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Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Pro-Kremlin propaganda has been flooding the country for years, fracturing the social fabric and offering a fruitful environment for the spread of disinformation


The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 1: How it works and who is behind it

The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 1: How it works and who is behind it

In this two-part series, KInsights explores how Putin’s war in Ukraine exposed that Bulgarian politics remains hostage to a powerful pro-Kremlin network holding key positions in the state


Black Sea gas rush

Black Sea gas rush

Turkey and Romania are hoping for big production, while Bulgaria is still awaiting its golden chance


What a waste

What a waste

A large-scale Bulgarian business with international reach comes under unexpected attack from the prosecution


The loophole of in-house procurement

The loophole of in-house procurement

The in-house procurement procedures – the awarding of public contracts without tenders, has become a favorite way to allocate money in a non-transparent manner


Organized crime in Bulgaria: Five popular beliefs re-examined

Organized crime in Bulgaria: Five popular beliefs re-examined

Bulgaria, unfortunately, has built an image of a country deeply affected by organized crime


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


Instead of a thousand words

Instead of a thousand words


Don’t investigate this

Don’t investigate this

Bulgarian authorities ignore embezzlement of EU funds


Bulgaria's feckless fight against graft

Bulgaria's feckless fight against graft

Lack of public support, insufficient institutional capacity and political power plays prevent meaningful anti-corruption policy


To what extent is Bulgaria really corrupt?

To what extent is Bulgaria really corrupt?

Graft is chronic; the good news is that business-related corruption is on the decline


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


Crime in Bulgaria: fears and realities

Crime in Bulgaria: fears and realities

Despite the recent wave of violent crime, the country is not the hellhole described by the media.


Decarbonisation: The way forward for Bulgaria's energy system

Decarbonisation: The way forward for Bulgaria's energy system

Keeping current policies in place will increase the stranded costs and make transition even more expensive in the long run