Sotir Tsatsarov (left) and Lozan Panov

Issues with separation of powers 25 years after democratic changes in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s public space has been shaking for a second month in a row due to a meeting of its Prosecutor General with a notorious gas businessman, held with the intermediation of another businessman. The arguments on the case have recently..

published on 5/23/17 12:38 PM

Sofia expects normalization of situation in Macedonia, upholds its EU accession

Sofia has once again showed good will and hope for the peaceful development of the situation in Macedonia after the overcoming of the political crisis there. After months of political tensions Macedonian President George Ivanov has finally..

published on 5/22/17 12:02 PM

Court cuts minimum monthly wage, government raises it

The Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) has repealed the Decree of the Council of Ministers, which set a minimum  monthly wage of 230 euros from 1 January 2017. Previously the minimum salary was 210 euros. The court's decision is  not final and may be..

published on 5/21/17 5:06 PM

Confidence towards Borissov 3 cabinet is at 32%: Gallup International

The confidence towards Bulgaria’s new cabinet formed by GERB and the United Patriots is at 32%. The level of confidence towards the country’s government is close to the one of Borissov 2 cabinet. Meanwhile, 55% of the Bulgarians show mistrust towards..

published on 5/20/17 7:00 AM
Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov (left) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Enhanced Bulgaria – NATO military-political contacts days before Summit

The past week has been marked by active military-political dialogue of Bulgaria with NATO. Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva spoke in Brussels with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, while Minister of Defense Krasimir..

published on 5/19/17 12:27 PM

In Brussels Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva demonstrates continuity in relations with EU and NATO

For years it has been a tradition in Bulgarian political practice for any newly appointed foreign minister to pay their first visit abroad to Brussels. Ekaterina Zaharieva did not stray from this practice and on 15 and 16 May met with the..

published on 5/17/17 1:38 PM

Bulgaria overcomes embarrassing situation of being without representative in EC

At its first meeting yesterday, the new government of Boyko Borisov nominated MEP Maria Gabriel for EU commissioner. The sphere of responsibilities of the new commissioner is not known yet, but is expected to be announced next week. The..

published on 5/11/17 1:01 PM

Bulgaria has new government

On May 4 Bulgaria’s National Assembly has approved the structure and the members of the country’s new cabinet. Bulgaria will be governed again by a coalition cabinet headed by GERB leader Boyko Borissov. Unlike last time, when the right-wing..

published on 5/4/17 2:45 PM
Sotir Tsatsarov (left); Sasho Donchev (right)

Should it really be up to the public to decide whether the oligarchy has a hand in affairs of state?

For two weeks the public in Bulgaria have been baffled by a running scandal that started with a meeting between Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov and businessman from the gas sector Sasho Donchev that took place at the office of another businessman,..

published on 4/30/17 7:00 AM

Ankara in fresh attempt to interfere in Bulgaria’s domestic affairs

The Turkish president is not yet a sultan, but his envoys have started distributing ultimatums to foreign countries as if planning to restore the Ottoman Empire. One of the news headlines in Bulgaria during the outgoing week was related to the..

published on 4/29/17 12:44 PM