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Dr. Rumena Filipova Comments on NATO’s 75th Anniversary for the Atlantic Council

In a statement for the Atlantic Council and the NATO Public Forum 2024, IGA’s chairperson underscored CEE countries’ 20th anniversary of accession to the Alliance, which represented a crucial impetus for military modernization, democratization of security policy and the achievement of an unparalleled level of security that was always elusive in previous historical periods. Link …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova Interviewed by Libération on the Far Right after the Elections in Europe

French daily newspaper Libération reviews far-right parties in Europe and the emerging distinction between “more” and “less” acceptable representatives of that political spectrum. IGA’s chairperson commented on Bulgaria’s Revival pro-Russian and anti-Western positions as well as the appearance of political competitors in the nationalist field, which speaks to the fragmentation of the far right in …

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Radio Free Europe Interviews Dr. Rumena Filipova on the Rise of the Far Right in Bulgaria

The continued ascendancy of the far right in Bulgaria is discussed on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty with the commentary of IGA’s chairperson. In focus is how the far right capitalizes on the historically distorted pro-Russian sentiments in the country; the normalization of extremist discourse beyond social media and why young people are increasingly harboring anti-democratic …

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The Guardian Features IGA’s Research on Youth Attitudes

In an interview for the Guardian, Dr. Rumena Filipova commented on the growing trend among young people across CEE towards less democratic views and highlighted reform of the educational systems and political leadership as antidotes. The article reviews the declining voting enthusiasm among young people ahead of the EU elections, issues of educational shortfalls and …

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Kick-off Meeting in Bologna Marked the Beginning of RESPOND Project

The RESPOND project “Rescuing Democracy from Political Corruption in Digital Societies” was officially launched at a kick-off meeting in Bologna, Italy, 22-24 May 2024. The initiative is funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Commission and aims to combat corruption and undue influence undermining democracies. Starting in May 2024, this five-year project, coordinated …

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Danish Newspaper Weekendavisen Interviews Dr. Rumena Filipova on Youth Attitudes

Danish weekly newspaper Weekendavisen featured IGA’s research on youth attitudes discussing why young people are increasingly turning to the far-right across Europe and how extremist parties have harnessed social media, particularly TikTok, to reach out to youth. Further in focus is the sense of political and economic disillusionment on the part of younger generations as …

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Military TV Channel Interviews Dr. Rumena Filipova on Recent Bulgarian Public Opinion Trends

In an interview for the Military TV Channel, IGA’s founder commented on the positive changes in Bulgarian public opinion (according to the latest research conducted in partnership with GLOBSEC) in relation to attitudes to NATO, the US, media freedom. Further topics of analysis included the motivations of the Bulgarians to vote in the European Parliament …

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