Parvan Simeonov

Political analyst Parvan Simeonov: There is no enduring vision of the future in Bulgarian politics

You have to be very naïve to think that any protests could, in themselves, make a big difference without intervention by outside factors which frequently determine the destiny of nations in our region, said political analyst Parvan Simeonov in..

published on 9/18/18 2:28 PM

Summer turmoil in ruling coalition is storm in teacup

The Coalition Council between GERB and the United Patriots held on Monday a second meeting caused by the resignations of the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications and the Minister of..

published on 9/11/18 1:08 PM
Unanimity after the difficult talks – United Patriots and GERB announced they are staying together in the rule

Tension within ruling coalition right before new political season

The unveiling of the new parliamentary session today was preceded by a tense sitting of the coalitional council on Monday, for which some political observers had pessimistic forecasts on the government. Those concerns turned out to be groundless..

published on 9/4/18 1:24 PM

Intelligence services in the region work actively to obtain intel from Bulgaria

The annual report of the State Agency for National Security (SANS) for 2017 was made public this week. The media mostly highlight the conclusion that the intelligence services of various countries in the region have continued to actively..

published on 7/26/18 11:35 AM

Russian influence in the Balkan region

Are the Balkans under the influence of Russia? And what does that mean for the Western Balkan countries’ European integration? These questions have arisen because of a surprising diplomatic scandal that broke out between Greece and Russia...

published on 7/25/18 1:19 PM

Bulgaria makes first steps towards joining Eurozone

Bulgaria received a green light from the Finance Ministers of the Eurogroup to enter the Eurozone’s waiting room (The ERM2 mechanism) and the Banking Union in one year. The decision is a result of Sofia’s bid to adopt the single European..

published on 7/16/18 11:44 AM

Sofia’s position on increase in defence spending at NATO summit predictably guarded

The NATO summit that ended in Brussels yesterday will be remembered most of all for the turmoil caused by US President Donald Trump’s demand for a rise in national military spending from 2 to 4 percent of the respective country’s GDP. At NATO,..

published on 7/13/18 12:57 PM

The CEEC-China 16+1 meeting and how it put world media spotlight back on Bulgaria

The four-day visit to Bulgaria by the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang, which ended on Sunday, is in the focus of attention of the national media today, highlighting PM Borissov’s idea for the future..

published on 7/9/18 1:23 PM

Western Balkans still remain priority of Borissov 3 cabinet even after EU Presidency

The latest actions of the Boyko Borissov’s cabinet only confirm the truth in his statements that the Western Balkans priority would be kept within this country’s foreign policy even after the end of its rotational EU Presidency. Borissov’s..

published on 7/6/18 1:28 PM

Sebastian Kurz: EU project will be completed when Western Balkans belong to our community of nations

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union started with a meeting between Bulgaria’s Premier Boyko Borissov and Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Premier Borissov symbolically handed over the Presidency to..

published on 7/4/18 12:22 PM