Explaining Eastern Europe: "Soft Decisionism" in Bulgaria

July 2018

Bulgaria continues to enjoy free and fair elections, but over the last decade its politics has come to be dominated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who practices a brand of discretionary rule that puts his own priorities above any commitment to legal or constitutional norms.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Romania’s Italian-Style Anticorruption Populism

July 2018

In Romania today, as in Italy twenty years ago, the gradual politicization of anticorruption has come to shape the political scene.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Imitation and Its Discontents

July 2018

For countries emerging from communism, the post-1989 imperative to “be like the West” has generated discontent and even a “return of the repressed,” as the region feels old nationalist stirrings and new demographic pressures.

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China in Xi’s “New Era”: Forging a New "Eastern Bloc”

April 2018

Through its “16+1” initiative, China is building relationships with postcommunist Europe that could threaten to undermine the European Union.

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Macedonia: A New Beginning?

April 2018

This small Balkan country has been plagued with crises of identity both internal and external. But recent developments, including a democratic change of government via the ballot box, have created an opportunity to find a better path. 

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