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(Photo of Erdogan, left, and Davutoglu: Turkish presidency)
March 25, 2015, by Dorian Jones of VOANews

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to maintain his dominance over his country’s politics are causing splits with his ruling AK Party. The struggle for control of the party now […]

The Party House, part of the Largo project from Bulgaria's communist era. Photographed in mid-June 2013 at the time of anti-government protests. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer

View from Sofia: A difficult choice between Russia and the West

March 11, 2015, by Vessela Tcherneva

The Bulgarian debate on sanctions, and on relations between the European Union and Russia more generally, has been coloured by Russian propaganda agai ...

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US ambassador’s remarks on media ownership in Bulgaria: state of play and challenges discussion

March 11, 2015, by The Sofia Globe staff

US ambassador in Sofia Marcie Ries participated in a round-table discussion on media ownership, hosted by think-tank Center for Study of Democracy in ...

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Changes at Interior Ministry, security agency increase onus on Borissov for reform

March 6, 2015, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Within a few days, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry will have a new minister and a new chief secretary and its State Agency for National Security a ...

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    Bulgaria’s changing of the guard: The big picture
    March 6, 2015, by Independent Balkan News Agency

    The decisions by the head of Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security and Interior Ministry chief secretary to give way to the inevitable and resign on March 6 are part […]

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    Moldova after the elections: Politics overtakes reform
    March 5, 2015, by Corneliu Ciurea for the European Council on Foreign Relations

    What has happened in Moldova in recent months can be explained by saying that political logic is finally taking revenge on bureaucratic logic. Moldovan politicians have started to rebel against […]

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    Ruxit is real: Russia’s exit from Europe
    February 28, 2015, by Josef Janning of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Leaving aside a few brief moments in the Russian policy discourse of the 1990s, post-Soviet Russia has always thought of the country’s role as being with Europe, but not of […]

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    Bulgaria key battleground in US-Russia energy war
    February 24, 2015, by Mark Snowiss of VOANews

    As the US wages a high-profile campaign against Russia over Ukraine, it is also battling Kremlin-dominance on another front – energy in Eastern Europe. Nato member Bulgaria, which relies on […]

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    The new Minsk ceasefire: Avoiding Putin’s trap
    February 12, 2015, by Volker Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Angela Merkel’s Monday visit to Washington made the gap between Europe and the United States even more obvious than had the recent transatlantic spat. Forceful proponents – and strong arguments […]

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    ‘It’s the last chance to keep the peace in Europe’
    February 6, 2015, by Bernd Johann of Deutsche Welle

    The path Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are now treading to try to end the war in eastern Ukraine will not be easy. So far, all diplomatic initiatives have failed. […]