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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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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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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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*)”

How Bulgaria’s Communist Regime Hid the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster from the Public, Protecting Only Itself (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: No. 4 reactor after the disaster. Reactor 4 (center). Turbine building (lower left). Reactor 3 (center right). Photo: Wikipedia
(*This history feature article was written by Ivan Dikov for Pax Glocalica's sister publication, ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

The world marks on April 26, 2018, the 32th year since the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in the former Soviet Union, the worst catastrophe in the global history of nuclear energy, which in Communist Bulgaria was covered up from the public by the ruling regime of the Bulgarian Communist Party, at the time the staunchest satellite of Moscow. Continue reading “How Bulgaria’s Communist Regime Hid the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster from the Public, Protecting Only Itself (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)”

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.

What you end up with is: “US President Donald Trump today signed an executive order on…” Continue reading “President Donald Trump and the (Pseudo-)Liberal Elites Who Got Him Elected”

How Bulgarian Rebels ‘Determined’ the Prime Minister of Britain: William Gladstone and ‘the Question of the East’ (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

William Gladstone, four times Prime Minister of Britain (1868-1874, 1880-1885, 1886, 1892-1894), who used the Bulgarian case to stage a vigorous attack on the policies of the Conservative Party government of his arch-rival, Lord Disraeli. Photo: Wikipedia
(*This history feature article was written by Ivan Dikov for Pax Glocalica's sister publication ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

April 20, 1876 – The Bulgarians are making history their largest rebellion so far (later to be known as the April Uprising) against the Ottoman Empire in their quest for freedom and an independent nation state; meanwhile, in Britain, former Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader William Gladstone has been in opposition for two years to Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Benjamin Disraeli. Continue reading “How Bulgarian Rebels ‘Determined’ the Prime Minister of Britain: William Gladstone and ‘the Question of the East’ (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)”

Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews: How Hollywood Director Can Make ‘Useful Idiot’ Out of Himself

US film director Oliver Stone and Russian President Vladimir Putin viewing a video on a smartphone. Photo: Video grab from The Putin Interviews

Award-winning Hollywood director Oliver Stone has seen a past which has never worked. Continue reading “Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews: How Hollywood Director Can Make ‘Useful Idiot’ Out of Himself”

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”

The EU That Should Have Pulled Itself Together Long before Trump’s Advent

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.

Also, between Donald Trump and Donald Tusk, I like Donald Duck best… Continue reading “The EU That Should Have Pulled Itself Together Long before Trump’s Advent”

Has China Just Made Its Big Geopolitical Break? Or Is It about To?

Probably the best map to illustrate China’s perspective and the geopolitical importance of the Philippines for it. Map: Geopolitical Futures

China might have achieved a major geopolitical breakthrough mainly thanks to domestic shifts in some of the top US allies in the Asia-Pacific region. If it permanently secures them on its side, this might be a game changer for the geopolitics of the entire globe. Continue reading “Has China Just Made Its Big Geopolitical Break? Or Is It about To?”