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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




What’s the problem with Bulgarian media?

What’s the problem with Bulgarian media?

A combination of market trends and murky political interference has turned the media environment toxic, with only islands of professionalism remaining


Brussels abandons push for reforms in Bulgaria’s justice system

Brussels abandons push for reforms in Bulgaria’s justice system

The European Commission decided that 13 years of tutoring without progress are enough


Witch hunter General

Witch hunter General

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.


About Economedia

About Economedia


Who owns the newspapers in Bulgaria?

Who owns the newspapers in Bulgaria?

Most of their owners are semi-anonymous, print media lose ad revenue and sell their content to the highest bidder


Behind the prosecution’s smokescreen

Behind the prosecution’s smokescreen

The sudden flurry of conspicuous law enforcement activities is a two-pronged campaign


Sofia’s successful guerrilla warfare against Brussels

Sofia’s successful guerrilla warfare against Brussels

So, what made Bulgaria the European Commission's darling?


Bulgaria's media-industrial complex

Bulgaria's media-industrial complex

Bulgarian politicians helped create Delyan Peevski’s media empire, but now fall prey to its unrestrained influence and his demands


When the fight against corruption starts with corruption

When the fight against corruption starts with corruption

Why is Plamen Georgiev not likely to become "Mr. Clean"?


The Airman, the Fireman and the Businessman

The Airman, the Fireman and the Businessman

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 Oligarchs’ Development Bank

The Oligarchs’ Development Bank

The government is pressing ahead with turning Bulgarian Development Bank into a new milker for businesses politically well-connected


Three risks to a smooth presidency

Three risks to a smooth presidency

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.


What is rocking GERB’s boat?

What is rocking GERB’s boat?

Bulgaria’s main ruling party may seem monolithic, but a series of scandals revealcracks in its foundations


Game of Regulators

Game of Regulators

The appointment of new chairpersons of the two of the main market watchdogs still doesn’t meet the standards for transparent and competent selection