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The week: GERB makes a comeback

The week: GERB makes a comeback

The return of Borissov, Saudis eye a telecom & TV channel and the Missing Cryptoqueen’s drug lord



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


If you can’t silence them, SLAPP them: a new wave of judicial attacks hits Bulgarian media

If you can’t silence them, SLAPP them: a new wave of judicial attacks hits Bulgarian media

Court cases targeting critical journalists and publications intensify


The Week: Russia’s silent move, Parliament in mayhem, Housing market booms

The Week: Russia’s silent move, Parliament in mayhem, Housing market booms

Old faces, new falls from grace and a BMW you can buy cheap


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



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


What is the Bulgarian mafia – and why does it matter?

What is the Bulgarian mafia – and why does it matter?

"Thugs – out" and "Mafia" have become the signature chants of this summer’s anti-governmental protests. There are deeply rooted reasons for this.


Bulgarian Development Bank’s New Leadership

Bulgarian Development Bank’s New Leadership

A dubious loan stirred public uproar in April, leading to the quick dismissal of the bank’s management but the new team seems unlikely to fix the systemic problems at the state-owned lender


The Oligarchs' Coffer

The Oligarchs' Coffer

The state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank has morphed from a small and medium-sized business aide to a lender of last resort for unstable and sometimes unsavory large companies


Having a fact-based opinion is now a felony in Bulgaria

Having a fact-based opinion is now a felony in Bulgaria

The criminal sentence handed to Capital Weekly investigative journalist Rossen Bossev could serve as a precedent to suppress future journalistic investigations


The strange new look of Bulgaria’s biggest business association

The strange new look of Bulgaria’s biggest business association

KRIB has become a quasi-state structure under the chairmanship of Kiril Domuschiev


FAST READS

FAST READS

Istanbul Convention, Nationalist split, ERM II postponed, Kelner bids for Telenor


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


New managing body for Bulgarian Development Bank

New managing body for Bulgarian Development Bank

The three new nominations are subjected to regulatory approval


The review of insurers and pension funds finds no significant problems

The review of insurers and pension funds finds no significant problems

The issue of related party investments is noted by the regulator but is not addressed head on


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