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The week: Bulgaria's pirate bay, a teenager investigates a minister, Trifonov breaks silence ...to say nothing

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




A very Balkan debacle

A very Balkan debacle

Bulgaria’s blockage of N. Macedonia’s EU accession bid


A reluctant brotherhood

A reluctant brotherhood

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


It is not easy being a Good Neighbor

It is not easy being a Good Neighbor

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


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


Macedonia's new name could teach Bulgaria a thing or two

Macedonia's new name could teach Bulgaria a thing or two

Sofia is unhappy that its role in the untying of the Macedonian-Greek Gordian knot has been ignored


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Istanbul Convention, Nationalist split, ERM II postponed, Kelner bids for Telenor


Western Balkans on Bulgaria’s mind

Western Balkans on Bulgaria’s mind

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.


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