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Countering Radicalisation and Terrorist Threats

In the last decade, countering radicalisation that turns to terrorism has become an issue of particular concern for many European governments. It has reached new dramatic dimensions with the violent attacks in Paris from 2015. The current situation in Syria and Iraq and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State have led to new security threats especially concerning EU citizens joining the ranks of ISIS as foreign fighters. more »

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The EU Energy Union and the Russian Gas Projects: Energy Choices and Energy Security in Europe
For years, Gazprom has been making serious efforts to create the impression that it is an independent gas company, competing at equal conditions on the European markets but there is hardly anyone in Europe, who would not think that Gazprom is used as an instrument of the Kremlin foreign and economic policy. more »

Improving Democratic Governance to Unlock Growth in Southeast Europe: Dialogue on Current Policies and Future Perspectives
The Berlin Process initiative opened a new chapter for EU integration of the Western Balkans countries, as the Southeast Europe (SEE) region continues to experience serious governance and democratic deficits. The Balkans Barometer 2016 of the Regional Cooperation Council shows that corruption remains one of the key concerns for the people in the Western Balkans. more »

Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2017
According to the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2017 of the Institute for Management Development (IMD, Switzerland), the Bulgarian economy, being driven by the EU, is slowly going out of stagnation. Bulgarian politicians and business managers have failed to improve the competitiveness of the country during the 10 years of EU membership. more »

Identification, needs assessment and referral of victims of crime in the EU and in Bulgaria – legal and social dimensions
Social services are seriously hampered in identifying, assessing individual needs and referring victims of crime to services due to lack of clarity and resulting gaps in legislation, due to which institutional functions are not comprehensively defined. This was the conclusion reached by the participants in the training seminar ‘Identification, needs assessment and referral of victims of crime in the EU and Bulgaria – legal and social dimensions’, organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy. more »


Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2017

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Ognian Shentov, Chairman of the Centеr for the Study of Democracy, a Sofia think-tank, said: “The traditionally pro-Russian United Patriots are a new element in government but they represent the same informal networks that have captured the Bulgarian state in recent decades. This administration is expected to be stable, but it won’t have the capacity for implementing real reform.

Borisov links with far-right parties to rule Bulgaria, Financial Times, 4 May 2017 




According to the Center for the Study of Democracy, there was “rule of corruption” in the country. In a July report, the center estimated that more than 22 percent of the population was affected by corruption, but that charges were brought in only 0.01 percent of all cases. The center concluded that corruption had become systematic, functioning as an additional tax on public services, and that state institutions have practically been privatized by their employees.

US Department of State, Bulgaria 2016 Human Rights Report, 4 March 2017.


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