Bulgaria and Russia – what do Romanians don’t understand?

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Monument of Soviet soldiers (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

The political lobbies of Bulgaria manipulate the Romanian public opinion without restraint, as they try to integrate it in their internal political fight. Romanians will expand their spiritual territory when they manage to see in Bulgarians more than “Russian agents”

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 14 February 2020 at the Romanian section of the site “The Barriacde”. 

The elections of presidents Rumen Radev in Bulgaria and Igor Dodon in the Republic of Moldova coincided with the publication of an article and map in Romanian media, which was widely read all over Romania the day after voting – 14 November 2016. On the map, Romania was coloured in blue, while all the other countries were painted red – symbolic of Russian influence. Even Ukraine was painted in red, but it was noted that it has conflict with Moscow. “MAP Romania, ever more caught in Russia’s claws: Moldova and Bulgaria have elected pro-Kremlin presidents, who join the leaders of Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, said the article at Hotnews.

When I read such articles I always wonder how supposed Bulgarian Russophilia, apparently impossible to uproot, comes together with Bulgarian belonging to NATO and the EU. Don’t our Western partners know that we are all agents of Putin? Why did they allow us to enter these integrationist structures, when our primary loyalty is with a country from outside the Euroatlantic community?

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How does the economy explain the political changes in Romania?

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Sibiu is an example for the Romanian economic sucess in the recent years (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

The depletion of social democrat’s model for growth through higher income and consumption and the fears for fall in demand in Germany and the EU came together with the National Liberal Party’s taking over of power

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 14 February 2020 on page 23 of the issue N7 of the newspaper “The Bulgarian Army”. 

Orban fell. Long live Orban!

This is the shortest way of telling what happened in the beginning of February in Romania. Ludovic Orban lost the confidence vote on 5 February 2020, after the oppositional social democrats together with the party of the ethnic Hungarians took down the Orban government. The Romanian Orban however continues to be alive politically, not only because he still governs as caretaker prime minister. He also received from the president and party comrade Klaus Iohannis mandate for formation of a new government. Orban proposed the same minister at the same positions, copy-pasting the cabinet, with which he governed for three months.

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Orban cabinet’s fall shows again how “picturesque” is Romanian politics

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Ludovic Orban (photo: YouTube)

The screen writers of the TV series “Game of Thrones” have things to learn from Romanian politicians

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 10th February on the site of the Bulgarian daily newspaper ”Word”. 

Romanian politics has always excelled in its vitality. There is always something going on there – unions, divisions, agreements, cohabitations between political leaders and parties. That is why the fall of Ludovic Orban’s government, followed by the nomination of the same man by the president Klaus Iohannis for future prime minister, should not surprise anyone. There is even a political joke circling around Facebook. The people from the National Liberal Party (PNL) say: “We propose Orban for prime minister”. Somebody asks them why. “In order not to vote for him”, says the answer.

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If the government in Iran changes, a new agreement with the USA is possible

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Isfahan (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

An interview with the Iranian foreign policy expert Farzad Ramezani Bonesh on the February 2020 parliamentary elections and what their consequences might be for the country

Vladimir Mitev

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Farzad Ramezani Bonesh (photo: Farzad Ramezani Bonesh)

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh is an Iranian senior researcher and analyst on regional and international issues, with a focus on the Persian Gulf and South Asia. He has previously been chief editor of desk research at several Iranian research centers. He has published hundreds of research articles, short analyses and journalism in Persian and English.

This article was published on 10 February 2020 on the Bulgarian section of the site “The Barricade”.

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One of the major Bulgarian translators of Romanian interbellum and modern literature will come to Rousse

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Hristo Boev (with the microphone) and the Romanian writer Bogdan Boeru (photo: Hristo Boev, Facebook)

The event with the participation of Hristo Boev will take place on 6 March 2020 in the regional library

There will be a book launch on 6th March 2020 at 18 o’clock in the regional library “Lyuben Karavelov” in Rousse. The novels “The Innocents” by Ioana Parvulescu (2018), “770” by Bogdan Boeru (2018), “Crook Ltd.” by K.G.Balan (2019), ”Defect” by Florin Irimia (2017), ”Women” and ”The Town with the Acacia Trees” by Mihail Sebastian (2019), ”A Death that Proves Nothing” and ”Ioanna” by Anton Holban (2019) will be launched.

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Romania: the right-wing government has collapsed. Deliberate game of liberals?

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Klaus Iohannis şi Ludovic Orban (photo: YouTube)

Why the social democrats and the National Liberal Party are happy with the fall of Ludovic Orban’s government?

Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat

This article was published on 6 February 2020 on the Polish site “Strajk”.

Just three months after being sworn in, the right-wing Romanian government led by Ludovic Orban lost the vote of no confidence in parliament. However, it remains a favorite in the inevitable early elections.

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Marcel Ciolacu fights to take over the control over the Social Democratic Party

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Marcel Ciolacu (foto: YouTube)

The fall of Ludovic Orban’s cabinet takes place in conditions, which are beneficial to Ciolacu and to the leader of the National Liberal Party as well

This article was published on 7 February 2020 at the site of the newspaper “Word”.

The Romanian Social Democaratic Party will have a congress this month. It is expected that Marcel Ciolacu – the temporary leader after the era of Liviu Dragnea, will fight for a lasting take over of the party. This is the context, in which the social democrats’ activities on 5th February 2020, which led to the fall of the liberal government of Ludovic Orban, should be analysed.

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