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Author: Radosveta Vassileva

Bulgaria’s media jungle: the good, the bad and the ugly

The media landscape in Bulgaria seems grim at the moment – oversaturated with tabloids and politically-slanted, oligarchic-owned outlets. The few independent and professional journalists face harassment and prosecution. Boyko Borissov’s recent fall from power gives some hope that things may change in the long run. However, there are a few caveats.

September 21, 2021 - Radosveta Vassileva

Snap elections in Bulgaria: who is ready for political suicide?

While the GERB party was weakened further in the July snap elections in Bulgaria, dismantling the structures it left behind will require the coming together of civil society and remaining political forces.

July 28, 2021 - Radosveta Vassileva

Dramatic parliamentary elections in Bulgaria: will Borissov transfer power peacefully?

The election results in Bulgaria could be understood as a victory for its civil society. The outcome may bring about changes that could strengthen democracy and make politics in the country more transparent.

April 14, 2021 - Radosveta Vassileva

Sexism and violence against women. Will this nightmare in Bulgaria end?

While Bulgaria’s government claims advancing the rights of women is a top priority, a UN Committee has raised concerns over the situation in the country.

February 2, 2021 - Radosveta Vassileva

What lurks behind Bulgaria’s “veto” on North Macedonia’s accession talks? 

Bulgaria's decision to block North Macedonian accession talks with the EU is being portrayed as a result of how the two neighbours view their history and language. A Friendship Treaty between the two is being used to raise tensions rather than alleviate them.

November 30, 2020 - Radosveta Vassileva

Bulgaria: 100 days of protests

Questions are being asked after over a hundred days of mass protest in Bulgaria. What has been achieved and what does the future hold?

October 28, 2020 - Radosveta Vassileva

Protests in Bulgaria: EU values, wherefore art thou?

The EU reaction to the continuing protests in Bulgaria has been quite ambiguous.

August 25, 2020 - Radosveta Vassileva

Bulgaria: will Borissov’s government survive this summer?

A string of scandals could signal the end of Borissov's ten year long rule.

July 13, 2020 - Radosveta Vassileva

Bulgaria: a water crisis or a rule of law crisis?

There are rising concerns that drinking water in the Pernik area has been deviated for industrial use by a local factory and a private hydropower plant with the government’s blessings.

February 11, 2020 - Radosveta Vassileva

How many Ministries of Truth does Bulgaria have?

Bulgarian state institutions compete in disseminating falsehoods.

September 6, 2019 - Radosveta Vassileva

On the price of horses and the rule of law in the EU

A live streamed meeting between the Bulgarian Prime Minister and one of the lead candidates for the top job at the EU Commission raises doubts about the commitment to defend the rule of law in Europe.

July 17, 2019 - Radosveta Vassileva

Bulgaria’s dangerous flirtation with the far-right

The rise of the far-right in Bulgaria has led to an increase in xenophobia. The European People's Party is facing a troublesome trend among some of its members.

May 21, 2019 - Radosveta Vassileva

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