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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


The week: The Belarus summer of Bulgaria, a minister’s Canadian link and a coming new lockdown

The week: The Belarus summer of Bulgaria, a minister’s Canadian link and a coming new lockdown

K insights 20/08: Inflation quickens; COVID cases rise


Elections come round again: GERB's opponents have the momentum

Elections come round again: GERB's opponents have the momentum

This summer’s elections come amidst a flurry of domestic revelations and international sanctions, but will likely reproduce the spring’s fractured parliament - the big question is if the scales may tip further towards change





The Great Patriotic Rearmament

The Great Patriotic Rearmament

Despite the pandemic, Bulgaria went on a military spending spree in 2020 – and pledges to continue


Bulgaria's budget in crisis

Bulgaria's budget in crisis

Balanced fiscal policy takes a sharp turn towards rapid spending in the hope of election win next year


Borissov and the bottomless budget

Borissov and the bottomless budget

The government has opened its wallet, throwing money at COVID-19 in an attempt to cling to power and stave off protests


Postponing the Fall

Postponing the Fall

How long will the Prime Minister Boyko Borissov dodge resigning after three months of protests and what comes next?


Bulgaria - Turkey: The Perils of Engagement

Bulgaria - Turkey: The Perils of Engagement

Bulgaria appears to be doing Ankara’s bidding


Fast Reads

Fast Reads


Geshev Unchained

Geshev Unchained

The new Bulgarian Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev moved into first gear from the outset, picking fights with oligarchs, rural criminals and even the president himself. Is he aiming at something bigger than just crime busting?


The words you need to know this month

The words you need to know this month


Sick leave in Bulgaria: Everybody lies

Sick leave in Bulgaria: Everybody lies

The budgetary cost of paying out sick leave is rising fast but the ruling GERB party tried to solve the problem boorishly and with no solid arguments


Boyko Borissov is stirred; but not yet shаken

Boyko Borissov is stirred; but not yet shаken

Expectations that the May 2019 European Parliament elections would trigger a dramatic crisis of confidence in Bulgaria’s ruling GERB party following the real estate scandal did not materialize


The words you need to know this month

The words you need to know this month


Back to basics: Nationalists vs Roma

Back to basics: Nationalists vs Roma

Now that most asylum seekers have left Bulgaria, far right parties are turning to their favorite scapegoat – the stigmatized Roma minority


Rumen Radev steps up his game

Rumen Radev steps up his game

The Bulgarian head of state has grown bolder as he enters the third year of his term but he is still some way from launching a new political project


Fast Reads

Fast Reads