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Tag Archives: Bulgaria
Sep 4 2013
Unless the West strengthens its support for Bulgarian civil society, the country is in danger of drifting back into the arms of Russia.
Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007 and has been a member of NATO since 2004. Iveta Cherneva argues, however, that recent developments suggest the country may be turning toward Russia. The current government led by Plamen Oresharski has backed … Continue reading
Posted by: September 4, 2013
Aug 8 2013
The EU’s designation of Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist group is a critical step toward preventing its illicit activities in Europe.
Last month the EU added Hezbollah’s military wing to its ‘blacklist’ of terrorist organisations. Matthew Levitt gives an overview of the developments that have led to the EU’s decision, and assesses its likely impact on Hezbollah’s operations. He argues that … Continue reading
Posted by: August 8, 2013
Jul 20 2013
Bulgaria’s on-going protests are driven by a society that refuses to tolerate further a political class that disregards democratic principles
Only weeks after national elections in May, street protests have once again erupted in Bulgaria. Marietta Stankova writes that what began as a protest against an ill-judged state appointment has developed into a widespread movement of dissatisfaction with the government’s lack … Continue reading
Posted by: July 20, 2013
Jun 28 2013
Brussels blog round-up for 22 – 28 June: MEPs in the limelight, France vs. the European Commission, and the EU’s new budget deal.
Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU centre and the crisis Friday sees a meeting of the European Council in Brussels. Ahead of the summit, the European Council on Foreign Relations presents the view from … Continue reading
Posted by: June 28, 2013
Jun 11 2013
The rise of governments led by technocrats in Europe illustrates the failure of mainstream political parties.
The Eurozone crisis has led to a perceived rise in ‘technocratic’ governments, led by unelected bureaucrats. Duncan McDonnell argues that caretaker governments are often used as a synonym for technocratic ones by the media, but that not all caretaker governments are … Continue reading
Posted by: June 11, 2013
May 16 2013
Bulgaria’s low election turnout is a symptom of the growing mistrust for the ruling GERB party and the country’s political system.
Last weekend’s election saw GERB continue as the largest party in Bulgaria’s parliament, a success for former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Antoaneta Dimitrova argues that while European commentators may see the election result as confirmation of the government’s good management … Continue reading
Posted by: May 16, 2013