Bucharest and Sofia aim to use EU presidencies to argue against core vs periphery proposals that could sideline eastern member states and to call for a greater focus on unity.
Facing down allegations of rampant corruption tearing apart at the seams of his country, Bulgarian President Ruman Radev is pressing for radical action from the top down and has drafted a new anti-corruption law he calls a "scalpel" for the gangrene.
The demagogues’ relationship got off to a rocky start before it finally seemed to take off in New York last week — but might the small matter of Turkey’s purchase of Moscow’s missile defence system soon sour the affinity?
Ankara's rigid position on the Kurdish referendum risks harming its own financial and security interests in the region, and could undermine relations with Russia.
If the Freedom Party enters government after the election, convergence with populists in the Visegrad Group may increase, but the big parties will prevent any major shift.