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Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko, Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Adam Michalski
On 3 January 2023, an agreement was signed in Sofia between state companies Bulgargaz and BOTAŞ, in the presence of the Bulgarian and Turkish energy ministers Rosen Hristov and Fatih Dönmez. The gas contract, whose term is 13 years,…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
In recent weeks there has been an unexpected shift in Bulgaria’s policy with regard to the war in Ukraine. On 3 November the Bulgarian parliament, which was formed following the2 October elections, agreed to supply light weapons to Ukraine…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
The early elections to Bulgaria’s 240-seat National Assembly, held on 2 October, were won by the centre-right GERB-SDS bloc of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. It won 25% of the vote and 67 seats. With 20% of the vote, the Continuing…
Analyses | | Mateusz Seroka
On 18 March Bulgaria’s counterintelligence arrested a group of six Bulgarians suspected of spying for Russia. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, five out of the six arrested are former or active servicemen, including officers of the…
Analyses | | Marta Szpala, Mateusz Seroka
Due to objections from Bulgaria, the EU Council did not adopt the conclusions on the enlargement policy, including the negotiating framework with North Macedonia and Albania proposed by the European Commission (EC) in December this year.…
Analyses | | Mateusz Seroka
A number of events have taken place in Bulgaria over the past two weeks resulting in a sudden deterioration of Bulgarian-Russian relations. On 3 September, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticised an exhibition entitled the ‘…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
The elections to the European Parliament have weakened the Christian Democrats (EPP) and Social Democrats (S&D) in Central Europe; but although they have won fewer seats than five years ago, they still have an advantage over the other…
Analyses | | Mateusz Seroka
On 6 October Viktoria Marinova, a local journalist, was raped and murdered in the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse. Since the end of September Marinova had been hosting a local television programme dedicated to investigative journalism. Her…
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
The centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) of Boyko Borisov won the early parliamentary election held on 26th March.
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
The Bulgarian presidential elections have been won by Rumen Radev, a non-party candidate, who ran with the support of the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party.