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Setting the scene for 2021: what to expect in the political field

Setting the scene for 2021: what to expect in the political field

Socialist opposition tries to sharpen its teeth, but the surge of smaller parties is promising a fractured parliament


Bulgaria and Russia: a tale of two palaces

Bulgaria and Russia: a tale of two palaces

The Black Sea mansions of Vladimir Putin and Ahmed Dogan reveal a lot about the systems they created


The big pretender

The big pretender

Bulgaria’s second party strives for the prime spot after months of anti-GERB protests. Who are the party’s movers and shakers?


Postponing the Fall

Postponing the Fall

How long will the Prime Minister Boyko Borissov dodge resigning after three months of protests and what comes next?


History is not always a good guide

History is not always a good guide

How historical disagreements between Bulgaria and North Macedonia overshadowed common geopolitical goals


Seventeen moments of autumn

Seventeen moments of autumn

The recent spate of "spying scandals" involving Russian diplomats and the leader of Bulgaria’s National Russophile Movement Nickolay Malinov are more reminiscent of a bad Soviet-era joke rather than a real espionage drama


Boyko Borissov is stirred; but not yet shаken

Boyko Borissov is stirred; but not yet shаken

Expectations that the May 2019 European Parliament elections would trigger a dramatic crisis of confidence in Bulgaria’s ruling GERB party following the real estate scandal did not materialize


Editorial

Editorial


Bulgarian parties gear up for election year

Bulgarian parties gear up for election year

The European Parliament elections this spring will be a grand rehearsal for the local elections in the autumn – and possibly a snap vote


Bulgarian society is drifting between the discomfort of the status quo and the uncertainty of alternatives

Bulgarian society is drifting between the discomfort of the status quo and the uncertainty of alternatives

Mistrust in institutions remains overwhelming


Slowly, but steadily Bulgarians embrace open society values

Slowly, but steadily Bulgarians embrace open society values

To the surprise of some, a growing number of Bulgarians believe in open and more liberal democracy


Bulgaria attemps to resurrect Belene NPP project once again

Bulgaria attemps to resurrect Belene NPP project once again

The new return to the abandoned project backed by Russia revives old concerns and stirs old controversies


Is a civic and democratic party still possible in Bulgaria?

Is a civic and democratic party still possible in Bulgaria?

The various splinters of the centre-right parties are attempting yet another unification


Euro-optimism and Euro-fears

Euro-optimism and Euro-fears

Despite Bulgaria’s overriding enthusiasm for the EU membership, public opinion hostile to the EU has begun to take hold


Five Years After

Five Years After

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


No immediate threats loom on the horizont

No immediate threats loom on the horizont

But social discontent from increasing social inequality could erode the support for ruling coalition in the mid to long term


Bulgaria’s Political "Apprentice"

Bulgaria’s Political "Apprentice"

Patriotic pop-folk singer, TV host and majoritarian electoral system supporter Slavi Trifonov is moving closer to making the first political reality format in Bulgaria


Why is Bulgaria prominently absent in Macedonia?

Why is Bulgaria prominently absent in Macedonia?

In theory, Sofia has all it takes to claim a leading role: geographical and cultural proximity, contacts, and, not least, EU membership. In practice, Bulgaria is at best an afterthought