War of Words: Why has the Russian Foreign Ministry recently scolded Bulgaria?

Moscow and Sofia have overnight exchanged rather acrimonious diplomatic statements over last week’s decision by the Bulgarian Parliament to set up a commission with the task to investigate alleged Russian and Turkish meddling in the country’s domestic affairs. It all began yesterday when Maria Zakharova, a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson, described Bulgaria’s decision as “absurd” and implied that it was reminiscent of “neo-McCarthyism”. Today, Bulgaria … Read more…

Vox Opinion: Why Russian officials see a color revolution in Armenia?

Yesterday’s reaction of some important Russian officials to the events in Yerevan shows us how paranoid the establishment in Moscow has become. Just three days of protests motivated by purely economic reasons were enough to spark these hasty comments “coloring” the protests in Armenia. Firstly, we should be aware that these messages are aimed mostly at the Russian society and serve largely for internal consumption. Such … Read more…

Vox Opinion: Why Polish PM Ewa Kopacz forced snap dismissals in government?

On 10 May in a surprise move Polish PM Ewa Kopacz announced the dismissal of several key figures from her government. Three ministers will be sacked – Health Minister Bartosz Arłukowicz, Treasury Minister Włodzimierz Karpiński and Sports Minister Andrzej Bierna. Furthermore, three other officials were forced to resign – chief advisory to PM Kopacz Jacek Rostowski, head of the Special services Jacek Cichocki, and the Speaker of … Read more…

Vox Opinion on: “The Day After Riga: Where Are We Now?” by Alexander Chanadiri

The Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga between 21-22 May looked like a typical EU venue – a lot of compromise, soft blunt tone, backroom dealings, conflict avoidance, and little tangible result. W offer you this good summary of the summit by Alexander Chanadiri from EastBook.eu: The Day After Riga: Where Are We Now? Vox Opinion: On one side, the EU leaders reaffirmed the Eastern Partnership and its core … Read more…

Vox Opinion on: “Bulgaria Military Intelligence to Open Up its Communist-Era Archives” by Sofia News Agency

Although a member of NATO and EU, Bulgaria is may be the only ex-communist country in the “Euro-Atlantic” club which is still lagging behind on reviewing and properly assessing its communist past. Therefore, this announcement should be given proper attention (Read full article: Bulgaria Military Intelligence to Open Up its Communist-Era Archives, Novinite.com). The Files Commission was founded in 2006 and since then is the main body … Read more…

Vox Opinion on: Polish Presidential Election, “The Duda in Poland” by Jan Cienski, Politico

On Sunday 24 May, Poland elected a new president – Andrzej Duda. The official results show that Duda secured 51.55% over incumbent Komorowski’s 48.45%. Two weeks ago we  forecasted that Komorowski should be able to mobilize some of the protest “Kukiz vote”. However, this did not happen –  the results show nearly 60% of the people who voted for Kukiz on the first round, chose Duda this … Read more…

Vox Opinion on: “People and Power: Macedonia – Behind the Facade”

This short documentary dates from 18 March 2015 and provides some insights on the political situation in Macedonia at the time when the wiretapping scandals were just starting. The video summarizes the nature of the Gruevski regime before the recent escalation of political instability. There is a red line that can easily be traced into today’s events in Macedonia. Just a few months ago, the … Read more…

Sofia News Agency: Macedonian Party Leaders to Continue Anti-Crisis Talks on Monday

Vox Opinion: Although Gruevski is calling for discussions and dialogue, his resignation is still not on the agenda. He will most probably try to clinch to power at all costs as he may become a target of criminal or political persecution once out of government. The stakes are high for Gruevski. A nation-wide protest is called up for Sunday 17 May; the situation is still … Read more…