The week: Bulgaria's pirate bay, a teenager investigates a minister, Trifonov breaks silence ...to say nothing
K Insights 18/06: Zaev comes and goes, exports keep on rising
Bulgaria’s attempt to thwart N. Macedonia’s EU accession bid ruins four years of diplomatic efforts and may lead to Sofia’s isolation in Brussels
Sofia’s decision to re-ignite identity disputes with North Macedonia comes at a sensitive moment, putting more than its good relations with Skopje in jeopardy
How historical disagreements between Bulgaria and North Macedonia overshadowed common geopolitical goals
Sofia is unhappy that its role in the untying of the Macedonian-Greek Gordian knot has been ignored
Bulgaria’s diplomatic offensive in its neighboring countries is driven by its upcoming EU presidency. It is yet to be seen whether there is anything more beyond the photo ops.
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