TinaSchivatcheva

National consensus – these words are missing from Bulgaria’s political vocabulary. In the midst of bitter political contentions, Bulgaria’s political scene is once again marred by open confrontations, and the bad-blood of back stabbing. Today, Saturday 11th of May, is the day before the early Bulgarian elections. In theory, this day should allow quiet time… » read more

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Photo credit: S. Fimpel, Wikimedia The giant forest hog, a once abundant species in Uganda, now faces an uncertain future. ‘The giant forest hogs, they live in Uganda with us…,’ states Dr. Busulwa, a visiting scientist at Cambridge, from the Makerere University [1] . His ethical stance indicates attitude, different from the traditional conservation approaches,… » read more

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On the 1st of May another Bulgarian victim of self-immolation passed away. Since the beginning of 2013 six people self-immolated in Bulgaria, and their desperate acts further ’enflamed our sleeping society’ [1]. Traumatic events demand a response that recognizes their impact rather than one that moves rapidly to forgetting the trauma or incorporating it into… » read more

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‘We will put an end to the populism of the Left’ – with this firm promise Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, and current deputy-president of the Citizens of European Development for Bulgaria party (abbreviated in Bulgarian as GERB), addressed the Brussels politicians [1]. On the 10th of April, Hans Seidel Stiftung (HSS)… » read more

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Introitus Late January, 2013 marked the onset of the ‘Bulgarian spring,’ as the ‘art of government‘ collided with the force of the public will. Tumultuous events were ignited when post-socialist, post-EU accession Bulgaria was hit by dauntingly high energy bills. Public discontent erupted throughout the country; all major cities lit up by strong mass civil… » read more

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Bulgaria’s constitution includes a wide range of social rights. However, the ‘democratic, law-governed and social state’ has been characterized as ‘chronically incapable of coping with its social problems or improving its level of economic prosperity’. Moreover, the Bulgarian ‘minimal state’ often cannot provide its citizens even with basic necessities, such as food, electricity, central heating,… » read more

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