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Daniel Smilov

About Daniel Smilov

Daniel Smilov is a comparative constitutional lawyer and political scientist specialising in political finance. He is an Associate Professor at the Political Science Department, University of Sofia and a Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University, Budapest. He is also Programme Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia. He has written extensively on the subjects of constitutionalism in transition and political financing and corruption, and is co-author of Political Finance and Corruption in Eastern Europe (Ashgate 2007). He holds PhD degrees from the University of Oxford and the Central European University, Budapest.

Bulgaria Needs a Reform-Oriented Government to Take Full Advantage of its EU Membership

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Bulgaria is still the poorest EU member state, although its GDP is now around 50 per cent of the Bloc’s average, while it was only 25 per cent back in 2000. The country has a rather dynamic and often turbulent political life, but its democracy is more pluralistic and less polarised than Hungary and Poland. In a rather competitive environment, one party – the centre-right GERB — and its leader Boyko Borissov have dominated the political scene over the last ten years. They emerged as the biggest party faction in the National Assembly after the latest parliamentary elections in March. On May 4, the third Borissov government was sworn in. Continue reading Bulgaria Needs a Reform-Oriented Government to Take Full Advantage of its EU Membership