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Behind the prosecution’s smokescreen

Behind the prosecution’s smokescreen

The sudden flurry of conspicuous law enforcement activities is a two-pronged campaign


Sofia’s successful guerrilla warfare against Brussels

Sofia’s successful guerrilla warfare against Brussels

So, what made Bulgaria the European Commission's darling?


Accelerator for Bank Mergers

Accelerator for Bank Mergers

After the sector shrunk by four banks in the last five years, at least two more sales and a merger are expected before year-end.


Bulgaria's media-industrial complex

Bulgaria's media-industrial complex

Bulgarian politicians helped create Delyan Peevski’s media empire, but now fall prey to its unrestrained influence and his demands


Fast reads

Fast reads

The end of the Council of EU Presidency, the cabinet is already shaking, Desislava Ivancheva, the Bulgarian judiciary


Who bought Municipal Bank?

Who bought Municipal Bank?

The broad political support for the deal coupled with doubts about the identity of the real buyer raises fears that Municipal Bank may suffer the fate of collapsed Corpbank


The Rapid Demise of Bulgartabac

The Rapid Demise of Bulgartabac

Bulgartabac as a case-study in the effects of Bulgaria's politically entangled privatization process: How Delyan Peevski managed to transform the one-time tobacco giant into a midget despite massive state support.


Bulgaria runs into the eurozone's wall

Bulgaria runs into the eurozone's wall

The European Central Bank seems unenthusiastic about Sofia's intention to apply for admission into the eurozone's training grounds


The Airman, the Fireman and the Businessman

The Airman, the Fireman and the Businessman

In a verbal spat between General Rumen Radev, a former fighter pilot, and General Boyko Borissov, a former fireman, the rarely mentioned name of business mogul Delyan Peevski emerged but that may not amount to much


Two banks vying for Victoria

Two banks vying for Victoria


The Oligarchs’ Development Bank

The Oligarchs’ Development Bank

The government is pressing ahead with turning Bulgarian Development Bank into a new milker for businesses politically well-connected


Three risks to a smooth presidency

Three risks to a smooth presidency

Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the EU is likely to run well but corruption, ultra-nationalists and language used by PM Boyko Borissov could spoil it all.


A state under siege

A state under siege

Bulgaria remains a state captured by strong economic interests exerting systemic influence over key bodies in the administration and the judiciary


Raiding Dunarit

Raiding Dunarit

A war for the remnants of Corporate Commercial Bank’s heritage looms large behind a drive to nationalize Bulgaria’s fourth largest armaments company


Is Eurozone membership a worthy goal for Bulgaria?

Is Eurozone membership a worthy goal for Bulgaria?

The answer is not so clear-cut, as it used to be few years ago


The Anchor of Bulgarian Economy

The Anchor of Bulgarian Economy

The currency board, probably the only unquestionable institution in Bulgaria, is viewed as a facilitator for accession to the Eurozone


Bulgaria is Knocking on the Euro’s Door

Bulgaria is Knocking on the Euro’s Door

Sofia is trying to use the current political climate in the EU to move closer to the Eurozone