Bulgaria

Bulgarian government commits itself to more aggressive policy against Moscow

By Markus Salzman, 14 August 2014

The new transitional government consists exclusively of those who maintain close relations to the EU and US.

Bulgaria’s financial instability fueled by EU-Russia conflict

By Markus Salzmann, 9 July 2014

The confrontation between the European Union and Russia has led to a banking crisis in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria suspends construction of South Stream pipeline

By our correspondents, 19 June 2014

The EU and US have forced Bulgaria to halt construction of a pipeline that would allow Russian gas supplies to Europe to bypass Ukraine.

Eastern European migrant workers face slave labour in Germany

By Anna Rombach, 30 August 2013

Many workers from Bulgaria and Romania seeking work in Germany as a result of the austerity measures of the EU are denied minimal social rights.

New wave of protests in Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach, 3 July 2013

A broad protest movement has developed nationally demanding the resignation of the “government of experts” led by the unaffiliated finance expert Plaman Orescharski and supported by the post-Stalinist Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Germany’s Left Party supports austerity in Bulgaria

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2013

Hans Modrow, chair of the Left Party’s council of elders, has pledged his unreserved support for the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the government it hopes to lead.

The political issues confronting the Bulgarian protests

By Christoph Dreier, 8 March 2013

Protesters in Bulgaria oppose the austerity measures dictated by the EU and the IMF and the bitter poverty they have produced, but the organisers are mainly petty-bourgeois forces seeking their own share of the spoils.

Bulgaria: Protests continue after government’s resignation

By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2013

Protests and demonstrations are continuing in Bulgaria despite the resignation of the right-wing government of Boyko Borisov.

Mass protests bring down Bulgarian government

By Anna Rombach, 23 February 2013

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced his government’s resignation Wednesday in response to ongoing mass protests.

Catastrophic conditions in the Bulgarian health system

By Anna Rombach, 5 June 2012

The health system in Bulgaria is undergoing a devastating decline as a result of the austerity measures dictated by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Bulgaria: Strikes and protests against layoffs and austerity

By Anna Rombach, 14 December 2011

For the last two weeks, Bulgaria has witnessed widespread protests and an indefinite strike by railway workers.

Pro-European Union, right-wing candidate wins Bulgarian presidency

By Anna Rombach, 17 November 2011

Rosen Plevneliev, the candidate of the right-wing GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) party, won the Bulgarian presidency October 30.

Violence against Roma in Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach, 7 October 2011

Bulgaria has recently witnessed violence against Roma for the first time. There were violent demonstrations against the Roma minority in the capital Sofia and 14 other cities, including Plovdiv, Varna and Pleven.

EU stability plan to bring poverty, inflation to Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach, 11 May 2011

The European Union is currently using Bulgaria, which has the lowest wages in all of Europe, to set standards that could become a model for all of Europe.

Bulgarian railway workers plan strike

By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 26 February 2011

The planned rail protest is directed against the drastic cuts being imposed by the Bulgarian government under pressure from the World Bank.

Drastic austerity measures hit Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach, 6 January 2011

The international financial and economic crisis has hit the working population particularly hard in Europe’s “poorhouse”―Bulgaria.

Bulgaria: European business calls for harsher measures

By Markus Salzmann, 20 July 2010

The European elite and the IMF are demanding that the Bulgarian government implement the brutal type of cuts already introduced in Romania, Hungary, Latvia and other Eastern European states.

Balkan governments introduce harsh austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 19 August 2009

Irrespective of the political composition of the various Balkan state governments, they are uniformly reacting to the economic crisis by shifting the entire burden onto the backs of the broad masses of the population.

Right-wing opposition wins Bulgarian parliamentary election

By Markus Salzmann, 13 July 2009

The right-wing “Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria” won the parliamentary elections held in Bulgaria last Sunday, with the governing coalition led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party suffering a heavy defeat.