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October 14, 2017, by Vessela Tcherneva

The Balkans are not as exciting as they once were. The large-scale violence that made the region a central concern of European policy in the 1990s is no longer a […]

European and foreign policy implications of Bulgaria’s election

March 28, 2017, by Vessela Tcherneva

The EU has dodged a bullet in the Bulgarian elections with the victory of former prime minister Boiko Borissov’s GERB party.  For much of the camp ...

View from Sofia: Fear and loathing

April 12, 2016, by Vessela Tcherneva

Fear. The word travelled across Bulgarian media and between the lines of reports and political speeches in the days after the Brussels attack. The fee ...

Ukraine’s reform crossroads

May 7, 2015, by Vessela Tcherneva

Ukraine has not crossed its Rubicon. The most important and urgent decisions for its future, both internal and external, are still ahead, and the next ...

  • Bulgaria’s days of protest on a crusade for genuine change
    July 10, 2013, by Vessela Tcherneva

    “Failed you have”. The protest poster depicting Yoda of Star Wars is ironic but these short words represent the reverse against which Bulgarians are protesting, their mood accusatory, condemning. That […]