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January 23, 2015, by Vessela Tcherneva

There’s this thing about peripheries. They are either peaceful and godforsaken (and thus ignored) or they are volatile and challenging (and thus stand a higher chance of being taken seriously). […]


Russia is not Charlie

January 17, 2015, by Maria Lipman for the European Council on Foreign Relations

Russia’s official reaction to the French tragedy was little more than diplomatic correctness. President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to ...

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Cheaper oil best weapon against Russia’s aggression

January 16, 2015, by The Kyiv Post

The strength of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime is a derivative of global oil prices — in other words, weak and getting weaker. So f ...

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After Charlie Hebdo: World leaders on terrorism, tolerance and freedom

January 15, 2015, by The Sofia Globe staff

In the days since the terrorist attacks in France that resulted in 17 people dead in a massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and ...

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    What can go wrong for Europe in 2015?
    January 11, 2015, by Josef Janning of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Two all-too-plausible scenarios could turn 2015 into an annus horribilis for Europe: a further erosion of integration within the EU, and a collapse of Ukraine. Both would greatly weaken Europe’s […]

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    After the Paris Massacre: fighting back with restraint
    January 8, 2015, by Nick Witney of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    How to react to this latest outrage? The immediate French response seems to have been rather noble, mixing a determination not to be cowed with calls for unity and restraint. […]

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    2014 in Bulgaria: In other news…
    December 31, 2014, by The Sofia Globe staff

    Some other news items from Bulgaria in 2014, that were not necessarily about politics or protests, a pipeline or the plummet of a bank. For some reason, several have to […]

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    The modus operandi of Putin’s Russia
    December 21, 2014, by Andrew Wilson of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    In order to understand Russia’s aims towards Ukraine, we have to know two things. First is to focus not on Vladimir Putin as an individual or on “What Putin Wants”, […]