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  • Bulgaria’s Media Wars 1: When the ink smears
    June 28, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    The press barons of Bulgaria are whacking each other with rolled-up newspapers, figuratively speaking, in a media war with profound commercial and political implications – and one in which platoons […]

  • Bulgaria’s Media Wars 2: The bashing of bTV
    June 28, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    The slogan of bTV, Bulgaria’s most-viewed privately-owned television channel, is “all points of view”. The channel, which ratings claim to have consistently the highest viewership in the country, has for […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hannes Swoboda, leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament
    News Analysis: What’s next for Europe’s left?
    June 26, 2012, by Marketa Hulpachova of The Prague Post

    As France’s newly elected socialist President Francois Hollande settles into the Élysée Palace, bolstered by comfortable socialist majority in that country’s Parliament, center-left politicians throughout Central Europe are in ...

  • The ‘Sofia’ criteria for the euro zone
    June 19, 2012, by Petar Ganev, IME

    The European Central Bank (ECB) published its Convergence Report (2012), in which it evaluates the progress of the members states that have committed themselves to joining the euro by following […]

  • russian president vladimir putin
    Russia Watch: Putin fails to scare Moscow’s middle class
    June 17, 2012, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

    The young protester handing out fake “Go Straight to Jail” tickets just didn’t get it. In advance of Tuesday’s protest demonstrations, President Putin signed into law a bill raising individual […]