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Svetoslav Todorov

Svetoslav Todorov, Journalist

Journalist and writer, based in Sofia. He began his career in 2010 and as of now he is a cultural editor at Capital Weekly. His work is connected to the arts, but extends to education, human rights and other social issues. He also has substantial experience in arts management, radio presenting, photography, literary criticism and translations, publishing.

23 articles - Svetoslav Todorov:
Bulgaria’s next elections - a footnote rather than a turning point

Bulgaria’s next elections - a footnote rather than a turning point

Bulgaria is looking like a place that no one really wants to govern. The country is heading for its fourth elections in eighteen months and chances for a coalition are getting increasingly small. As major players are trying to win the popular vote, smaller parties are hoping for momentum, as polls predict that the next parliament might feature up to seven parties.

Svetoslav Todorov
22 Sep 2022
Moscow is pulling Bulgaria back, as the country is heading to snap elections

Moscow is pulling Bulgaria back, as the country is heading to snap elections

After ousted PM Kiril Petkov’s coalition was adamant in its pro-West and pro-EU position, current interim government, selected by President Radev and led by caretaker PM Donev, is making chaotic moves, risking further instability.

Svetoslav Todorov
23 Aug 2022
Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

EU and NATO member Bulgaria, once Moscow’s closest satellite, has been moving away for years, albeit at a slow pace, from Russia’s pull. This process has been accelerated following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, the Kremlin can still count on an array of friendly politicians, spies, and a disinformation and propaganda network to further its interests in Sofia.

Svetoslav Todorov
11 Jul 2022
Bulgaria circles back to a political turmoil

Bulgaria circles back to a political turmoil

Six months in, the reformist cabinet of PM Kiril Petkov was taken down by the growing opposition which initiated the first ever successful no-confidence motion in Bulgaria’s history.

Svetoslav Todorov
24 Jun 2022
Why lifting the veto on North Macedonia’s EU accession might come costly for Bulgaria

Why lifting the veto on North Macedonia’s EU accession might come costly for Bulgaria

The ruling coalition in Bulgaria has promised to improve the country’s relationship with North Macedonia ever since stepping in power. This has proved to be more difficult than expected as the topic is used to rally nationalist voters.

Svetoslav Todorov
28 May 2022
Bulgaria: Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, the driving force behind the country’s slow motion divorce from Russia

Bulgaria: Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, the driving force behind the country’s slow motion divorce from Russia

PM Kiril Petkov faces numerous challenges in his desire to send military aid to Ukraine including severing his relationship with the man who introduced him into politics, President Radev. On top of that, Russia cut Bulgaria’s gas supply, adding to the challenges faced by the government.

Svetoslav Todorov
29 Apr 2022
The war in Ukraine is pushing Bulgaria away from Russia but the move is threatening the ruling coalition in Sofia

The war in Ukraine is pushing Bulgaria away from Russia but the move is threatening the ruling coalition in Sofia

The invasion is having long-term effects on the relationship between Bulgaria and Russia. Pro-Ukraine demonstrations and numerous volunteer initiatives for the Ukrainian refugees have spread all over the country, and patience for the controversial Russian ambassador to Sofia is running out, as the government mulls plans to finally diversify its gas resources..

Svetoslav Todorov
31 Mar 2022
Bulgaria’s muted response to the Ukraine crisis shows a myriad of unsolved issues

Bulgaria’s muted response to the Ukraine crisis shows a myriad of unsolved issues

The tension between Russia and NATO put forward the question on how Bulgaria’s army can be reformed after decades of neglect and whether the country is the alliance’s “weak link”. PM Kiril Petkov looks like he’s on a solitary mission to prove this is not the case.

Svetoslav Todorov
25 Feb 2022
Get to know your neighbours: Bulgaria’s foreign policy remains hesitant

Get to know your neighbours: Bulgaria’s foreign policy remains hesitant

Untangling GERB and Boyko Borissov’s legacy might take a while: the new cabinet is keeping North Macedonia blocked from EU ascension talks, uncertainties surround a new gas link in Greece while the current Defense Minister downplayed the need of increased NATO presence in Bulgaria and Romania.

Svetoslav Todorov
19 Jan 2022
After a year of instability, Bulgaria heralds reforms. Is this the 1989 moment of the new generation?

After a year of instability, Bulgaria heralds reforms. Is this the 1989 moment of the new generation?

With a new coalition, promising hefty reforms and ending an almost year-long stalemate, Bulgaria seems to be heading towards a change. It is the promise of a new beginning, after a decade marked by GERB domination and suspicions of corruption. For the younger generation, it may as well be a new 1989 moment.

Svetoslav Todorov
15 Dec 2021
Bulgaria’s game changing double elections: a closer look

Bulgaria’s game changing double elections: a closer look

Bulgaria goes deeper into unpredictable territory following the November 14 joint elections. The general elections saw a new reformist party debuting on top against all odds, while in the Presidential run, Rumen Radev is set to be re-elected after mustering nearly 50 per cent of the vote in the first round.

Svetoslav Todorov
16 Nov 2021
Bulgaria and the Pandora Case: nothing shocking in a country accustomed to corruption

Bulgaria and the Pandora Case: nothing shocking in a country accustomed to corruption

The Pandora Papers did not cause a major surprise in Bulgaria, a country accustomed to corruption scandals. It remains to be seen what will their impact be. For now, one of those exposed in the leaks, controversial oligarch Delyan Peevski, instead of hiding returned from Dubai to Bulgaria and announced his come back to the political scene.

Svetoslav Todorov
19 Oct 2021
Why Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is here to stay

Why Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is here to stay

Two months before the Presidential elections, Radev is the only candidate, and with an approval rating soaring above 65%, he stands a good chance of being re-elected. Supported by parties opposing the local politics status-quo, Radev is trying to build a stronger persona and a long-term presence on the political scene

Svetoslav Todorov
21 Sep 2021
Third time’s a charm: Uncertain Bulgaria braves for a new round of elections

Third time’s a charm: Uncertain Bulgaria braves for a new round of elections

The desire to overthrow GERB and Boyko Borissov wasn’t enough: There is Such a Nation, the new party that won Bulgaria’s latest elections, made another U-turn on Tuesday by revoking its ministerial nominations amid rising controversies.

Svetoslav Todorov
11 Aug 2021
Bulgaria’s 11 july elections: the end of Borissov

Bulgaria’s 11 july elections: the end of Borissov

This Sunday Bulgaria is going through a new round of parliamentary elections, following the inconclusive ones from April which saw ruling party GERB lose votes and a Parliament dominated by opposition. The elections were called after no common ground was found between any of the parties in search of a coalition. The coming Parliament looks set to be as fragmented as the one that brought early elections. What will happen next is, thus, anyone’s guess. One thing seems sure though: long-serving former prime-minister Boyko Borissov will not return to power.

Svetoslav Todorov
08 Jul 2021
Bulgaria’s Pandora box: US sanctions, revisions and uncovered bank scheming

Bulgaria’s Pandora box: US sanctions, revisions and uncovered bank scheming

Sanctions and blacklisting by the US, a wave of resignations, revisions over the spending of the GERB cabinet in the last decade and mismanagement of financial aids: all of these are making headlines in the Bulgarian media as the country prepares for early elections on July 11 - a result of the inconclusive ones from the spring and the inability of any party to form a coalition.

Svetoslav Todorov
09 Jun 2021
Bulgaria’s July elections: the good, the bad and the uncertain

Bulgaria’s July elections: the good, the bad and the uncertain

Bulgaria braces for new parliamentary elections on July 11 which fuels the unpredictability in the country’s political life and raises several questions - will GERB return stronger or weaker, will popular singer and talk show host Slavi Trifonov continue his political rise after being a runner-up in the April elections, will the far-right see a resurgence after surprisingly low results? While politicians are trying to find some common ground, Bulgaria’s slow vaccination rollout, the still present COVID-19 pandemic, EU’s Green Deal and the previous government’s spending all remain unaddressed.

Svetoslav Todorov
15 May 2021
In Bulgaria, a Pyrrhic victory for Boyko Borisov  and GERB

In Bulgaria, a Pyrrhic victory for Boyko Borisov and GERB

PM Boyko Borisov’s long-ruling and controversial party is winning the vote but at the same time is lacking a majority and there’s no obvious partner to form a coalition.

Svetoslav Todorov
05 Apr 2021
How Russia’s spy ring only made Bulgaria go in circles

How Russia’s spy ring only made Bulgaria go in circles

The highly publicised discovery of a Russian spy network in Sofia signalled a meddling in Bulgaria’s politics but also left a bitter taste - was it all government PR right before the general elections?

Svetoslav Todorov
30 Mar 2021
Bulgaria and the vaccination rollout: a tale of chaos, panic and disinformation

Bulgaria and the vaccination rollout: a tale of chaos, panic and disinformation

The government has failed to handle the COVID-19 pandemic on several levels and it seems like no lessons have been learned during the last year. All of this, right before the country votes for a new parliament.

Svetoslav Todorov
18 Mar 2021
How eco issues are exposing Bulgaria’s freefall

How eco issues are exposing Bulgaria’s freefall

Bulgaria’s ecological problems are piling up just as EU funds aimed at addressing them continue to flow in. It’s a deepening crisis that could be interpreted as a “litmus test” on how the current political elite is (not) taking the seriousness of the country’s situation.

Svetoslav Todorov
18 Feb 2021
Antivax.bg: How vaccine hesitancy gained confidence in Bulgaria

Antivax.bg: How vaccine hesitancy gained confidence in Bulgaria

After several strong fake news waves in recent years, antivax sentiments are gaining momentum and cause fears even in the non-conspirative thinkers.

Svetoslav Todorov
25 Jan 2021
From Sofia With Love: Bulgaria-Russia relations are challenged after espionage claims

From Sofia With Love: Bulgaria-Russia relations are challenged after espionage claims

Once Moscow’s most reliable satellite in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria expelled six Russian diplomats for spying since October 2019. Is Sofia trying to step out of Moscow’s shadow, or merely creating a smoke screen for affairs on a different level?

Svetoslav Todorov
10 Jan 2021
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