Is Eurozone entry slipping away from Bulgaria?
Bulgaria may face fresh obstacles on its path towards the Eurozone and the Banking Union
A Martyr of (Anti)corruption
Desislava Ivancheva, the ex-mayor of Sofia’s Mladost district, received the heaviest graft sentence in recent Bulgarian history but the authorities’ handling of the case stirred public outrage and sympathy for her.
Players to watch: Borissov’s demoted lieutenant
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the senior lieutenant of GERB leader Boyko Borissov and parliamentary whip, fell from grace in less than three months because of Apartmentgate
GPGate – a matrix for winning public tenders
A network of connected companies and individuals compiles, evaluates, and implements EU-funded projects
GP Group – a business very well connected
The story of the biggest construction company in Bulgaria is a showcase of local business practices
Sofia’s successful guerrilla warfare against Brussels
So, what made Bulgaria the European Commission's darling?
Borissov's thinning bench
GERB is unable to put forward new faces to substitute disgruntled ministers
To what extent is Bulgaria really corrupt?
Graft is chronic; the good news is that business-related corruption is on the decline
A mysterious investor takes over the largest energy business in Bulgaria
Sale of Bulgarian assets of Czech energy conglomerate CEZ to little known Bulgarian company Inercom raises eyebrows and stirs political tensions
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.
How Organized Crime Entered Bulgarian Politics
Vote buying in Bulgaria is a sign of clientelism government
I love the motherland but I hate the state
Bulgarians have a long tradition of mistrusting authority and seeing it as an outside influence, regardless if it is the Ottomans, the Tsar, the Communists or the current democratic regime
Reform of the Judiciary? Only if the Prosecutor General allows it
Investors in Bulgaria must be constantly on the lookout for whether their company might be stolen by means of documentary fraud, fake proceedings, or a competitor with good ties to the government
Crime in Bulgaria: fears and realities
Despite the recent wave of violent crime, the country is not the hellhole described by the media.
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.
What Bulgaria wants from its presidency of the Council of the EU
Sofia hopes to make a breakthrough on the country’s membership in the Schengen area and Eurozone. It also hopes to change its image as an underachiever.