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08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

Kings may have departed from the Balkan stage but many of the region’s current leaders weild power in monarchical style - clinging to office for decades. Here is the selection of ten politicans who think it is never the right time to bow out.

16 Nov 16

Bulgaria’s Pilot-Turned-President Faces Turbulence Ahead

Elected president because of his lack of involvement in Bulgaria’s murky politics, former air force chief Rumen Radev will quickly have to learn to navigate the country through turbulent times.

10 Oct 16

Ahmed Dogan: From Informer to Dissident to Political Elite

Despite stepping down as leader of Bulgaria’s powerful ethnic-Turkish MRF party, many say the highly controversial Dogan still calls the shots behind the scenes.

04 Oct 16

Tsetska Tsacheva, The Bulgarian Nation’s Would-Be ‘Mother’

Parliament chief Tsetska Tsacheva could be become the first female president of Bulgaria after being nominated by PM Boyko Borissov, who said she should be the ‘mother’ of the nation.

21 Jul 16

Sergei Stanishev, Bulgaria’s Natural-Born Socialist Leader

Since becoming leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party when he was only 35, Stanishev - now an MEP - has struggled to transform the party’s grey, dowdy image and make it more attractive to the young.

08 Jul 16

Boyko Borissov, ‘People’s Man’ and EU’s ‘Golden Boy’

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister has been scaling the heights of politics for some 15 years, becoming an indispensible ‘kingmaker’ at home and a favorite of Brussels at the same time.

06 Jun 16

Patriotic Front Flourishes in Bulgaria’s Chaotic Politics

In just two years, the nationalistic coalition has made its way from the margins to the mainstream of the political life, becoming a key player in the government.

30 May 16

Notorious Mayor Faces Belated Justice in Bulgaria

Tsenko Chokov, who has been running the village of Galiche like feudal lord for 20 years, has finally been charged with running a crime gang

27 May 16

Bulgaria Drags its Feet Over ‘Cocaine King’

Evelin Banev has received big jail sentences for drug trafficking in Romania and Italy - but back home in Bulgaria the courts appear curiously reluctant to act.

10 May 16

Korneliya Ninova, the Bulgarian Socialists’ First Woman Chief

The outspoken and combative critic of the centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has promised to give him ‘hard times’ as new head of the opposition Socialist Party.

18 Feb 16

Bulgaria Turns on its Golden Boy, Peevski

After 15 years of scaling the political and economic heights, the controversial Bulgarian politician and businessman is under fire.

21 Oct 11

Plevneliev Builds his Way to Bulgaria’s Presidency

Former construction boss Rosen Plevneliev looks certain to win the presidential election for the centre-right GERB party. The big question is whether he will be his own man once he is in office.

08 Nov 10

Profile: Georgi Parvanov

The 53-year old historian and former leader of the Bulgarian Socialist party, BSP, has been president of the country since 2001 and is currently enjoying his second term in office.

20 Oct 10

Volen Siderov

At the moment Siderov is the head of the nationalist Ataka (“Attack”) party and a member of the parliament.

13 Jul 10

Youngest Mayor Puts Ageing Bulgarian Villages on Map

Ever heard of Dolna or Gorna Sekirna? Few people had, until the mainly elderly residents of these remote hamlets caused a stir by electing a teen as their leader.