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August 20, 2014, by Ilian Vassilev

The South Stream gas pipeline is suffering from the “Belene syndrome” – despite uncertainty about the project’s progress, the “expenditure” is clearly on the rise. We are constantly being told that the […]

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Bulgaria’s Borissov’s political bridges

August 19, 2014, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

In the runup to Bulgaria’s early parliamentary elections on October 5 2014, Boiko Borissov – leader of GERB, the party likely to win the most ...

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on the left, and José Manuel Barroso

Turkish markets jittery over Erdogan presidency

August 13, 2014, by Dorian Jones of VOANews

With the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s president, speculation is growing over the future of key economic ministers and the head o ...

Plevneliev, right, with Bliznashki, middle, during a meeting with the electoral rules referendum initiative committee, in February 2014. Photo:

Political gulf widens as Bulgaria’s caretaker administration begins clean-up operation

August 8, 2014, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

When in 2013 it was clear that political circumstances made an immediate return to power by Boiko Borissov impossible, a cartoon depicted him rolling ...

  • Left to right: President Rossen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergei Stanishev. Photo:
    Pavane for a dead government: the Oresharski obituary
    July 25, 2014, by Alex Bivol

    For a government that lasted barely 14 months in office, the Oresharski administration has lived a full life, as if, aware of the fate awaiting it, the cabinet tried to tick […]

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    CCB affair leaves Bulgarian central bank with egg on face
    July 17, 2014, by Alex Bivol

    Aside from the shareholders and large depositors in the Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB), the other big loser in the ongoing saga surrounding the lender is without doubt the Bulgarian National […]