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September 27, 2016, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

The September 26 first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a field day for fact-checkers, arguably especially in the case of Trump, but the 90-minute encounter […]


The Balkan Blog: To Think and Inherit The Wind?

September 23, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

Directed by Stanley Kramer, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 US Scopes Monkey Trial which resulted in John T Scopes’ convicti ...


Immigration office in Sofia: Fines for absolutely nothing

September 21, 2016, by Imanuel Marcus of

There is nothing better than a nice little visit to the Immigration Office at Boulevard Maria Luiza. Two days ago, I had already handed in all documen ...

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EU indecision on UN Secretary General choice plays to Russia’s advantage

September 20, 2016, by Richard Gowan of the European Council on Foreign Relations

The race to replace Ban Ki-moon as United Nations Secretary-General in 2017 is an awful muddle, yet it may still culminate in victory for a well-quali ...

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    Refugee crisis: Bulgaria, the dead-end road
    September 16, 2016, by Imanuel Marcus of

    Bulgaria is a square in a sad, dangerous and deadly game, the winners of which have to get from A to B, which is almost a mission impossible at this […]

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    The Balkan Blog: Is Greece at the tipping point?
    September 14, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    The very north of Greece might well be “The Yardstick” by which we can measure the reality of living in a significantly indebted nation, while it enjoys a severe reality check. […]

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    The Balkan Blog: The Gordons come to Bulgaria
    September 13, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    People generally take a lot for granted, especially concerning ex-communist countries. They often think that by reading a particular rag or subscribing to a certain political party, that they are […]

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    Putin’s gamble on Russia’s Duma elections
    September 12, 2016, by Nikolay Petrov of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    The forthcoming Duma elections are the first of the new, post-Crimean annexation era and the first elections since 2003 to use the mixed electoral system. They also provide an important […]