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  Next week’s elections for European parliament are likely to be treated as irrelevant by most European voters with considerably less than 50% expected to turn out at the polls. Nonetheless, they are watershed elections even though you wouldn’t know that by reading the European press. The reason for that is that both the press and most politicians strenuously avoid discussing what is really at stake in European politics. Instead, they conjure up doomsday predictions of the rise of supposedly anti-European “nationalists” and “populists.” In fact, the “nationalists” are anything but anti-European. Expected to win between a quarter and a third of the vote, few if any of them want to leave the European Union and in most ways they are much more representative of traditional European values than the

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On the deceitful political reality.   The nationalists, a.k.a. patriots, pursue a “double bottom” policy line at a critical junction for national security. There is no shortage of fighters for Islam. The nominal choice is between siding with the Turkish ethnic party, DPS, or joining the Erdogan loyalists?!   The narrative goes that it is fine for the leader of GERB to befriend the Turkish president, while the ethnic Turks and their parties in Bulgaria are a liability when it comes to national security and opposing him?!   One of the cornerstones of the ruling coalition before coming to power was the commitment to shut down the channels of influence of Erdogan’s regime through the funding of institutions of Islam in Bulgaria.   The results of the last presidential vote

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The views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria or the Bulgarian Government.   Hybrid war is not declared. It is being fought, instead. This is the essence of the strategy of today’s actors, be they state or non-state, in their aggressive hybrid warfare campaigns. The countries under attack are quite often unable to understand what is really happening on the ground until it might be too late.   Since the end of the Cold War Russia has been pursuing an intended and calculated policy of keeping enough influence in Bulgaria to have control over national decisions. It has achieved this objective primarily through economic tools as

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    At the beginning of the week, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation was given an institutional protocol welcome moresuitable to a senior political figure than to the head of prosecution of a country. Meetings were held with the Vice-President, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, even the Patriarch. This institutional focus does not correspond to the visitor’s official rank, but reveals the true political goals of the visit. Prosecutor General Chaika is one of the key actors in the Kremlin’s authoritarian and oligarchic regime, and above all, he directly executes political orders in favor of the regime. As the official Kremlin envoy, Chaika apparently had, above all, a political mission disguised as co-operation with the Prosecution of the Republic of Bulgaria (PRB). We can only guess

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About Atanas Slavov

Atanas Slavov is a jurist - a constitutionalist, professor of public law at the Department of Public Administration at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Since 2016 he is a Doctor of Law at the University of Glasgow (Orthodox Political Theology and Democratic Consolidation) and a Doctor of Constitutional Law at the Sofia University (2009). Atanas Slavov has specialized in various American and European academic institutions. His research interests and publications focus on constitutional law and theory, direct democracy and civic participation, political theology, law and religion. He has worked as Counselor on Constitutional Matters to the Minister of Justice (2014-2015), Counselor on Legislative Matters to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior (2016), Constitutional Expert at the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (2012-2014) and legal adviser in the non-governmental sector. Atanas Slavov is the author of the monographs “Civil Participation in Constitutional Democracy” (2017) and “Supremacy of the Constitution. Nature and Guarantees”(2010). He is a member of the Managing Board of the Atlantic Council of Bulgaria, member of the Managing Board and the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Direct Democracy, member of the Bulgarian Association of Political Science and other non-governmental organizations.
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About Александър Йорданов

Политик и дипломат, литературен историк и литературен критик. Доцент в Института за литература при БАН. Народен представител в Седмото Велико народно събрание (1990-1991). Председател на 36-то Народно събрание (1992-1994). Народен представител в 37-то и 38-то народно събрание (1994-1998). Извънреден и пълномощен посланик в Полша, Литва, Латвия, Естония (1998-2001) и в Република Македония (2001-2005). Главен редактор на седмичника за политика и култура „Век 21“ (1990-1998). Главен редактор на седмичника за политика и култура "Демокрация"(2013). Автор на: Личности и идеи (1986); В сянката на думите (1989); Своечуждият модернизъм (1993); Надеждата срещу безвремието (1993); Да нарушим Сценария! (2008); Завръщане (2006); Време за опозиция (2008); Днес е хубав ден! (2008); Blogo,ergo sum! (2012), Самотен и достоен. Проф. д-р Константин Гълъбов – живот, творчество, идеи. (2012).
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More parties and politicians are identifying themselves as spokespersons incarnating Bulgaria’s national interest. Holding a pivotal position in the political mainstream and wrapped in in the national flag, politicians can easily marginalize political opponents. At the surface of things, the motives are idealistic, as all politicians swear to be Bulgarophiles, although a close-up look shows they fail to separate the Bulgarian interest from that of other countries – Russia Turkey.   The public debate pertaining to the essence of national interest does not distinguish between the different faces of Bulgaria, Russia or Turkey – that of the homos politicus or the political elite, the people of culture, that of the homos economicus, the commoners, etc. The generic notion for Russia for example includes both its past and present, as the