Ahmed Dogan, the notorious kingmaker in Bulgaria’s political underground, has surfaced as a legitimate owner of TPP Varna, which marks a milestone in the history of the country’s transition. Immediate questions arise – why now? Why this deal? And what does it entail for Bulgaria’s political landscape?   I have been following the progress of the TPP Varna deal for a long time because it is a live edition of Bulgarian grand corruption and the capture of the state. Sooner or later, the “proxies” in the picture step aside and give way to the real owners.   There are several kindred deals in the making at present – one of the most visible ones being the CEZ Bulgaria deal, involving front and backstage players, including well-known Bulgarian businessmen, famous


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


  At a recent speaking engagement a member of the audience asked me what was the most significant change I had observed in the 40 years I have closely followed American politics. I answered that it would take an hour to do justice to his question and left it unanswered, but have been thinking about it since and the essay below is partly designed as an answer to this question.   When I first set foot in the United States as an immigrant in January 1969, I knew English and was a big fan of American literature, but knew little of American politics, except that I imagined it to be strongly anti-communist, which is why I chose to emigrate to America to begin with. And it couldn’t be any other


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.

lian Vassilev video26.07

Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


  “Comrades, we appoint you millionaires” Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian PM, before 150 nomenclature cadres meeting Bulgarian Industrial and Industrial Association (today BIA) November 1989   The Peevski-Domuschiev amendment comes as a logical consequence of a long evolution in the ruling model of Bulgaria, an almost unavoidable stage – the consolidation of the proceeds and the preponderance of the post-communist nomenclature in its drive to create a version of national capitalism, insulating the country from globalist trends and fencing off Bulgaria from foreign influence. All of this is in the interest of indigenous oligarchs and political power brokers.   This is hardly an innovation. Rather it is reminiscent of the G-13 group story, a graft of a local breed of “wild capitalism” coupled with no less wild and fake nationalism, claiming


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


The article first published in on 06/05/2017. At the time Italy joined the European Monetary Union (EMU) in 1999 on its way to full-fledged membership in the eurozone in January 2002, economists debated whether this never-tried-before experiment will succeed or not. One of the most compelling debates at the time was between two giants of monetary thought, Robert Mundell and Milton Friedman. Mundell, who is occasionally referred to as the ‘father of the euro’, for having laid out the theoretical foundations of a common currency, was optimistic, Friedman, the opposite.   Friedman is now dead while Mundell is 85, but the events in Italy may be bringing us closer to a resolution of the argument. So it is worth remembering the key points made by the two luminaries. Mundell, of course, pointed out the

velikden rusia

Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.