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November 15, 2017, by Alex Bivol

As Bulgaria puts the finishing touches on preparations to hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU starting a few short weeks from now, the European Commission’s latest […]

Bulgarian Cabinet approves draft 2018 Budget

October 30, 2017, by Alex Bivol

Bulgaria’s Government approved the 2018 Budget bill drafted by the Finance Ministry at a cabinet meeting on October 30, held the day before the lega ...

Bulgarian President Radev special address: what he said and what he did not

April 11, 2017, by Alex Bivol

Having found himself at the centre of the controversy after the publication, last week, of proposed amendments on curtailing the rights of Bulgarian c ...

Bulgaria’s 2017 parliamentary elections: nationalist coalition ‘disappointed’ by result

March 27, 2017, by Alex Bivol

Valeri Simeonov, one of the co-leaders of the United Patriots coalition of nationalist parties in Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 parliamentary electio ...

  • Romania protests: No flash in the pan
    February 10, 2017, by Alex Bivol

    Romania rarely features in international media, yet the scenes of mass demonstrations in Bucharest and other major cities last week may feel oddly familiar to Western TV audiences. Large-scale protests […]

  • Bulgaria: Borissov the ghost at Radev’s table
    November 7, 2016, by Alex Bivol

    The biggest star of the election night news conference by Roumen Radev was not the candidate himself, leading in the exit polls after the first round of presidential elections in […]

  • Year in Review: The EU and Greece
    December 29, 2015, by Alex Bivol

    As clocks ticked away the last hours of 2014, the news that the parliament in Athens was dissolved on the last day of the year to pave the way for […]