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A hidden fight "for" and "against" euro adoption dogs Bulgaria

A hidden fight "for" and "against" euro adoption dogs Bulgaria

Vazrazhdane turned a draft analysis about the impact of Eurozone entry by the National Bank into an attack on Bulgaria's renewed efforts to adopt the common currency from 2024


The housing market: the top is near

The housing market: the top is near

High demand and low supply drive prices up. War, weakening economies and rising mortgage rates may cool down the market


A new model: a company builds apartments for lease

A new model: a company builds apartments for lease

AG Capital plans to build 1,000 apartments for this purpose. Then the company will sell them to a fund in a package


Postbank: mortgage loans rise in value, number of applications stable

Postbank: mortgage loans rise in value, number of applications stable

The bank’s records show an average increase in property prices of 13% y/y in Q1 2022



Bulgaria’s anti-inflation measures: chaos and populism

Bulgaria’s anti-inflation measures: chaos and populism

The government will spend 2 billion levs on populist measures without targeting the most vulnerable groups in society


Bulgaria’s budget 2022: too generous and risky

Bulgaria’s budget 2022: too generous and risky

The finance ministry proposed a draft budget for 2022 with a deficit equivalent to 4.1% of planned GDP and significant debt growth


Five forecasts for Bulgaria’s housing market in 2022

Five forecasts for Bulgaria’s housing market in 2022

Most expectations are for more of the same, but rising interest rates and soaring prices of construction materials might cool down the sector


A step away from OECD membership

A step away from OECD membership

Bulgaria has a real chance to become one of six new members of the "club of mostly rich countries" soon


Inflation is here and it will stay

Inflation is here and it will stay

High prices of raw materials and energy for business have already hit consumers


Bulgarian economy: an EU-boosted recovery

Bulgarian economy: an EU-boosted recovery

GDP growth will accelerate to 4.9% in 2022 mainly on the back of funding from the EU’s recovery plan, according to the finance ministry’s October 2021 macroeconomic forecast


The week: The problem with online banking, new players enter the political arena and 6 billion euros await

The week: The problem with online banking, new players enter the political arena and 6 billion euros await

Dogan is nowhere to be found, trouble brews for Kristalina Georgieva


Bulgarians still prefer to invest in real estate

Bulgarians still prefer to invest in real estate

Low mortgage rates, steady economic growth, and rising personal incomes fuel a surge in demand for real estate, shows a report by Nielsen Admosphere


Covid-19 strips 500m levs off Bulgaria’s clothing industry

Covid-19 strips 500m levs off Bulgaria’s clothing industry

Textile and apparel exports shrank to 4 billion levs in the pandemic year


Bulgaria’s biggest fintech deals

Bulgaria’s biggest fintech deals

Fintech companies’ strong growth draws interest from investors and VC funds


What’s the problem with Bulgarian media?

What’s the problem with Bulgarian media?

A combination of market trends and murky political interference has turned the media environment toxic, with only islands of professionalism remaining


The curious case of Bulgarian consumption

The curious case of Bulgarian consumption

The central bank questioned the accuracy of the statistical office’s estimates of Bulgarian household spending in 2020


The ghost of bad loans in a COVID-hit economy

The ghost of bad loans in a COVID-hit economy

Over 4.65 billion euro worth of loans have received a deferral under Bulgaria's credit moratorium by the end of August


Six lessons from COVID 19

Six lessons from COVID 19

Bulgaria weathered the first part of the pandemic unexpectedly well but then started failing