The Bulgarian Socialist Party has a new leader, but will it see a new beginning?
Analysis

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has a new leader, but will it see a new beginning?

Mihail Mikov was elected Leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party on 27 June 2014, following the resignation of Sergey Stanishev who had just become a Member of the European Parliament. Mikov won the position after two attempts, beating the former Minister of Economy and Energy Mr Dragomir Stoynev by just 44 votes. Here, Nikolay Manov … Continue reading

A shock in Bulgaria
Analysis

A shock in Bulgaria

Andrea Peycheva analyses the results of European elections in Bulgaria. With the official results of the European elections in Bulgaria announced, there were hardly any big surprises. The three most popular parties – GERB, BSP and DPS – won six, four and four mandates respectively. The Reformation Block won one, which could be considered a … Continue reading

Sofia
Travel

Sofia

For those wondering where to spend their summer holidays, this account by Andrea Peycheva of her native Sofia may sway you. Sofia has many attractions. Over the centuries, this city has collected something new, something old and something borrowed and does not embody the typical historical, one-and-the-same image of other European capitals. Instead, it has … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 29 September 2013   Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova has gone on hunger strike over conditions at her Siberian prison. Tolokonnikova described her complaint in a letter published in The Guardian and elsewhere: “The living and working-condition violations at PC-14 are endless. However, my main and most important grievance is bigger than any … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 8 September 2013 The government’s candidate won mayoral elections in Moscow, with an expected 52% of the popular vote. Turnout, however, appeared significantly lower than in previous elections, at around 30%. Opposition candidate, Alexei Navalny, won between 29-32% of the vote – a better than expected showing. With a prison sentence due … Continue reading