2015 in Review 28 Dec 15

Borisov Holds the Reins in Bulgaria

The Prime Minister may face a range of political crises and regional challenges - but with the opposition in disarray, his grip on power at home looks secure.

Victor Kotsev
BIRN
Sofia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov | Photo: EPP

In the final days of 2015, Bulgaria was again mired in a government crisis, the latest in a series of crises over the past three years, with a much needed justice system reform stalling and one of the coalition partners announcing that it could switch to the opposition in protest.

Amid wiretapping and corruption scandals, Bulgaria has also found itself at the forefront of the refugee crisis that has gripped Europe. It is also in the middle of the standoff between Russia and neighboring fellow NATO member, Turkey.

Right-wing sentiment is soaring and a threat to gas supplies from Russia, on which Bulgaria heavily depends, is looming.

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