30 Years of Post-Communism with Well-Deserved Gloom. But Why and By Whom? (written for The European Views*)

This isn’t a “Recylce Eastern Europe” sign but my gradation arc of post-communism in Eastern Europe – from most to least westernized, and from least to most oligarchical – going from the northwest down south and up to the northeast. Original map template derived from LizardPoint.com
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Western failures in Eastern Europe and at home, coupled with Eastern Europeans’ impotence, have entrenched post-communism, the highest stage of communism.

“A specter is haunting Europe. The specter of post-communism…” Continue reading “30 Years of Post-Communism with Well-Deserved Gloom. But Why and By Whom? (written for The European Views*)”

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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Middle Ages vs. Antiquity: ‘Discrepancies’ in the Game of Thrones / Song of Ice and Fire Universe

In Game of Thrones, absolute monarch Daenerys Targaryen, who even possesses the ultimate weapon of mass destruction in the form of dragons, is, for all practical purposes, on a quest for turning slaves into serfs. Photo: HBO/GOT

Fantasy works, especially awesome ones such as Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire, could be deemed immune from criticism; however, comparisons with real history are in order. Continue reading “Middle Ages vs. Antiquity: ‘Discrepancies’ in the Game of Thrones / Song of Ice and Fire Universe”

Game of Thrones Is Terrific but Why Are Humans So Enchanted with Feudalism?

“Winter is coming…” Replace “winter” with “feudalism” which in today’s world seems to strive to resonquer even the small portions of the world that it once lost. Photo: HBO/GOT

The worldwide enchantment with Game of Thrones also reveals humanity’s top destructive pathology: craving for some lord’s domination, namely, feudalism.

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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.

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”

Will Trump Let Eastern Europe Be ‘Trumpled’? By Russia or by Turkey?

Is this Cold War sign from West Berlin what’s awaiting Eastern Europe under America’s new President Donald Trump? Photo: Wikipedia

In the past few years, the cornerstone of Eastern Europe’s progress, the US security umbrella, has started to seem increasingly, and dreadfully, shaky. Continue reading “Will Trump Let Eastern Europe Be ‘Trumpled’? By Russia or by Turkey?”