December 17, 2013

Bulgaria Is on the Verge of Collapse

Victor Kotsev, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Not only have Bulgaria's politicians failed to provide a coherent vision for ending the chaos, but they have at times intentionally stirred it. Paid provocateurs and others hired by opposing parties are frequently present at the demonstrations, says Philip Gounev, a senior crime and corruption analyst at the Sofia-based Center for the Study of Democracy and a former deputy minister of the interior in the interim government that ruled between March and May. In June, an undercover investigative reporter for the Bulgarian National Television was hired by an alleged organizer for Ataka to protest for the equivalent of $20 a day.

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