The governments of Boyko Borissov promised reform, but instead created an apparatus for extortion and clientelism
A combination of market trends and murky political interference has turned the media environment toxic, with only islands of professionalism remaining
The European Commission decided that 13 years of tutoring without progress are enough
The selection of Ivan Geshev as the next Prosecutor General will likely go unopposed, triggering seven more wasted years on the anti-corruption front and even more blatant institutional abuse of power.
Most of their owners are semi-anonymous, print media lose ad revenue and sell their content to the highest bidder
The sudden flurry of conspicuous law enforcement activities is a two-pronged campaign
So, what made Bulgaria the European Commission's darling?
Bulgarian politicians helped create Delyan Peevski’s media empire, but now fall prey to its unrestrained influence and his demands
Why is Plamen Georgiev not likely to become "Mr. Clean"?
In a verbal spat between General Rumen Radev, a former fighter pilot, and General Boyko Borissov, a former fireman, the rarely mentioned name of business mogul Delyan Peevski emerged but that may not amount to much
The government is pressing ahead with turning Bulgarian Development Bank into a new milker for businesses politically well-connected
Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the EU is likely to run well but corruption, ultra-nationalists and language used by PM Boyko Borissov could spoil it all.
Bulgaria’s main ruling party may seem monolithic, but a series of scandals revealcracks in its foundations
The appointment of new chairpersons of the two of the main market watchdogs still doesn’t meet the standards for transparent and competent selection