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Ognyan Minchev: Too Early to Say GERB-RB Talks Have Failed

It’s too early to claim that talks between GERB and the Reformist Bloc on forming a government coalition were a failure, a leading Bulgarian political scientist has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 16, 2014, Thursday // 10:45 | Viewed: 420

Osman Oktai: DPS’ ‘Unconditional Support’ Comes With Strings Attached

There is no such thing like ‘unconditional support’ in politics, one of the founders of  mainly ethnic Turk party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 14, 2014, Tuesday // 17:31 | Viewed: 387

Bulgaria's Boyko Borisov Facing Huge Test as 'Political Animal'

Renowned Greek philosopher Aristotle has described the human species as a "political animal" (zoon politikon). But, to paraphrase an iconic book by George Orwell, some people are more of a "political animal" than others.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 12, 2014, Sunday // 22:46 | Viewed: 471

Russia Is Upset. We're Finally Doing It Right

This week's harsh comments of Russian state officials criticising Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev, calling the Defence Minister “one Shalamanov” and accusing PM Bliznashki of “betrayal”, leave the impression that Russian officials have lost their ne

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 10, 2014, Friday // 15:50 | Viewed: 1288

Bulgaria's Grand Parliament Chessboard Might Be Both Ailment and Cure

Never in Bulgaria's recent history has such a result been observed - eight parties, meaning an extremely fragmented Parliament, with political deadlocks against warring factions preventing any two-party majorities.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 6, 2014, Monday // 21:57 | Viewed: 694

Plan A: Conservative-Socialist Cabinet

GERB won by a lot of ballots, while the BSP lost by a lot.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 5, 2014, Sunday // 21:15 | Viewed: 629

National Mourning For Our Non-Existent State

October 3 is yet another day of mourning this year – mourning for the mediocrity of state institutions and the transition, democracy and European values that never happened.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 2, 2014, Thursday // 18:25 | Viewed: 813

Opinions Clash Ahead of Budget Update Discussion

The 2014 budget update drafted by the caretaker government has stirred a lot of controversy ahead of its discussion with representatives of employers and trade unions.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 30, 2014, Tuesday // 17:43 | Viewed: 267

Seven Reasons to Observe TV7 Carefully

The article originally appeared on BGNES news agency.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 28, 2014, Sunday // 22:23 | Viewed: 755

Budget Talk: a Striking Example of Partisan Behavior in Bulgaria

For weeks now the caretaker government of Bulgaria has kept reiterating public finances are in dire straits.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 28, 2014, Sunday // 14:20 | Viewed: 433

Protest Vote May Disturb Calculations of Big Parties in Bulgaria - Expert

Genoveva Petrova from the Alpha Research polling agency has suggested that the early elections in Bulgaria on October 5 will play out according to the existing forecasts, with the main political parties retaining their positions.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 23, 2014, Tuesday // 11:15 | Viewed: 1092

Elenko Bozhkov: 10% Power Price Hike is Unjustified

A leading Bulgarian energy expert has disputed the need to raise power prices by as much as 10%, claiming that rate of increase only served the interests of power distributors.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 20, 2014, Saturday // 12:55 | Viewed: 808

Tsvetan Vasilev and the Voice of Business

I don't know what it means to "surrender" without having been in hiding, but the past 24 hours have created this precedent as well.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 17, 2014, Wednesday // 16:26 | Viewed: 843

Meeting Turkey's Erdogan: a Matter of 'Unnatural' Timing

A visit of liberal DPS's leader Lyutvi Mestan to Turkey's presidential compound might look like the "perfectly natural" thing for a party representing a vast Bulgarian Turkish population.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 15, 2014, Monday // 12:14 | Viewed: 998

Emil Harsev: KTB Insolvency Would Be Ungrounded

There is not a single reason requiring that Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank or KTB) be declared insolvent, financier Emil Harsev believes.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 12, 2014, Friday // 13:04 | Viewed: 508

Kristalina Georgieva's Appointment Could Bring About a Change to Bulgarian Politics

Just hours before Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the official distribution of portfolios in the new EU executive, an article kindly reminded me that commissioners tend to defend their national interest, "but it has to be done with subtlety".

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 10, 2014, Wednesday // 18:57 | Viewed: 1842

Kristian Krastev: Bulgaria Could Benefit from Russian Airspace Ban

Bulgaria would gain immediate profit from a potential decision of Moscow to keep Western carriers away from its airspace, a former Transport Minister has argued.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 9, 2014, Tuesday // 13:53 | Viewed: 666

Nikolay Mihaylov: Bulgaria's Political System 'Vicious, Devoid of Sense'

Bulgaria's political idea is related to an outward loyalty and degradation of the internal public debate and of inter-party clashes, Nikolay Mihaylov, a psychiatrist, believes.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 8, 2014, Monday // 11:18 | Viewed: 749

What's Right, What's Left In Bulgarian Politics

Political studies tend to describe parties and policies into two basic broad categories: left and right.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 5, 2014, Friday // 12:34 | Viewed: 376

Is It for Money, Mr General... Is It for a Lot of Money?

It strikes one that, especially lately, more and more generals are taking part in politics - from the armed forces, from the police, from the fire brigade.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 4, 2014, Thursday // 21:44 | Viewed: 579

Lech Walesa: EU Assistance to Ukraine Could Result in Nuclear War

A Russia-NATO nuclear conflict is possible if Europe provides military assistance to Ukraine, legendary Polish politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa believes.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | September 3, 2014, Wednesday // 10:11 | Viewed: 813