Bulgaria completed its six month stint at the helm of the Council of the EU defying its worst critics
Despite Bulgaria’s overriding enthusiasm for the EU membership, public opinion hostile to the EU has begun to take hold
Bulgaria and other East European countries still lack institutional frameworks that hold politicians accountable
Bulgaria’s will to protest might seem exhausted in the years following the summer of 2013, but dissatisfaction with the country’s politics still simmers
Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the EU is likely to run well but corruption, ultra-nationalists and language used by PM Boyko Borissov could spoil it all.
Sofia hopes to make a breakthrough on the country’s membership in the Schengen area and Eurozone. It also hopes to change its image as an underachiever.
The number of people moving out of the country after it joined the EU did not rise
Bulgaria remains a state captured by strong economic interests exerting systemic influence over key bodies in the administration and the judiciary
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s third term will be marked by a foreign policy push he will use to dampen criticism against his domestic agenda
Sofia is set to be a bystander in the process of the UK leaving the EU, although it will be in its epicenter during its presidency of the bloc