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Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

An unprecedented diplomatic row between Russia and Bulgaria as the latter plunged into a political crisis


The week: Bulgaria’s economy is (surprise, surprise) doing very well, the real estate market - not so much, and some dolphins get religious

The week: Bulgaria’s economy is (surprise, surprise) doing very well, the real estate market - not so much, and some dolphins get religious

Don’t do stupid shit and things are going to get better



Illegal road repairs worth billions

Illegal road repairs worth billions

A cross-ministerial probe found that much of the money paid for roadworks and maintenance has been illegally allocated


The new Bulgarian radical party - how worried should we be about Vazrazhdane

The new Bulgarian radical party - how worried should we be about Vazrazhdane

The leader Kostadin Kostadinov uses very well the social media and jumps on the populist anti-establishment bandwagons but cannot propose a viable agenda for governing


The week: A new coalition was born, the billions for the road cartel were halted, what the hell has gone wrong with the Bulgarian army

The week: A new coalition was born, the billions for the road cartel were halted, what the hell has gone wrong with the Bulgarian army

"We will bring you down", we have 2.5 billion reasons to do so + an MP not afraid of going back to her village


How Renew Europe’s enticement of WCC got MRF nervous

How Renew Europe’s enticement of WCC got MRF nervous

The movement feels threatened from the combined prospects of the new party challenging its place in the European liberal family and new sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act


Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Pro-Kremlin propaganda has been flooding the country for years, fracturing the social fabric and offering a fruitful environment for the spread of disinformation


Pro-Russian parties exploit the fears of the disillusioned

Pro-Russian parties exploit the fears of the disillusioned

Former Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, leftist spearhead Maya Manolova and former TISP cadres are jumping on the "anti-war" bandwagon of Vazrazhdane and BSP with new political factions


The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

In the second article of a two-part series, KInsights explores how Putin’s war in Ukraine exposed that Bulgarian politics remains hostage to a powerful pro-Kremlin network holding key positions in the state



Bulgarian cities’ plans for the next 7 years: between dreams and reality

Bulgarian cities’ plans for the next 7 years: between dreams and reality

Spending plans of Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Varna and Burgas are dominated by old ideas


Black Sea gets more expensive and more Russian

Black Sea gets more expensive and more Russian

The northern part of the Black Sea has practically lost its access to maritime transport as the Russian war on Ukraine has increased insurance costs


Tanks, refugees and unicorns - last week was one to remember

Tanks, refugees and unicorns - last week was one to remember

The Russian counterattack in the EU and Bulgaria is just starting. We have a unicorn startup, though


Five days into the Ukraine war, Bulgaria continues to send mixed messages

Five days into the Ukraine war, Bulgaria continues to send mixed messages

While PM Petkov promises humanitarian and military aid to Kyiv, Defense Minister Yanev and BSP remain opposed to any significant moves in support of Ukraine


A house in Barcelona returns to haunt Boyko Borissov

A house in Barcelona returns to haunt Boyko Borissov

For two years, the State Prosecution kept silent about the Spanish money laundering investigation linked to the former Prime Minister with the excuse that the Catalan police had not sent any intel to Bulgaria. Now two reports have suddenly emerged


After seven months, Bulgaria gets a regular cabinet

After seven months, Bulgaria gets a regular cabinet

Kiril Petkov will lead the coalition gov’t of four parties, promising judicial reform, zero corruption and untapping the country’s economic potential



A gift for 25 million levs, a new financial overlord and a very wealthy referee

A gift for 25 million levs, a new financial overlord and a very wealthy referee

For-sale municipalities, a coalition is born, growth turns out to be 4%