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The article first published in on 04/15/2019.   A recent copy of the erstwhile high-brow epigone of German journalism, Die Zeit, carried a piece called “Hungary is lost.” It is as good an example as any of the hopeless left-wing morass that German media have fallen into recently. It starts out be claiming as an introduction that Hungarian democracy is being “systematically destroyed”  by “hate, racism and right-wing gangsterism” that have become the “state’s rationale.” Curiously, the English translation of the same sentence is rendered by the relatively anodyne “the institutions, the legal system and the social fabric are nothing but a pile of rubble,” perhaps indicating that the editors were aware that they have gone too far.   If so, there is no evidence of any evenhandedness in the body

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  Some time ago, a Kharkiv-based site hosted a typical Kremlin propaganda piece featuring an ultimatum to the Bulgarian government – either you agree and secure free passage for Turk Stream, ignoring EU and US reservations, or Gazprom will shut off natural gas supply, and Bulgarians will freeze next winter.   Such provocative language blended with ultimatums is hardly what the Russian government can afford, at least at the formal level. Neither Maria Zaharova, nor Peskov, nor Putin, nor Lavrov would openly threaten a nuclear first strike.   This is where the hybrid Russian “scaremongering” machine comes into play – the radical loose-talk politicians like Zhirinovsky, or media makers like Kiseljov, or the cloak and dagger “knights” like Leonid Reshetnikov. Working in the shade and in halftones, they seek to

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The article first published in on 12/14/2018.   The democrats’ latest promise to fuel America’s economy from “100% percent clean, renewable, zero-emission” sources and do so within a decade, while eliminating “systemic injustice,” sounds very much like the perennial Soviet promises that communism was just around the corner. And the communist tenor of these promises is unmistakable. For apart from ridding the world of CO2 emissions, the Green New Deal’s promoters also promise national i.e. government, health care, government job guarantees, upgrading all buildings in the country to green standards and high-speed trains to replace air travel. The only doubts these wild-eyed socialists seem to have is that they are “not sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” as their, in the


  On April 15th 2019 the new far left extremist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) will begin the next phase in its Civil Disobedience program aiming to paralyze London. The group’s call to action specific to the 15th asks participants to gather in Parliament Square in London with tents and food and the goal of “blocking road access to the center of the city” in the hope of shutting down the city center.   An offshoot of the failed Occupy movement, XR would necessitate no special coverage were it not for promotion by Russia Today, Putin’s main propaganda organ in the West, and that violence appears to be its thinly veiled approach to achieving its goals. The extremist group’s so-called “Guide for Participants” claims XR is “peaceful, alcohol and drugfree” though


  • The Internet is perceived by Russian authorities as a primary threat for the security of the Kremlin’s hold on power. • The imposition of control over the Russian-speaking Internet has been raised to the rank of a target for a Russian “national project” named “Digital Economics” • Dubbed “Sovereign Internet”, the security system installed on top of Russia’s internet infrastructure can be used by the authorities to cut access to the global Internet for all users on Russian territory. • The Kremlin is looking to borrow the Chinese model for a closed Internet, but this model cannot be replicated in Russia with the same level of efficiency.     On December 14, 2018, a bill was introduced in the Russian Parliament, supposedly aimed at “safeguarding the long-term and stable operation of Internet”

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Georgi Antonov was born in 1985. In 2004 he began his studies of Balkan languages and literature at Sofia University. In 2006, reading the first chapter of Hristo Matanov's book on Balkan Medieval history made him reach the decision that he wants to learn to write such kind of texts. He applied and in 2007 entered the newly opened program "Past and Present of South-East Europe" in the Sofia University faculty of History. There he studied poltical and economic history of the Balkans, as well as History of political thought. He graduated in 2011. Since 2008 he has been working as a programmer, currently in the "Web & Mobile" department of the Bulgarian company Bulpros. Writing for Bulgaria Analytica gives him great enjoyment because it allows him to do some work related to his university studies, an activity which he had previously regarded as an overly expensive pastime. He has interests in fields such as International relations, Contemporary history, and technology.

  This is the key line Russian President Putin used at the plenary session of the International Arctic Forum, which was instantly relayed by all Russian media, mainly by TASS, Russia Today and Sputnik. There is nothing new in this vintage Russian propaganda, which is echoed by pro-Russian politicians in the EU – Russian gas is indispensable and the cheapest gas in the world, while US-sourced LNG is expensive and inferior in quality.   EU budgets, he asserts further, will have to compensate European consumers for the price difference between US LNG and pipeline gas from Russia. Even if one sets aside the basic fact that the budgets of EU countries and that of the Russian state are profoundly different in structure, the EU legal and regulatory bases make it


  In 1969, the social-democratic party (SPD) of Germany came to power for the first time since the founding of West Germany in the post-WWII period. Prior to that, it had renounced much of its traditional Marxist ideology at its Bad Godesberg congress in 1959, which made it politically acceptable.  Nonetheless, while it no longer clamored for revolution and expropriation of the capitalists, it was unmistakably a party of the left with very different ideas of how to deal with communist totalitarianism than the conservative Adenauer government. In prompt order, it introduced its policy of Ostpolitik which was based on the wishful thinking concept of Wandel durch Handel (change trough trade). Essentially, it posited that if one traded with the Soviet Union, East Germany and the rest and gave them

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  My favorite Russian diplomat is Ambassador Chizhov. He tops my rankings as the most outspoken Russian diplomat on a range of hot topics in EU-Russia relations. He is entrusted by the Kremlin to challenge the EU on its home turf each and every time the European Council, the European Commission or the European Parliament passes a motion that affects Moscow’s interests. One clear mark of President Putin’s personal trust in him is the fact that Vladimir Chizhov is spending his record 14th year in office as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union.   He did not waste time in reassuring Russians and Russia’s friends and partners that the amendments to the EU Gas Directive passed by the European Parliament on April 4th, amending key regulations for gas pipelines

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  The presidential elections in Ukraine invite a revisit of one of the toughest questions for EU policy in the post-Crimea world – how to respond to Russia’s rising belligerence, facing imperfect choices amidst a variety of constraints and unknowns.   There are two lines of thought, both acknowledging the undeniable fact that Ukraine is the outpost of the EU’s and NATO’s defense against Russia. Yet, the West has failed to translate this prima facie truth into a comprehensive set of policies within a long-term context.   Here is an attempt to summarize what can be done to remedy this essential security gap, starting with the problem’s kernel – Ukraine’s energy dependence on Russian gas. Addressing this key challenge in a pragmatic way should outweigh the immediate benefits of arguing