Dr. Philip Dandolov

COVID-19: The Deglobalization Amplifier

North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, July 2020. Barely any passengers are visible in the check-in area during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, July 2020 ***NOTE***: If you wish to publish this photo under Creative Commons rules, I kindly request that you credit it with a dofollow link to www.101holidays.co.uk, cc Mark Hodson Photos, modified, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/20538653@N00/50148046817

COVID-19 didn’t start the recent deglobalization trend, but it’s certainly contributing to it.

COVID-19: A ‘Hot Potato’ for Nationalist-Populist Parties in Europe


Europe’s populist parties haven’t thrived amid COVID-19 – but their ideas have.

The Inevitable Rise of Euroscepticism in the Wake of COVID-19

cc Flickr EU Exposed,modified, https://flickr.com/photos/115739738@N08/12178541536/in/photolist-jybd75-HDAcMK-22vv5gW-hMCpoP-JuxEq2-k5xi94-2kp1pWw-2koNJR7-2krJtEh-2kpXTra-2kqFms2-2kqPBVG-Tn1fMW-2krPW6h-2kqTVMV-2kqCTQs-2kp5P4p-2ksuaVq-2kqYZbo-JbEXTw-eh2ssw-2kqozSo-2kr2dpD-2kpTvaq-2kpXTum-oKx6PY-2kp1pSU-2kqRMfx-2kqVsbd-2kpEDYi-2kq4vdk-2kryE42-2kqz6Hf-2kpR88P-2kp1K2p-2kqz74F-2krcCLi-2kp7Jzf-2kqz6YL-2koJTLM-2kqsVLx-2kpLaKa-2kqfj64-Ld7DWt-2kqeqVJ-2kqx7fg-2koN4jM-2kpH4au-2kpVvyX-2kqFmnT

While COVID-19 may not be an existential crisis for the EU, it does tick virtually all the boxes when it comes to hardening Eurosceptic attitudes throughout the bloc.

How Small States Are Setting the Bar in the Fight against COVID-19

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Small states seem better equipped to fight COVID-19 by design.

Unearthing the Secret to COVID-19 Successes in New Zealand and Taiwan

cc Flickr Nevada Halbert, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

These two island democracies share several features that allowed them to weather the COVID-19 storm better than their peers.

COVID-19: Impediment or Opportunity for Authoritarian Leaders?

cc Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil, modified, https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Jair_Bolsonaro_discute_viol%C3%AAncia_contra_mulheres.jpg

Exploring the motivations behind various authoritarian responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Counter-Protests: A Gamble for Beleaguered Governments

A protest at the end of July in Minsk, cc Homoatrox, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rally_in_support_of_Tsikhanouskaya_in_Minsk_(30_July_2020)_-_58.jpg

Counter-protests have been a risky proposition for beleaguered governments through the 2010s. Will Belarus be any different?

Coronavirus in Bulgaria: Conspiracy Theories and Mass Indifference

Protests in Sofia in 2013. Thus far, for all the public suspicion of the national COVID-19 response, there has been little in the way of collective action. cc Georgi C, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Bulgarian public’s suspicion of elite power is on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: Nationalism, Identity and the Middle-Ground Approach

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What can Bulgarian nationalism teach us about the country’s COVID-19 strategy?

Politics, Football, and a Change of Geopolitical Course of Bulgaria

Levski Sofia football fans, cc Wikicommons Javor Draganov, modified, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Levski_sofia_fans.jpg

The fate of the Borisov government will have consequences for Bulgaria’s geopolitical alignment.

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