What’s up Bulgaria? Prime Minister Boyko Borissov visits Washington, and the country is struck by protests

– On November 25th Deputy Director of the National Police Office Blagorodna Makeva announced that in 2018, more than 31 000 reports of  domestic violence had been received by the police in Bulgaria. Additionally, in the first eight months of … Continue reading What’s up Bulgaria? Prime Minister Boyko Borissov visits Washington, and the country is struck by protests

What’s up Bulgaria? Controversial new prosecutor general, and GERB hold on to power

– On October 22nd the European Commission announced that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) for judicial review in Bulgaria could be lifted because “the progress made [by the country] under CVM is sufficient to meet Bulgaria’s commitments made at … Continue reading What’s up Bulgaria? Controversial new prosecutor general, and GERB hold on to power

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Protests over early parole to murder-convicted Australian and controversies over the upcoming election of the new Prosecutor General

The last few months in Bulgaria were hot and stormy, just like the county’s political scene. Although the National Assembly had a long vacation, Bulgarians were not given a break from scandals and bad news.  – The arrest of a … Continue reading Protests over early parole to murder-convicted Australian and controversies over the upcoming election of the new Prosecutor General

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EU Parliament election confirms balance of power and vice president of ruling party resigns

– The results of the European Parliament (EP) elections on May 26th in Bulgaria reconfirmed the balance of power in the National Assembly. The ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria won the elections with about 31% of the votes … Continue reading EU Parliament election confirms balance of power and vice president of ruling party resigns

The EU Election Outcome: the Rise of Eastern-style Christian Democracy

The European election results seem messy. A colourful mosaic, with no clear pattern at first sight. But in all the disarray, Europe’s narrow Christian-democratic victory shows an outline, an ideological curtain dividing the continent into two halves.  Why did Christianity-inspired … Continue reading The EU Election Outcome: the Rise of Eastern-style Christian Democracy

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Fresh report show decrease in freedom of speech and Pope Francis visits Bulgaria

– According to a report released on April 30th by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, 22% of the country’s population live under the poverty threshold. Roughly 70% of Roma in Bulgaria are at risk of poverty in comparison with around … Continue reading Fresh report show decrease in freedom of speech and Pope Francis visits Bulgaria