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How the government plans to keep power even if it loses office

How the government plans to keep power even if it loses office

Entrenchment in independent watchdogs and state companies could ensure GERB and MRF remain in power even if they lose the upcoming vote


There is a lot of misuse of EU money in Bulgaria. Brussels hardly notices

There is a lot of misuse of EU money in Bulgaria. Brussels hardly notices

The European Anti-Fraud office has threatened charges in connection with 6 mln.euro procurement in Sofia. This shows both the potential and the failings of OLAF.


A toy war

A toy war

How one toy retailer got mixed-up in anti-government protests and received an uninvited buy-out offer


Remember those scandals

Remember those scandals

Before the COVID-19 crisis took center stage a series of crisis seemed to be shaking the government. Now they are conveniently overlooked.


Borissov’s house of cards is shaking

Borissov’s house of cards is shaking

The Bulgarian prime minister is facing a public storm, leaking of secrets and a rampant prosecution service. This promises turbulence ahead for him and the country.


The gambling war

The gambling war

The attack on gambling tycoon Vasil Bozhkov is yet another example of how politics and business in Bulgaria are intertwined


Geshev Unchained

Geshev Unchained

The new Bulgarian Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev moved into first gear from the outset, picking fights with oligarchs, rural criminals and even the president himself. Is he aiming at something bigger than just crime busting?


Corruption Watch: When it walks like corruption, when it quacks like corruption...

Corruption Watch: When it walks like corruption, when it quacks like corruption...

Beneficiaries of unlawful forest swaps get minor punishment


The Oligarchs' Coffer

The Oligarchs' Coffer

The state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank has morphed from a small and medium-sized business aide to a lender of last resort for unstable and sometimes unsavory large companies


TV masters and puppets

TV masters and puppets

Bulgarian businessman Kiril Domuschiev is buying Nova TV in a purchase that will tighten the media grip of the ruling GERB party


When civic engagement works in Bulgaria

When civic engagement works in Bulgaria

Bulgarians are often said to be insufficiently engaged civically but some cases prove otherwise


Novichok shock

Novichok shock

Did Moscow test lethal substance in Sofia before Salisbury?


Russian-made, oligarchy-funded propaganda machine

Russian-made, oligarchy-funded propaganda machine

How has hybrid propaganda so easily penetrated Bulgaria’s social space and what does this mean for society and democracy within Bulgaria?


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.


Ten Bulgarians to know in Brussels

Ten Bulgarians to know in Brussels

Who are the people to call when trying to decipher the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU


A negative assessment of Bulgaria’s investment climate

A negative assessment of Bulgaria’s investment climate

The decision of Czech energy group CEZ to put up for sale its Bulgarian assets reveals the unfriendly side of Bulgaria’s investment environment.


The Phony Battle for BTC

The Phony Battle for BTC

VTB sells Bulgarian telecoms operator toVTB