Map: Joebloggsy, Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The EU as a collective member of NATO would enhance the capabilities of the Alliance, rather than “duplicate” them.


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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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EU Must Adopt ‘EU English’ as Its Official Working Language after Brexit. Here’s Why (written for The European Views*)

Brexit poses a very intriguing question about the fate of the English language in Europe. Photo: Pixabay
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Britain’s supposed departure through Brexit is a golden opportunity for the European Union to seize control of its de facto official working language to the benefit of hundreds of millions of Europeans. Continue reading “EU Must Adopt ‘EU English’ as Its Official Working Language after Brexit. Here’s Why (written for The European Views*)”

President Donald Trump and the (Pseudo-)Liberal Elites Who Got Him Elected

Future 45th US President Donald Trump gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Wikipedia (A. Shaker/VOA)

Modern-day Western pseudo-liberalism boils down to grave misunderstanding and distortion of some of the most basic principles of the noble and lofty classical liberalism.

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Special Relationship’s Specialness: Why Britain (England) *Could* Do Fine after Brexit

Brexit negotiators,the UK’s David Davis, and the EU’s Michel Barnier, in Brussels. Photo: Video grab from YouTube

A post-Brexit Britain (England) could fare decently on its own since it remains armed with the Anglo-Saxon principles in government, and everything else.

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Brexiting Britain’s ‘Special Relationship’ with the USA: Not So Special Anymore!

The UK’s special relationship with the US might suffer under Trump and May because of. Photo: Video grab from YouTube

Britain is to rely increasingly on its special relationship with America because of Brexit; yet, because of  Brexit that relationship won’t be so special anymore.

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When Trump Is Right: NATO Europeans’ Buck Passing, Free-Riding Shame

The Trump Administration does have a point about NATO member states’ defense spending, if nothing else. Photo: Video grab from YouTube

Hey, perhaps Trump could become the US President to manage to get the Europeans to start paying for their own defense, and build up their own militaries to be able to protect themselves!

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Emmanuel Macron: The New and Real Hope for France and Europe

Centrist Emmanuel Macron (right) and far-right Marine Le Pen during their televised debate before the second round of the 2017 French presidential elections. Photo: Video grab from YouTube

Against the backdrop of growing challenges and ugly political faces, Emmanuel Macron’s potential election as President of France is a beacon of hope for his country and beyond. Continue reading “Emmanuel Macron: The New and Real Hope for France and Europe”

When the Germans Marching East Is a Good Thing. Can Germany Handle It?

German military equipment arriving in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. Photo: Lithuanian Ministry of Defense

Germany needs to stand up, not as an aggressor or an imperialist power of the past, but as a defender of democracy. Continue reading “When the Germans Marching East Is a Good Thing. Can Germany Handle It?”

CETA Is Actually Going to Hurt the EU and the West. A Lot.

The leaders of the EU and Canada, seen here in September 2016, are strangely ecstatic over the signing of CETA, a secretive trade liberalization deal that will likely worsen inequality in Europe, erode EU standards, and humiliate EU member states. Photo: European Commission

CETA will debilitate further the vanishing EU middle class as well as the building blocks of the European Union, i.e. its member states. Continue reading “CETA Is Actually Going to Hurt the EU and the West. A Lot.”

The EU That Should Have Pulled Itself Together Long before Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk has been outspoken in naming the threats to the EU. But to what end? Photo: Tusk on Twitter

The good people of the EU have had every chance to solidify their supra-national state as a benevolent power but didn’t.

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