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The week: Borissov’s EU accomplices, Energy woes and 2.25 billion euro in state bonds

The week: Borissov’s EU accomplices, Energy woes and 2.25 billion euro in state bonds

EPP’s selective vision of graft in Bulgaria, Deadly police corruption and some good business news


Where are the Ukrainian refugees heading to?

Where are the Ukrainian refugees heading to?

Bulgaria faces the uphill task of having to find accommodation for 60,000 refugees currently in seaside hotels whose owners want to kick off their summer holiday season. Integrating them in society and in the labor market are now pressing priorities


The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

In the second article of a 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


After seven months, Bulgaria gets a regular cabinet

After seven months, Bulgaria gets a regular cabinet

Kiril Petkov will lead the coalition gov’t of four parties, promising judicial reform, zero corruption and untapping the country’s economic potential


A gift for 25 million levs, a new financial overlord and a very wealthy referee

A gift for 25 million levs, a new financial overlord and a very wealthy referee

For-sale municipalities, a coalition is born, growth turns out to be 4%


The week: Yet another saviour on the horizon, Fourth Covid wave is here and some good news for the budget

The week: Yet another saviour on the horizon, Fourth Covid wave is here and some good news for the budget

To party or not to party, that is Kiril Petkov’s question, (some) Covid restrictions, after all, and even more expensive electricity


The lost decade of Bulgaria

The lost decade of Bulgaria

The governments of Boyko Borissov promised reform, but instead created an apparatus for extortion and clientelism


Journalists SLAPPed, threatened and pressured; cabinet purges "kalinki", while Left and Right gear up for elections

Journalists SLAPPed, threatened and pressured; cabinet purges "kalinki", while Left and Right gear up for elections

The troubles of being a journalist in Bulgaria, every final decision is penultimate and who are the ladybirds of the administration


The golden passports of Bulgaria; the new lockdown and the elections; how to get a year of free rent

The golden passports of Bulgaria; the new lockdown and the elections; how to get a year of free rent

K Insights 19/03: the dirty campaign begins and what is cyberethics


How Bulgaria feeds its road cartel

How Bulgaria feeds its road cartel

The government has poured upfront close to 4.6 billion levs (2.35 billion euro) of taxpayers' money into road construction - with no tenders and no transparency


Postponing the Fall

Postponing the Fall

How long will the Prime Minister Boyko Borissov dodge resigning after three months of protests and what comes next?


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.


Bulgaria strikes at AirBnB, Booking.com

Bulgaria strikes at AirBnB, Booking.com

After unsuccessfully trying to shut down the lodging sharing service, the GERB-led coalition government imposes a small fee on apartment owners


Is State Capitalism Marching On?

Is State Capitalism Marching On?

Within a brief period, Bulgaria’s government has aggressively injected billions of levs into key sectors, and has effectively started nationalizing businesses


Fast Reads

Fast Reads


Sick leave in Bulgaria: Everybody lies

Sick leave in Bulgaria: Everybody lies

The budgetary cost of paying out sick leave is rising fast but the ruling GERB party tried to solve the problem boorishly and with no solid arguments


Cracks under GERB’s feet

Cracks under GERB’s feet

While local election results seemed to prove that the ruling party has survived a series of scandals and debacles, signs are that control is slipping through Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s fingers


Editorial

Editorial


Bulgaria’s new position at the European Commission

Bulgaria’s new position at the European Commission

The portfolio of Mariya Gabriel comes with vast responsibilities and a considerable budget but no political weight.


The Battle for Sofia

The Battle for Sofia

After 14 years of undisputed GERB hegemony in Bulgaria’s capital city, Mayor Yordanka Fandakova finds a worthy opponent in ex-ombudsman Maya Manolova