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April 29, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

I can’t vote in the forthcoming referendum, to determine Great Britain’s future in Europe, and so I reserve the right to say what I like. To me the whole matter […]

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Communism and self-esteem

April 23, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

Perceived from the sitting rooms of suburban England or even from a press office in Canary Wharf, the ex-communist countries of Europe remain an anath ...

A meeting of the Council of Presidents, convened by President Plevneliev earlier in January 2015. From left, former president Georgi Purvanov, President Plevneliev, former presidents Zhelyu Zhelev and Petar Stoyanov.

Looking back again on Bulgaria

April 19, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

President Zhelyu Zhelev was an enigma to me. I had watched him on TV in Bulgaria during the early nineties, performing official tasks, much as his pre ...

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View from Sofia: Fear and loathing

April 12, 2016, by Vessela Tcherneva

Fear. The word travelled across Bulgarian media and between the lines of reports and political speeches in the days after the Brussels attack. The fee ...

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    Looking even further back at Bulgaria
    April 12, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    My book, Herodotus: The Gnome of Sofia, is a humorous account of a British diplomat and his fall from grace, and has its foundations in reality. When, in 1993, I […]

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    Looking back at Bulgaria
    April 4, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    As far as I can remember, nothing very new has happened in Bulgaria for years, although many might not agree this to be so. Nevertheless, if over time one had […]

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    View from Sofia: Geography lessons
    March 17, 2016, by Louisa Slavkova of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    When Europe was dealing with the financial crisis, a dividing line presented itself in the EU between the rich rule-based centre and the poor unruly periphery. Back then it was […]

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    Turkey’s not so splendid isolation
    March 12, 2016, by Vessela Tcherneva and Fredrik Wesslau of the ECFR

    Turkey is in a bind. It is on the losing side of the war in Syria and engaging in an increasingly bloody fight with the Kurds. Domestic politics are becoming […]

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    Turkey’s triple disaster
    February 7, 2016, by Asli Aydintasbas of the European Council on Foreign Relation

    As if the housing of 2.5 million Syrian refugees, a dangerous escalation with Russia, and jitters over a string of Kurdish victories on its southern border were not enough, Turkey […]