of the people asked by Gallup International claim to have taken part in the demonstrations against the government (between DATE 1 and DATE 2). Since the express poll is representative, the percentage should mean around 300 000 people nationwide. 36% say they will take part in the near future, while just 8% say they would publicly defend the government. In the capital, Sofia around 10% of the population took part in the protests. 58% say the government must resign.
12 bln euro
is the amount Bulgaria is bound to receive from the emergency coronavirus recovery fund of the EU. This is roughly the same sum the country got in the last 7 years as financial support from the EU. Given the fact that the cohesion and structural funding for the period 2021-2027 will be kept intact, this means doubling of the European funding for Bulgaria in the next seven years. No wonder it is a big deal who is going to run the country.
people visited the website of Capital at the height of the pandemic - the week between 30 March and 5 April. That was nearly 50% up from a month earlier and this trend has been sustained. Journalists across Central and Eastern Europe noted a visible surge of public interest in their work. However, this thirst for new information has not translated into a rise in financial stability for the media providing it, according to a new report on post-corona media landscape by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The crisis has demonstrated that existing business models are vulnerable and funding mechanisms woefully inadequate. The advertising market has nearly collapsed, with serious repercussions for all media formats without wealthy benefactors. This potentially makes media outlets more dependent on state advertising contracts, therefore vulnerable to different forms of political pressure. Media funded by wealthy individuals appear in a better position to survive, though such ownership models can have negative consequences for editorial independence.