Speculation regarding the foreign policy of President-elect Donald Trump has been on the rise for quite some time, with focus on topics concerning the EU and Eastern Europe. Most speculation emanates from the lack of understanding of the rational and irrational mix in his populist rhetoric and reality checks during his presidential candidacy, as well as once he is in office.   Some of the uneasiness surrounding what Trump might engage in after he walks into the White House is based on his purported privileged relations with Russia’s Putin, which supposedly allow him to circumvent the European Union, Eastern Europe and the US Congress. This is nothing new in the history of US presidential races in which there is only one prize that matters – the Oval Office. Anything


  “Bulgaria’s ruling elite demands from business to be either corrupted or else face all the mobilized power of the state machine” Excerpt from an interview of former CCB majority owner Tzvetan Vassilev   Grand corruption is a key pillar of the governance model in Bulgaria over the last 25 years, lubricating the mechanisms of distribution of power and money, as well as defining winners and losers in the course of history. It is the elephant in the room we failed to notice until we run out of breathing space.   The magnitude of its impact is not measured only in cash – lost or missed – such as the 19 billion euros, that according to Rand Europe, have been inflicted as damage to the GDP of Bulgaria on a annual basis