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Ten years later: From bust to boom

Ten years later: From bust to boom

Ten years ago, business collapsed as a result of the global financial crisis; survivors now enter into a new hard season By Tedy Vasileva


Machines and equipment: Pre-crisis growth

Machines and equipment: Pre-crisis growth

Capacity expansion boosted Bulgarian companies’ revenues last year but the slump in global automotive production will hit 2020 results


Kapital Quarterly Corruption Watch

Kapital Quarterly Corruption Watch

The quarterly index of bad practices


What’s in it for Bulgaria in the EU’s Green Deal?

What’s in it for Bulgaria in the EU’s Green Deal?

Bulgaria’s government is underwhelmed by the European Commission’s attempts to further increase EU climate change mitigation goals


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


Farewell to wires

Farewell to wires

With labor costs rising, wire harness manufacturers are moving to cheaper destinations


Jock Palfreeman’s long fight for justice

Jock Palfreeman’s long fight for justice

The story of a young Australian who had to go through the failings of the Bulgarian justice system


Witch hunter General

Witch hunter General

The selection of Ivan Geshev as the next Prosecutor General will likely go unopposed, triggering seven more wasted years on the anti-corruption front and even more blatant institutional abuse of power.


The Venezuelan Connection

The Venezuelan Connection

Bulgaria’s national security agency has launched a probe into potential laundering of money from Venezuela via local private lender Investbank


Brexit: What if there is no deal?

Brexit: What if there is no deal?

Although highly unlikely, the risk of UK’s departure from the EU without a formal agreement is still looming


Novichok shock

Novichok shock

Did Moscow test lethal substance in Sofia before Salisbury?


Demand for business properties drops

Demand for business properties drops

The lack of high quality projects and rising prices cited as the principal reasons


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.


Au Revoir, SocGen

Au Revoir, SocGen

The Eastern European market turned too tight for Société Générale


You’ll be sold if you are small or deficient

You’ll be sold if you are small or deficient

Narrowing margins, a result of negative interest rates and stringent regulations, make smaller banks less and less profitable


Why Are Western Investors Leaving Bulgaria?

Why Are Western Investors Leaving Bulgaria?

Big and established international companies are selling their Bulgarian assets to East European or local buyers.


Prosecutors dig into Bulgarian-operated OneCoin scheme

Prosecutors dig into Bulgarian-operated OneCoin scheme

OneCoin offices were searched at the request of German investigators on suspicion of involvement in a pyramid fraud scheme and money laundering


Russia’s Economic Grip on the Western Balkans

Russia’s Economic Grip on the Western Balkans

The Kremlin uses its influence in the region to try to divert it from Euro-Atlantic integration


Five Years After

Five Years After

Bulgaria’s will to protest might seem exhausted in the years following the summer of 2013, but dissatisfaction with the country’s politics still simmers