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The week: "Year Zero" for anti-corruption, new cabinet or new elections, the quick end of the Gemcorp memorandum

The week: "Year Zero" for anti-corruption, new cabinet or new elections, the quick end of the Gemcorp memorandum

Captured state fights back, gas storage slowly fills up and a skyscraper that is not



Beating plowshares back into swords

Beating plowshares back into swords

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might finally prompt the rearmament of Bulgaria’s military which has all but stalled in the past three decades


Strange protests and even stranger anti-inflation measures, plus the new owner of the Maritza Iztok - 3 coal power plant

Strange protests and even stranger anti-inflation measures, plus the new owner of the Maritza Iztok - 3 coal power plant

Protest for the sake of protesting, Italian soldiers are welcomed and a new owner for the second largest TPP in Bulgaria


Houston, we have a (coalition and inflation) problem - but also a Resilience plan, at last

Houston, we have a (coalition and inflation) problem - but also a Resilience plan, at last

Ceaseless troubles for the ruling majority; more, yet pricier F-16s on the way & downgraded GDP forecast


The second F-16 deal: late and more expensive

The second F-16 deal: late and more expensive

Despite political hopes that the second batch of 8 US-made fighters would be cheaper, the initial offer price stands at 1.7 billion USD - a third more than in 2019



F-16s delayed: What happened to the new fighters for the Bulgarian air force?

F-16s delayed: What happened to the new fighters for the Bulgarian air force?

Supply chain issues and logistical problems have stalled the production of the Lockheed Martin jets, postponing deliveries by up to two years



Eagle Down: the systemic flaws that led to the crash of a MiG-29

Eagle Down: the systemic flaws that led to the crash of a MiG-29

Inadequate resources, an ageing fighter fleet, criminally few flying hours for pilots and poor training - just some of the problems plaguing the Bulgarian Air Force


The Great Patriotic Rearmament

The Great Patriotic Rearmament

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


Fast Reads

Fast Reads


Economic growth slips

Economic growth slips

Bulgaria’s economic growth slows to six-year low of 2.4% in the first quarter of 2020. Timid signs of recovery can already be seen but it is still too early for optimism


Bulgarian Air Force finally gets on a westbound flight

Bulgarian Air Force finally gets on a westbound flight

The parliament ratified a deal to purchase eight new F-16 US made fighter jets


Fast Reads

Fast Reads


Bulgaria embarks on a massive rearmament program without clear priorities

Bulgaria embarks on a massive rearmament program without clear priorities

The process of selecting a new jetfighter for the Air Force has demonstrated the Ministry of Defense’s inability to manage complex projects


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


Commercial properties yields in Sofia remain the highest in the region

Commercial properties yields in Sofia remain the highest in the region

Expectations for 2018 are for a calm market


Why is Kellner buying Bulgaria’s Nova TV?

Why is Kellner buying Bulgaria’s Nova TV?

The richest Czech will combine media and telecoms businesses in Bulgaria and the region, which he may resell in the future