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What happened to Bulgaria’s largest builder?

What happened to Bulgaria’s largest builder?

Veliko Zhelev, the boss of infrastructure giant Hirdrostroy, was briefly arrested last week for harassing an employee. Is there more to this story than meets the eye?


Bulgaria: No Territorial transition plans, no EU billions for coal transition

Bulgaria: No Territorial transition plans, no EU billions for coal transition

The caretaker government’s decision to link territorial plans submission with Recovery Plan negotiation puts at risk 1.2 billion in funding for three regions transitioning away from coal






The week: The sheriff is in town, where does all the asphalt go, and Telus won’t tell on us anymore

The week: The sheriff is in town, where does all the asphalt go, and Telus won’t tell on us anymore

A thunder in the sky of dust



How did Bulgaria get so expensive?

How did Bulgaria get so expensive?

Record costs of essential foods have been driven by uncertainty in the supply chain, speculation, rising wages and inelastic demand



No Euro in 2024: Why did Bulgaria give up trying to join the eurozone next year?

No Euro in 2024: Why did Bulgaria give up trying to join the eurozone next year?

Parliament’s failure to adopt 4 key pieces of legislation, a purposeful abstention from the amendment of the Insurance code and high inflation will delay currency union entry


The week: The public shaming of Sofia continues, Record wage growth, A slap from across the Danube

The week: The public shaming of Sofia continues, Record wage growth, A slap from across the Danube

K Insights Weekly Newsletter 17/02


Prosecution launches an attack against a political party because of Gazprom deliveries

Prosecution launches an attack against a political party because of Gazprom deliveries

The indictments of ex-Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov and two of his associates for mismanagement of the gas crisis of April 2022 lie on shaky grounds


The new Magnitsky sanctions for Bulgaria: Who has been named and why

The new Magnitsky sanctions for Bulgaria: Who has been named and why

The US continues its anti-corruption pressure in tandem with the UK, by adding two former ministers, two former MPs and an energy official to the list


The week: A tragedy worth uniting for, Plovdiv mayor announces independence and the US ambassador leaves

The week: A tragedy worth uniting for, Plovdiv mayor announces independence and the US ambassador leaves

The better angels of our nature



The week: Bulgaria’s favorite decade, the euro-effort is shot in the leg, and banks are doing great

The week: Bulgaria’s favorite decade, the euro-effort is shot in the leg, and banks are doing great

The past still has power over us


Another parliament bites the dust. What did it accomplish?

Another parliament bites the dust. What did it accomplish?

The 48th National Assembly will be remembered for the laws it failed to pass rather than for any meaningful breakthroughs


Radev’s energy strategy for the next 30 years: 120 billion for dubious megaprojects

Radev’s energy strategy for the next 30 years: 120 billion for dubious megaprojects

The caretaker cabinet’s grand vision for Bulgarian energy is full of questionable choices