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December 2, 2016, by Imanuel Marcus of

The other day, I was talking to a Bulgarian acquaintance, who lives in my neighbourhood, about issues people with disabilities have in Sofia. Steering wheelchairs around potholes or vehicles parked […]

Photo: Sébastien Bertrand

Can governance Trump guns? European security after the US elections

November 23, 2016, by Mark Galeotti of the European Council on Foreign Relations

European security co-operation has never really been off the EU’s agenda, but controversy, political divisions and expense have for many years kept ...


Bulgaria elections 2017: Borissov is vulnerable over political decisions, less so the economy

November 22, 2016, by Independent Balkan News Agency

If ever there was a good time to predict the outcome of the parliamentary elections that Bulgaria is set to have in 2017, it is most certainly not whi ...

In the Old Town, Plovdiv. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Of culture shock and reverse culture shock: When everything seems different to expats

November 22, 2016, by

Most expats or immigrants have gone through a so-called culture shock. Those come in different intensities, and we may experience them in different ph ...

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    Patrick Brigham: Greece on the internet
    November 19, 2016, by The Balkan News Magazine

    It is not a language difficulty nor is it an inability for me to comfortably use the internet – after all I am a writer and a journalist – but […]

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    IBNA/Op-Ed: Not a very good year for Bulgarian PM Borissov
    November 7, 2016, by Independent Balkan News Agency

    Every opinion poll in Bulgaria in recent years shows Boiko Borissov’s GERB party as the one with by far the most support, and Prime Minister Borissov himself as the most-supported […]

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    The Invisible Bulgarian President
    November 4, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    Recently listening to an interesting podcast discussion, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer and Lance Nelson – concerning the forthcoming Bulgarian presidential election – I chanced upon a newspaper interview in the Daily […]

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    Bulgaria elections 2016: The wrap of the week that was, October 30
    October 30, 2016, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    In the week ending on October 30, Bulgaria’s Parliament approved last-minute changes to electoral laws, the government played cut-price Father Christmas by announcing December bonuses for the lowest-income pensioners, Prime […]