Prof. Mihail Konstantinov (66)

  • Lies without borders

    Lies without borders

    With an impressive and not particularly smart brand of stubbornness, the anonymous organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its 2019 World Press Freedom ranking, which evaluates freedom of speech in 180 countries around the world. As was the case last year, Bulgaria is ranked 111th (with 35.38 points). To put things in perspective, the top spot is taken by Norway, which has the freest media with a score of 7.82, while the last-placed country is Turkmenistan with 85.44 points.

  • Premonition of storm

    Premonition of storm

    Expectedly, the mass and radical protests in Europe somewhat died down ahead of the Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays. Naturally, this is not the end of it all but rather the quiet before the storm and a premonition of looming trouble, this time of the real variety. New radical protests are surely coming because the demands voiced during the previous ones were never met.

  • The ice is breaking

    The ice is breaking

    The ice is breaking, ladies and gentlemen of the jury! This is the favourite exclamation of fictional character Ostap Bender for situations where something interesting and thrilling is about to happen. And it indeed inevitably happens, courtesy of the unforgettable twists and turns in the novel The Twelve Chairs and its sequel The Little Golden Calf, written by the well-known Russian comedy masters Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov.

  • Law and order

    Law and order

    Law and Order is a top-charter US TV series. At first sight it may seem paradoxical but it is exactly the issue of law and order, i.e. security, that could have nearly toppled German Chancellor Angela Merkel and along with that destroyed the European Union altogether. The invitation Merkel sent to refugees and migrants in 2015 was not only ill-judged or an act of folly. More than that – it amounted to something much worse: it is a mockery of justice and order which is “sanctum sanctorum” for the Germans.

  • Fake world

    Fake world

    After the controversial US presidential elections held on 8 November 2016, the topic of fake news quickly became a favourite of everyone, from politicians to analysts, journalists, sociologists, taxi drivers and hairdressers. Of course, I have nothing against all of these professions, and I even have great respect for them. Fake news is fundamentally dangerous because it creates a fake world.

  • Life in the Matrix

    Life in the Matrix

    We live in the Matrix and that has its upsides, as well as its downsides, of course. For a large number of people across the world, the Matrix is social media. But before I continue, let me confess an old sin, or rather one of the big idiocies of my life, from which I managed to extricate myself on time.

  • Difficult presidency

    Difficult presidency

    Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is set to start at the beginning of 2018. It will not be easy, it might even be one of the most daunting ones. It could also turn out to be our only shot at it, looking down the line, if for example the number of Member States grows considerably or the bloc radically changes, or even collapses. The Bulgarian presidency will encounter a lot of challenges – some of them can be foreseen and others will be completely unexpected. One of the main ones will be the advanced stage of Brexit and a potential new referendum in Scotland on leaving the UK.

  • International law failure

    International law failure

    The events that have transpired in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia since 1 October shook Spain and sent shock waves across Europe and other corners of the world. As a result, some have been prompted to predict violent clashes with the central power in Spain, while others hope for a civilised solution to the crisis.

  • Is EU end nearing?

    Is EU end nearing?

    The referendum results are actually more decisive than expected as the ratio between those who want to leave Spain and those for staying is 6:4. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has already made some fundamental mistakes in this situation. We are witnessing a critical moment and so Rajoy needs to act with wisdom and restraint. Thankfully, there have been no casualties of the clashes between riot police forces and protesters but this could still change in the coming days. We should prevent such a development at all costs because dead bodies in the streets would spell the end of the European Union.

  • Making secular Europe survive

    Making secular Europe survive

    Modern Europe has two main characteristics – it is Christian in terms of religious roots and it is secular as far as the governance principle is concerned. While the former is more than clear, the latter needs further clarification. The term means that religious matters have no place in state policies and that religion has no place in society’s life. In a stricter sense, Europe should be governed by legal and not religious rules. In theory, the Sharia law has no place in Europe.