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The Coalition duel for the National Bank

The Coalition duel for the National Bank

In an attempt to thwart the election of TISP’s Lyubomir Karimanski for governor of BNB with the votes of the opposition, WCC nominated their parliamentary head Andrei Gyurov for the post


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


The Week: Dirty photos from a dirty past, A certificate you can’t travel with, Burgas port is for sale

The Week: Dirty photos from a dirty past, A certificate you can’t travel with, Burgas port is for sale

K Insights 12/11: elections are upon us, polluted air also


Bulgarian banks weather stormy year in 2020

Bulgarian banks weather stormy year in 2020

The financial sector got a reprieve for the coronavirus crisis but risks are yet to come in 2021


Bulgaria finally enters the euro’s waiting room

Bulgaria finally enters the euro’s waiting room

The country will continue implementing reforms in the judiciary and in the fight against organized crime and corruption, according to the ECB


Filling the gap

Filling the gap

First Investment Bank (Fibank) prepares to smooth out wrinkles on its balance sheet found by ECB


Bulgaria gliding on the waves of the economic cycle

Bulgaria gliding on the waves of the economic cycle

The local economy continues to move in sync with European trends, while opportunities for reforms slowly dwindle


A Glitch on Bulgaria’s Euro Path

A Glitch on Bulgaria’s Euro Path

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov unexpectedly "freezes" Bulgaria's advance into the euro area despite positive signals from Brussels


Fibank trying to pass ECB’s bar

Fibank trying to pass ECB’s bar

Accrued loan impairment added up to over 65 million levs following the ECB's comprehensive assessment


ECB’s test: who failed and who passed

ECB’s test: who failed and who passed

Four Bulgarian banks passed the European Central Bank’s comprehensive assessment, whereas Fibank and Investbank face capital shortfalls


Is Eurozone entry slipping away from Bulgaria?

Is Eurozone entry slipping away from Bulgaria?

Bulgaria may face fresh obstacles on its path towards the Eurozone and the Banking Union


The best banks of 2018

The best banks of 2018

UniCredit Bulbank returns to take the lead in K10, the annual ranking of the leading banks in Bulgaria by Capital newspaper, largely thanks to a dividend sweetener in its profit


Bulgaria’s c-bank urges greater caution in lending

Bulgaria’s c-bank urges greater caution in lending

For the first time, the regulator warns of potential risks for Bulgarian banks associated with the ECB's asset quality review


The Venezuelan Connection

The Venezuelan Connection

Bulgaria’s national security agency has launched a probe into potential laundering of money from Venezuela via local private lender Investbank


Bulgaria’s euro bid moves a step closer

Bulgaria’s euro bid moves a step closer

The positive outcome of ECB’s asset quality review of Bulgarian banks will be the real entry ticket


New stress tests for Bulgarian banks

New stress tests for Bulgarian banks

The European Central Bank will be conducting an assessment of six lenders starting in November


Fast Reads

Fast Reads


Bulgaria’s rocky path to the euro

Bulgaria’s rocky path to the euro

Sofia received a formal promise to join the euro, but it will need to follow a longer procedure in comparison with earlier applicants


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