All posts by Alex Bivol

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 ...

Year in Review: Eastern Europe showing signs of escaping Russia’s energy clutches

December 30, 2015, by Alex Bivol

One of the defining trends in the global economy in 2015 was the persistently low prices of oil, which sank to their lowest in more than a decade in D ...

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 [&h ...

  • One year on, CCB saga in Bulgaria far from over
    June 19, 2015, by Alex Bivol

    A year after the Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) asked to be put under the central bank’s administration on June 20 2014, Bulgaria has made very little headway towards a satisfactory […]