Bulgaria has been deindustrialized by interest groups who extracted state assets like oil states extract the oil in their ground.
The post-Cold War order in Europe is finished, with Vladimir Putin its executioner. Russia's invasion of Georgia only marked its passing. Russia has emerged as a born-again 19th-century power determined to challenge the intellectual, moral and institutional foundations of the order.
For the Kremlin, it is more feasible to preserve its great-power status in cooperation with the United States than in confrontation.
In 2008, Putin's message was, 'We aren't like a Central Asian republic, we aren't going to build a personalistic regime, we will have institutions.' This is all abolished now. The very idea of a governing party and party career, as you have in China, that didn't work.
Mary Kay Ash