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Meet the cities: The northern island

Meet the cities: The northern island

In spite of its infrastructure woes and the lack of large new investments, Varna remains a point of interest and a city full of subdued energy. It’s time to release that energy and support it.


Unprecedented growth

Unprecedented growth

The Gepard ranking of the most dynamic small or mid-sized companies in Bulgaria in 2017 comprises more enterprises that at any time over the past four years


GP Group – a business very well connected

GP Group – a business very well connected

The story of the biggest construction company in Bulgaria is a showcase of local business practices


A dance with anti-liberalism

A dance with anti-liberalism

There are enough signals that Bulgaria is on the verge of joining the illiberal camp of Hungary and Poland in the EU, yet the government dare not take the final step


Players to watch: Fifty shades of Conservatives

Players to watch: Fifty shades of Conservatives

Anti-liberal nativism is the new black on the Bulgarian political scene and this could cause serious trouble after the upcoming elections.


Why can’t Brussels improve Bulgaria’s judicial system?

Why can’t Brussels improve Bulgaria’s judicial system?

The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism designed to improve the judiciary has had no chance of generating meaningful reform in Rоmania and Bulgaria


Transport: EU road transport market gets tougher to operate

Transport: EU road transport market gets tougher to operate

Western Europe’s protectionist measures are a major issue for long-haul cargo carriers


Expect no fair play here

Expect no fair play here

Bulgaria’s political establishment has demonstrated yet again that no business can be run in Bulgaria without their blessing


Pride and pragmatism

Pride and pragmatism

Turkey’s homemade crisis is unlikely to lead to a fatal rupture with the West


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.


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


When will Bulgaria catch up with the West?

When will Bulgaria catch up with the West?

Eastern European EU members are slowly but steadily converging with the richer European states


When not failing is a great success

When not failing is a great success

Bulgaria did not finish its presidency of the Council of EU with a new shiny image as many had hoped but it proved it can run the bloc’s day-to-day affairs


Fast reads

Fast reads

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


Bulgaria’s Northwest does not want to die

Bulgaria’s Northwest does not want to die

An allegedly secessionist call brings to surface the plight of the poorest region in the EU


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?


Russia’s Influence – What’s It All About?

Russia’s Influence – What’s It All About?

Moskow plays an oportunistic role on the Balkans, it is not agenda-setter


News Brief

News Brief