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Revising the budget: everyone gets what they want

Revising the budget: everyone gets what they want

The first revision of this year’s budget has become a money grab amidst economic and political uncertainty


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


The week: Call them by their names, planes to Skopje and Bangkok, and the Recovery plan is back

The week: Call them by their names, planes to Skopje and Bangkok, and the Recovery plan is back

F-16 are not on the horizon, while trains are


Construction sector in 2020: The state paves the way for revenue growth

Construction sector in 2020: The state paves the way for revenue growth

The sharp increase in public funding for roads, railways, and gas infrastructure has boosted the revenue of the biggest construction companies in Bulgaria


Shaky business: Six risks Bulgaria faces over the coming months

Shaky business: Six risks Bulgaria faces over the coming months

Political instability aside, the country has to deal with a fourth Covid wave, inevitable refugee crisis, higher energy bills and more this autumn


The Week: Plovdiv wins clean air battle, no cabinet in sight and an Olympic gold

The Week: Plovdiv wins clean air battle, no cabinet in sight and an Olympic gold

Can you clean Plovdiv in a year, why industry in Bulgaria shut down for a week and who jumped into the deep end of politics


The week: Is Bulgaria the limp pig of EU regulation, coal is (still) here, minimum wage surpasses Montenegro

The week: Is Bulgaria the limp pig of EU regulation, coal is (still) here, minimum wage surpasses Montenegro

Also: New Parliament is up, as well as the new 12 bn. Leva Plan



Forgotten scandals

Forgotten scandals

An update to the list of transgressions of the powerful that remained buried in the news of protests and pandemics.


Bulgarian Stock Exchange: blue chips underperform broader market in H1

Bulgarian Stock Exchange: blue chips underperform broader market in H1

Investors find safe-haven in REITs


Electricity market gone crazy

Electricity market gone crazy

Market manipulations are killing Bulgaria’s competitive advantage in energy


The Oligarchs' Coffer

The Oligarchs' Coffer

The state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank has morphed from a small and medium-sized business aide to a lender of last resort for unstable and sometimes unsavory large companies


Good revenue growth, moderate profits

Good revenue growth, moderate profits

The TOP100 companies grew revenue by 9% in 2018


What should Bulgaria expect from the euro?

What should Bulgaria expect from the euro?

It is now clear that euro zone membership has improved the economic performance of new member states


Bulgarian parties gear up for election year

Bulgarian parties gear up for election year

The European Parliament elections this spring will be a grand rehearsal for the local elections in the autumn – and possibly a snap vote


Bulgaria’s economy loses steam

Bulgaria’s economy loses steam

Gross domestic product growth slowed down to 3.0% year-on-year in the third quarter due to weakening exports and investment


Democracy: the only game in town

Democracy: the only game in town

There is a sharp drop in the number of Bulgarians who consider democracy to be a bad form of government


Why Are Western Investors Leaving Bulgaria?

Why Are Western Investors Leaving Bulgaria?

Big and established international companies are selling their Bulgarian assets to East European or local buyers.