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
K insights 20/08: Inflation quickens; COVID cases rise
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
Despite the pandemic, Bulgaria went on a military spending spree in 2020 – and pledges to continue
Balanced fiscal policy takes a sharp turn towards rapid spending in the hope of election win next year
The government has opened its wallet, throwing money at COVID-19 in an attempt to cling to power and stave off protests
How long will the Prime Minister Boyko Borissov dodge resigning after three months of protests and what comes next?
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 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
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
Now that most asylum seekers have left Bulgaria, far right parties are turning to their favorite scapegoat – the stigmatized Roma minority
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