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Bulgarian protests

On June 14th, the Bulgarian society erupted against the arrogant proposal a controversial figure from the Bulgarian transition to be appointed head of the powerful State Agency of National Security (DANS). This has unleashed the discontent of tens of thousands Bulgarians who gather together punctually at 1830 every day to protest and demand the government to resign. In this subject euinside follows and analyses the developments in the 'Bulgarian Summer'.
16 December 2013 14:09 A Sad Country for the European Democracy*

In Bulgaria, we often say "in a European way" to show something is done as it should be done, that it is normal, the right thing. The European way is a symbol of purity, impartiality, principles, rule of law. However, there is a huge risk that purity to be stained by the desire for more seats in ...

29 October 2013 11:16 Magdalina Guenova: In Bulgaria There Is a Pseudo Democracy

The anti-systemic protests in Bulgaria continue. Although they melted in terms of a number of physical participants in them, they got a new impetus with the rebellion of students in several Bulgarian universities. But the protests, as much as they are aimed against the oligarchy and the fact tha ...

13 August 2013 14:49 Anti-Oligarchic Utopia

"Have you joined the campaign for donation of food products for Bulgaria?", I hear from the evening news programme of the Croatian national TV which has just started. For a whole week now all channels and all the first pages of the newspapers are dealing only with the emergency and unprecedented ...

23 July 2013 17:10 A Shop-Made Democracy

Is a shop-made democracy democracy? When 18.68% of the vote is controlled, 3.1% bought, when there is 19.37% illegal campaigning and advertising or when there are 58.9% organisational violations, according to Transparency International data about the early elections in Bulgaria on May 12th 2013? ...

9 July 2013 20:02 The Beauty vs the Beast: A Clash of Civilisations?

In 1993, Samuel Huntington came up with the theory of an upcoming clash of civilisations. In 2013, that clash is a fact in Bulgaria. The clash is between the Beauty and the Beast - between the civilisation of the "beautiful" and the civilisation of the ugly mafia. The political scientist Hunting ...

2 December 2013 10:23 Bulgaria Is Only an Illustration of the Process of Restoration in Eastern Europe

The Croatian daily newspaper Jutarnji list has published today a comment by Hido Biscevic about the protests in Bulgaria and about what actually is behind them in a much broader geographical context. Mr Biscevic is a secretary general of the Regional Cooperation Council, a special coordinator of ...

3 October 2013 14:19 One Hundred Days of Solitude - the Protests in Bulgaria

Sofia for years has been a city of contrasts, of at first glance conflicting cultures. A city of the beautiful and the ugly, of the best from the European and the worst from the Oriental, a city of clean and dirty, of new and old. A city where alongside a Christian church you will see a mosque o ...

26 July 2013 12:32 Non-Stop Elections!

The issue should there be early elections or not as well as when is gaining speed, which is a symptom that we are still not aware of some of the basic elements of democracy. In a well established democracy where the mafia is not a leading political factor, bribed media do not write society's age ...

17 July 2013 14:54 It's Time To Specify Election Mandates

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, subjected to mass protests for more than a month now because of obvious connections with the oligarchy and for serving private interests, refuses to resign with the argument that he has just been elected (in May) by Bulgarian voters and will fini ...

9 July 2013 18:21 The Culture of Resignation

In 2010, as part of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), in Romania has been established the National Integrity Agency with the nicely sounding in Romanian name ANI. The agency is the leading anti-corruption section in Romania investigating the incomes of high level officials. ...

 
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Adelina Marini
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Adelina Marini #Poland #Timmermans: In every country there are problems with the rule of law. No country is above the law. But it is never an excuse that someone else is doing the same
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Adelina Marini
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Adelina Marini
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