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The Week: Plovdiv wins clean air battle, no cabinet in sight and an Olympic gold

The Week: Plovdiv wins clean air battle, no cabinet in sight and an Olympic gold

Can you clean Plovdiv in a year, why industry in Bulgaria shut down for a week and who jumped into the deep end of politics


How close is Bulgaria to having a (functional) government?

How close is Bulgaria to having a (functional) government?

After bashing the status quo factions for months, Slavi Trifonov fell out with the other "protest" parties and depends on BSP and GERB to form a government



As new Parliament convenes, governing coalition remains a mirage

As new Parliament convenes, governing coalition remains a mirage

Political deadlock continues as Slavi Trifonov’s party still insists on single-handedly nominating the next cabinet


Elections come round again: GERB's opponents have the momentum

Elections come round again: GERB's opponents have the momentum

This summer’s elections come amidst a flurry of domestic revelations and international sanctions, but will likely reproduce the spring’s fractured parliament - the big question is if the scales may tip further towards change



New elections loom

New elections loom

After "There is such a people" returned the mandate to form a cabinet on Wednesday, a fresh poll in July seems imminent




How to spend secretly 100 million euro in Sofia; a breath of fresh air in the Parliament; exports are back on track

How to spend secretly 100 million euro in Sofia; a breath of fresh air in the Parliament; exports are back on track

KInsights 17/04: A Russian billionaire in Sofia, a feisty old lady in the Parliament and the 6 billion euro everyone is talking about


The rise of the showman

The rise of the showman

Who is Slavi Trifonov, the new kingmaker in Bulgarian politics, and what does his rise portend?



Setting the scene for 2021: what to expect in the political field

Setting the scene for 2021: what to expect in the political field

Socialist opposition tries to sharpen its teeth, but the surge of smaller parties is promising a fractured parliament


Forgotten scandals

Forgotten scandals

An update to the list of transgressions of the powerful that remained buried in the news of protests and pandemics.


Seventeen moments of autumn

Seventeen moments of autumn

The recent spate of "spying scandals" involving Russian diplomats and the leader of Bulgaria’s National Russophile Movement Nickolay Malinov are more reminiscent of a bad Soviet-era joke rather than a real espionage drama


Racist at heart or racist on demand?

Racist at heart or racist on demand?

While international media reacted with surprise to the ugly hate gestures from a group of Bulgarian ultras during an October football game against England, it missed the key local context


A new old gatekeeper of status quo

A new old gatekeeper of status quo

Ivan Geshev, a self-described "boy from the city’s suburbs", will become Bulgaria’s next prosecutor general in January. His selection will have dramatic implications for the rule of law