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July 31, 2015, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

A pattern of apparent collusion between Boiko Borissov’s GERB party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms in recent votes in Parliament is raising questions about who is running the […]

The downing over Ukraine of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in July caused global outrage. Investigators found evidence pointed to the downing being the result of an anti-aircraft strike. Fingers were pointed at Russia, which denied the charges and sought to blame Ukraine, a counter-claim dismissed in most quarters as lacking credibility.

Russia’s propaganda machine revs up ahead of UN’s MH17 vote

July 29, 2015, by The Kyiv Post

Russia’s state media machine appears to have gone into conspiracy theory overdrive. A well-coordinated campaign appeared to be underway ahead of the ...

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As he pushes judicial reform, Bulgarian Justice Minister targeted in smear campaign

July 10, 2015, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov is on the receiving end of a sustained campaign against him as he seeks to reorganise judicial system managem ...


Opinion: Varoufakis’ resignation comes too late

July 6, 2015, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has probably done his country the best service he can by stepping down. His move hugely facilitates new negoti ...

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    One year on, CCB saga in Bulgaria far from over
    June 19, 2015, by Alex Bivol

    A year after the Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) asked to be put under the central bank’s administration on June 20 2014, Bulgaria has made very little headway towards a satisfactory […]

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    Pattern of provocateurs in clashes in Bulgaria
    June 15, 2015, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    It has long since become a familiar pattern. There is a protest in some far-right cause or a conflict, lately often involving Roma people, and soon on the scene are […]

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    The undesirables
    May 28, 2015, by Maria Lipman for the European Council on Foreign Relations

    This week, both houses of the Russian parliament approved legislation regarding “undesirable organisations”. According to the new norm, a prosecutor can deem any foreign or international organisation “undesirable” if it […]

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    Macedonia: A pawn in the Russian geopolitical game?
    May 27, 2015, by Deutsche Welle

    The political crisis in the small Balkan country of Macedonia has caught Moscow’s attention. It might be developing into a new arena for the ongoing standoff between Russia and the […]

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    President Duda: What happened in Poland?
    May 25, 2015, by Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Andrzej Duda’s success in Poland’s presidential election is a political earthquake. Not only did Duda, an inexperienced, second-rank politician from the opposition Law and Justice Party, outwit all the opinion […]

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    The price of coexistence between the EU and Russia
    May 17, 2015, by Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    If the main flaw of the European security order after 1989 was that it was unsuited to incorporating Russia in the long term, isn’t it high time for a deal […]