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Single-bid tenders: how Bulgarian municipalities distribute money

Single-bid tenders: how Bulgarian municipalities distribute money

58% of local government tenders and almost 65% of the money, or nearly half a billion levs, are distributed through controversial auctions



The week: Bulgaria’s economy is (surprise, surprise) doing very well, the real estate market - not so much, and some dolphins get religious

The week: Bulgaria’s economy is (surprise, surprise) doing very well, the real estate market - not so much, and some dolphins get religious

Don’t do stupid shit and things are going to get better


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


Houston, we have a (coalition and inflation) problem - but also a Resilience plan, at last

Houston, we have a (coalition and inflation) problem - but also a Resilience plan, at last

Ceaseless troubles for the ruling majority; more, yet pricier F-16s on the way & downgraded GDP forecast



100 Days in Power: Where is the coalition heading to?

100 Days in Power: Where is the coalition heading to?

Three months into its mandate, the ruling coalition is splintered and facing a myriad of crises and inter-institutional wars


Borissov’s arrest: What we know so far

Borissov’s arrest: What we know so far

The Internal Ministry’s surprise operation against the former PM and high level GERB cadres came just a few hours after the head of the EU Prosecution visited Sofia


The week: Borissov arrested, Central Bank chairmanship tears the coalition, Resilience Plan still not ok

The week: Borissov arrested, Central Bank chairmanship tears the coalition, Resilience Plan still not ok

Former PM Borissov arrested, Guerilla war over BNB shakes the coalition and the Plan is still NOT alright



A house in Barcelona returns to haunt Boyko Borissov

A house in Barcelona returns to haunt Boyko Borissov

For two years, the State Prosecution kept silent about the Spanish money laundering investigation linked to the former Prime Minister with the excuse that the Catalan police had not sent any intel to Bulgaria. Now two reports have suddenly emerged


The week: The end of golden passports, a new beginning for trains, and the best place in Europe for romance and wine

The week: The end of golden passports, a new beginning for trains, and the best place in Europe for romance and wine

We’re not selling citizenship anymore, we’re buying: trains, batteries and a house in Barcelona?


The week: It's all going well if you are a bank, but not if you're a mayor, and a small village has a big waste problem

The week: It's all going well if you are a bank, but not if you're a mayor, and a small village has a big waste problem

The honeymoon ends fast for the new government, economic optimism rises


Getting rid of Geshev, Tsatsarov and the specialized courts: What’s up with the judicial reform

Getting rid of Geshev, Tsatsarov and the specialized courts: What’s up with the judicial reform

The new authorities appear committed to oust the acting Prosecutor General, repair the anti-corruption organs and eliminate specialized magistracy


The Recovery and Resilience Plan - where does Bulgaria currently stand?

The Recovery and Resilience Plan - where does Bulgaria currently stand?

6 billion euro are awaiting for Sofia to finalize the deal with Brussels


The abandoned roads of Bulgaria

The abandoned roads of Bulgaria

The Struma tragedy is unique in scale, but follows years of negligence and poor oversight


The week: New cabinet gets 1 day’s tolerance; what to do with the Prosecutor-General; go ski!

The week: New cabinet gets 1 day’s tolerance; what to do with the Prosecutor-General; go ski!

K insights 17/12: How not to run a parliament, and why "Yes, Minister" is a must-see