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Tag: rule of law

The power and impotence of “open societies” – a historical reflection on current events

A few years after its greatest triumph – the overcoming of the European divide as a result of the peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe – the European idea experienced an ever-deepening erosion: "Europe has run out of a narrative," said Munich political scientist Werner Weidenfeld in 2018. It was the solidarity with Ukraine, which was invaded in February 2022, that was supposed to help the "open societies" get off to a new start. However, the autocratic enemies of these societies are also currently experiencing a process of consolidation.

December 5, 2023 - Leonid Luks

How Putin turned Russia into a failed state

In 2014 Vladimir Putin and his propagandists did everything to convince the public that Ukraine was a failed state. By the end of 2022 the situation appears to have reversed. Over the last year, Putin has turned Russia into a failed state.

On August 6th 2022 a programme on the YouTube channel BesogonTV featured a story about a prisoner who died in Ukraine during the “special military operation” while he was simultaneously serving a sentence in a federal correctional facility in Russia. The next day, Russia-1, a state-sponsored TV channel, aired his story as part of its daily news programme.

April 29, 2023 - Anastasiia Sergeeva Andrei Nikolaev

Bulgaria’s election spiral: the anatomy of disappointment

Bulgaria still appears to be mired in a never-ending cycle of elections. Often characterised by overt corruption and backroom deals, the country’s political system is still being manipulated by long-term autocrat Boyko Borissov and his circle. This will prove important as political elites once again attempt to form a functioning government.

April 21, 2023 - Radosveta Vassileva

Bulgaria’s institutional wars

Bulgaria’s new government was brought to power on a wave of optimism regarding anti-corruption reforms. However, promised changes are easier said than done. The administration now finds itself in a battle with those still loyal to previous Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

March 21, 2022 - Radosveta Vassileva

Towards a new Bulgaria or a new deception?

Bulgaria has remained one of the worst performing EU states when it comes to issues of corruption. However, recent political changes suggest that the country may be entering a make or break period regarding its justice system.

February 11, 2022 - Blaga Thavard

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

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

Moldova. A “blitzkrieg” against the rule-of-law aspiring government

Slightly disregarded during the last five months, geopolitics has returned to the centre stage in Moldova after the Socialist-ACUM parliamentary coalition collapsed mid-November.

November 27, 2019 - Denis Cenusa

EU flags for Balkan tyrant and ethnic cleanser

EU flags are present for another year as Todor Zhivkov's birth is celebrated in Pravets.

September 17, 2019 - Tomasz Kamusella

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