The biggest question facing all of Europe at the moment is whether Britain’s protracted exit from the European Union, which remained uncertain until late January, will be an isolated “one-off” phenomenon, or whether it will represent a turning point that will see the EU adjust its power and ambitions in significant ways — or even start to come apart completely. EU critics like Nigel Farage hope for the latter outcome, but the opposite is equally possible. Now that the restraining voice of Britain is gone, the larger European nations that dominate the EU — France, Germany, and their western European satellites — might move to increase the EU’s ambitions. This poses dilemmas for the smaller nations on the EU’s extended periphery, like Bulgaria.   Free trade and greater economic

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Steven F. Hayward teaches political science and law at UC Berkeley, where he is a fellow of the Institute of Governmental Studies. Mr. Hayward is the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Mr. Hayward is the author of the definitive two-volume biography of Ronald Reagan, "The Age of Reagan" and a member of BulgariaAnalytica's board of international advisers.
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Lubomir Kanov is a Bulgarian medical doctor, Psychiatrist and a writer, who was forced into emigration in 1984. He was a qualified professional in his native country, before the authorities and the Secret Police arrested him in 1977 for subversive thinking and “counter-revolutionary propaganda aiming at overtaking the power in People’s Republic in Bulgaria and the Soviet Union”. He spent his prison sentence working in a carpentry division of the Political Prison in Stara Zagora. He was able to emigrate to the US and to obtain all his medical degrees and licensing as a Psychiatrist in 1984-1986 after which he practiced in Texas and NY. He was a Director of Psychiatric Clinic in L.I., NY and had extensive private practice. In 1991 he was awarded the Bulgarian National Literary Prize for Literature for his book ” The Couckoo-man”. He published a few more book in his native Bulgarian language and a few of his stories got translated in English and other languages. He retired in 2016 and currently resides mostly in Bulgaria where he continues to write and take care of his family’s vineyards. He Is married and has a son Alexander who works in the US.

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Доцент по политически науки, доктор по философия Момчил Дойчев е преподавател в департамент "Политически науки" на Нов български университет. Занимава се с темите: "Преходи към демокрация", "Управление на конфликти", "Политическата коректност и безграничната толерантност като антидемократични идеологии", "Власт, свобода и сигурност" и др.
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  NATO’s London Summit on 3-4 December will enable Alliance leaders to reassert the importance of the Alliance after recent attacks on its effectiveness by French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron’s assertion that NATO is “brain dead” was reminiscent of President Donald Trump’s election campaign statements that the Alliance was obsolete. Trump’s attacks led to a refocus on NATO defense spending and Macron’s dismissal can encourage the Alliance to strengthen its mission.   It is important to remember that NATO was formed to prevent Europe’s domination by any expansionist power and is the cornerstone of the trans-Atlantic alliance. A secure Europe is vital for American security and its military presence enables the U.S. to project power to deter threats and respond decisively if common security interests are challenged from any adjacent


  PM Borisov’s pet project – the Balkan Gas Hub has risen in prominence after his talks with President Trump. Not sure the US President got into the story behind Bulgaria’s pretense to become a regional gas hub, but good intentions and promises were in abundance. The adopted Strategic Partnership Framework document states that “our shared goal is for Bulgaria to become a true gas hub and a key source of regional energy security, free of monopolists, foreign or domestic, and operating on market principles.”   Nothing specific or imminent insofar as LNG contracts boosting gas liquidity for the Balkan Gas Hub is concerned. The bottom line – Russian gas will continue its monopoly unabated.   The Bulgarian State trader Bulgargas has no intention of replicating Polish, Greek, Ukrainian, Baltic,

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  Last week the Bulgarian PM inspected work progress at the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria, noting that it is a landmark project for energy security in the region. Two days later, he flew to Thessaloniki to meet the Greek PM and the US ambassador to Greece, repeating praise for Greek-Bulgarian cooperation in the energy field and commitment to buy more LNG.   DEPA, Kolmar, and the Bulgarian company Energiko have managed to import partial or fully LNG sourced gas into Bulgaria via the Greek terminal at Revithoussa. Due to outdated regulatory practice and lack of liberalization of the gas market, the margins between the “buy” and “sell” prices have been collected by the traders, including Bulgargas. Lower international prices of gas have failed to reflect into a proportionate decrease in gas prices