All posts by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

  • Paltry prospects for Bulgaria’s new political parties
    June 26, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    An opinion survey in June 2012 said that Bulgarians – who are about a year away from national parliamentary elections – were losing interest in new political parties. The results […]

  • The cathedral church of Alexander Nevsky in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia
    Bulgarian church row over return of the Archons
    June 25, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    A petition, public protest and open division among the Bulgarian Orthodox Church have followed the church’s new rules legitimising the awarding of the title “Archon” to lay people – with […]

  • The Sofia Globe: Editorial Charter
    June 4, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    The Sofia Globe is intended for foreign and local readers with an interest in editorial content about, in order of priority, Bulgaria, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union and […]

  • Boiko Boyko Borissov Borisov prime minister of Bulgaria
    Bulgaria’s political scene: Doing the splits
    June 4, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    The beginning of June 2012 finds Bulgaria about a year away from parliamentary elections, and undeclared campaigning already begun – not least by a Prime Minister and governing party with, […]

  • Serbian presidential election poster for Tomislav Nikolic
    Stormy start for Serbia’s Nikolić
    June 4, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    The violence in northern Kosovo around a barricade-clearing operation conducted as Serbia’s new president Tomislav Nikolić was sworn in was a “baptism of fire” for him,Belgrade political scientist Predrag Simić […]

  • Nikola Gruevski, prime minister of former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, FYROM
    The Macedonia muddle
    June 4, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Ahead of the May 2012 Nato summit in Chicago, Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski sent from Skopje a plea for the alliance to include on its agenda an invitation for […]

  • Plovdiv Metropolitan Nikolai, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the country's second city
    Metropolitan Nikolai condemns Lady Gaga
    June 4, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Just days after Lady Gaga was prevented from performing in Indonesia after local Muslim fundamentalists labelled her a devil, she was condemned by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s very own controversial […]