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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


18 steps to government: What did the parties decide after a week of negotiations?

18 steps to government: What did the parties decide after a week of negotiations?

Cabinet talks led by election winner We Continue the Change run smoother than the previous two attempts, but difficult steps still have to be taken



Bulgaria Explained: Why are there so many car accidents in northwestern Bulgaria?

Bulgaria Explained: Why are there so many car accidents in northwestern Bulgaria?

Еvery Tuesday we look at the Eurostat regional yearbook statistics and explain some curious data on Bulgaria


What the caretaker gov’t did - and where it faltered

What the caretaker gov’t did - and where it faltered

Stefan Yanev’s first cabinet exposed many of the previous administration’s flawed practices but failed to fix many of them


The week: The cynicism of demographic mourners, final week of parliamentary dramas and GDP records

The week: The cynicism of demographic mourners, final week of parliamentary dramas and GDP records

Politicians play deaf and blind on stagnant vaccinations, but mourn demographic collapse, pensions, GDP go up - and so could concession fees


The Black Wednesday: Taking its Toll

The Black Wednesday: Taking its Toll

The first of a series of publications about the corruption that has plagued Bulgaria. How the state allowed gaps in the Road Toll system that cost taxpayers millions


TurkStream’s hidden costs: lost lives and damage to the environment

TurkStream’s hidden costs: lost lives and damage to the environment

The Russian pipeline through Bulgaria received notable support from the state and was built with breathtaking speed - with a cost


Covid-19: Stumbling back into crisis

Covid-19: Stumbling back into crisis

The government’s decision to reopen schools and restaurants too soon may cause an avoidable repetition of the November-December pandemic disaster


Elections in Bulgaria - who is who

Elections in Bulgaria - who is who

These are the people and parties to watch at the upcoming 4 April Parliamentary vote


Elections and Covid-19: Borissov plays with fire

Elections and Covid-19: Borissov plays with fire

How could a third wave of the pandemic impact the 4 April parliamentary vote?



How Bulgaria let Covid-19 loose

How Bulgaria let Covid-19 loose

After an ineffective first lockdown, the government sleepwalked into the second pandemic wave - with deadly consequences


Corona-debt

Corona-debt

Bulgaria raised 2.5 billion euro through the sale of Eurobonds under favorable conditions in September. The question is what the GERB-led government coalition will do with the money


Machines and equipment: Pre-crisis growth

Machines and equipment: Pre-crisis growth

Capacity expansion boosted Bulgarian companies’ revenues last year but the slump in global automotive production will hit 2020 results


Bulgaria in toll hell

Bulgaria in toll hell

Burdened by a lack of foresight and competence, the government failed to live up to its promises when introducing a road toll system


Hemus: a highway project rife with corruption opportunities

Hemus: a highway project rife with corruption opportunities

The Road Infrastructure Agency recently demonstrated how the authorities flagrantly flout public procurement procedures and transparency


The big spending spree

The big spending spree

Government expenditures are set to reach record heights in next year’s budget but distribution of the money is expected to be as inefficient a process as ever.


Right-wing parties’ half-life

Right-wing parties’ half-life

The progressive, anti-corruption parties have not learned their lesson from the elections


The bumpy road to a toll system

The bumpy road to a toll system

The procurement procedure for a road toll system has been going on for ten months and there is no sign that it will be finalized soon