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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 elections, admitted he was disappointed by the bloc’s showing, but […]

Bulgarian socialist leader Ninova: ‘no grand coalition’ possible

March 26, 2017, by Alex Bivol

Bulgarian socialist party leader Kornelia Ninova struck a civil tone in a brief election night statement on March 26, congratulating former prime mini ...

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 fam ...

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: 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 […]

  • 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 […]