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boiko borissov by council of the eu
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 votes – is playing a […]

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 ...

Photo: Sébastien Bertrand

Open letter to Europe’s heads of state and government

August 6, 2014, by Letters

To Europe’s Heads of State and Government: The world will be watching when you select a candidate to lead the EU’s foreign and security policy on ...

  • 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 […]

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    Bulgarian Socialist Party seeks, well, red best-seller
    July 10, 2014, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Officially or otherwise, a number of candidates have emerged to succeed Sergei Stanishev at a Bulgarian Socialist Party congress on July 27 that will elect a new party leader. There […]