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Communists vs Anti-Communists: Is Bulgaria Still Divided?
Nov13

Communists vs Anti-Communists: Is Bulgaria Still Divided?

As Bulgaria’s presidential candidates have been trading increasingly vicious blows bidding to become the next head of state on Sunday, an issue that long dominated the public debate has resurfaced: the division of “communists” and “anti-communists” in the public space. To raise the issue twenty-seven years into democracy – an anniversary...

Voting Begins in Bulgaria’s Dramatic Presidential Runoff
Nov13

Voting Begins in Bulgaria’s Dramatic Presidential Runoff

Bulgarians are heading to the polls on Sunday to elect the country’s new President in a runoff vote. A tight race is expected between the two remaining contenders, Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva, nominated by main ruling party GERB, and former Air Force Commander Maj Gen Rumen Radev, endorsed by the main opposition force, the Bulgarian...

Trump’s Victory Shakes Kiev
Nov12

Trump’s Victory Shakes Kiev

Donald Trump’s victory may leave Ukraine alone and frightened. The fear is that the newly-elected US President will prefer warm relations with Moscow to the annoyance of supporting Ukraine – a country which he described during his campaign as a “mess”. “The biggest loser tonight is Ukraine,” wrote Michael McFaul, former ambassador of the...

Bulgarian Trade with Third Countries Decreased between January and September
Nov09

Bulgarian Trade with Third Countries Decreased between January and September

Bulgarian exports to third countries decreased by 12% in the period January-September 2016 in comparison with the same period of 2015 and amounted to BGN 10 M, national statistics show. Main trade partners of Bulgaria were Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, China, the Russian Federation and the US, which accounted for 49.1% of the exports to non- EU...

Bulgaria Ranks 57th in Legatum’s Prosperity Index
Nov08

Bulgaria Ranks 57th in Legatum’s Prosperity Index

In ten years, Bulgaria has climbed three positions in the Prosperity Index of the London-based Legatum Institute, but bad scores in the management, health care and personal freedom sub-indices leave the country at the bottom of the ranking among EU member-states. Progress has been recorded in the categories Business Environment, Social Capital...

FT: Ex-Air Chief Threatens to Upturn Apple Cart of Bulgarian Politics
Nov08

FT: Ex-Air Chief Threatens to Upturn Apple Cart of Bulgarian Politics

Socialist-backed presidencial candidate Rumen Radev is on the brink of winning the election to become the next head of state, “in the process potentially upturning the apple cart of Bulgarian politics,” the Financial Times writes. A story published after Radev came first in the November 06 presidential election explores the potential...

Bulgaria Needs to Be ‘Generator of Solutions,’ Opposition Presidential Candidate Says
Nov07

Bulgaria Needs to Be ‘Generator of Solutions,’ Opposition Presidential Candidate Says

Bulgaria needs ambitions goals from increasing living standards to developing a good security environment, reforming education and fighting shady elements of power, leading presidential candidate Rumen Radev has said. In an interview with public broadcaster BNT, Radev, who has the best result in the first round of Bulgaria’s presidential...

Ukrainians Shocked by Politicians Wealth
Nov01

Ukrainians Shocked by Politicians Wealth

The anti-corruption reform requiring high-ranking Ukrainian officials to declare their financial assets on the Internet brought to the surface the huge gap between the wealth of politicians and those whom they represent, reported Reuters. Some declared millions of USD in cash. Others confessed that they own huge collections of luxury cars,...

Sofia shows reticence towards future increase of NATO forces near border with Russia
Oct30

Sofia shows reticence towards future increase of NATO forces near border with Russia

NATO’s Defense Ministers decided that the alliance should launch 4 military battalions consisting of 4,000 soldiers in the Baltic countries in response to Russia’s decision to deploy 330,000 military men along its western border. The USA is to deploy a battalion of 900 soldiers to Eastern Poland, as well as a contingent of tanks and...

NATO Undertakes Largest Deployment Around Russia Since Cold War End
Oct27

NATO Undertakes Largest Deployment Around Russia Since Cold War End

At the meeting of the defence ministers of NATO countries on Wednesday, the UK undertook the obligation to send fighter jets to Romania in 2017, while the USA promised Poland military forces, tanks and artillery – the biggest deployment of the alliance at Russia’s borders since the end of the Cold War, reported Reuters. Germany,...

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