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How superstition proved stronger than vaccines in Bulgaria

How superstition proved stronger than vaccines in Bulgaria

Kapital Insights and Friedrich Naumann Foundation present the second installment of "The Chronicles of the Infodemic"


The week: The cynicism of demographic mourners, final week of parliamentary dramas and GDP records

The week: The cynicism of demographic mourners, final week of parliamentary dramas and GDP records

Politicians play deaf and blind on stagnant vaccinations, but mourn demographic collapse, pensions, GDP go up - and so could concession fees


The week: Yet another saviour on the horizon, Fourth Covid wave is here and some good news for the budget

The week: Yet another saviour on the horizon, Fourth Covid wave is here and some good news for the budget

To party or not to party, that is Kiril Petkov’s question, (some) Covid restrictions, after all, and even more expensive electricity


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: The Belarus summer of Bulgaria, a minister’s Canadian link and a coming new lockdown

The week: The Belarus summer of Bulgaria, a minister’s Canadian link and a coming new lockdown

K insights 20/08: Inflation quickens; COVID cases rise


The Week: Russia’s silent move, Parliament in mayhem, Housing market booms

The Week: Russia’s silent move, Parliament in mayhem, Housing market booms

Old faces, new falls from grace and a BMW you can buy cheap



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 Black Wednesday: Integrated Public Transport "Through The Looking Glass"

The Black Wednesday: Integrated Public Transport "Through The Looking Glass"

A 57-million euro project for better urban transport infrastructure that was due for completion in 2016, but still isn’t fully operational to this day



Bulgaria was the European gate for NSO Group’s spying software

Bulgaria was the European gate for NSO Group’s spying software

Through the local company Circles, the Israelis received an export permit for their product, which can be used to eavesdrop on human rights activists, journalists, dissidents, and politicians


Elections 2021, volume 2: Trifonov finally proposes a cabinet (and a Bulgarian-N.Macedonian Space Mission)

Elections 2021, volume 2: Trifonov finally proposes a cabinet (and a Bulgarian-N.Macedonian Space Mission)

With GERB and There is such a people running neck and neck, the showman nominates Simeon II acolyte Nickolay Vassilev for Prime Minister and spurns coalition


This week: Bulgaria finally sets foot on three seas, Elections are here (again) and how to lose 550 million on gambling

This week: Bulgaria finally sets foot on three seas, Elections are here (again) and how to lose 550 million on gambling

An e-car maker might land in Lovetch, you can fly to Varna


Elections 2021, volume 2: Is volume 3 on the menu after a dull campaign?

Elections 2021, volume 2: Is volume 3 on the menu after a dull campaign?

As opposition parties left campaigning to the caretaker government and GERB regrouped behind Borissov, the next parliament will likely suffer from the same fragmentation as before


Voltage runs high

Voltage runs high

The caretaker government sheds light on key problems in Bulgaria’s energy sector


The Week: Kicking the coal can down the road, the Blagoevgrad election test and getting closer to the Euro

The Week: Kicking the coal can down the road, the Blagoevgrad election test and getting closer to the Euro

Bulgaria says no to transition from coal, Peevski peeves MRF and Bulgarian high-tech startups on a roll


The Week: Troubles in the Black Sea, not a nice time to be a Bulgarian neighbor, Capital sells covers on an NFT auction

The Week: Troubles in the Black Sea, not a nice time to be a Bulgarian neighbor, Capital sells covers on an NFT auction

The Three seas in Sofia; No date for North Macedonia, welcome to the Rhodope mountain train


A month without Borissov: something is rotten in the state of Bulgaria

A month without Borissov: something is rotten in the state of Bulgaria

State bank funding oligarchs, state firms funnelling billions into cartels and secret services loyal to the party rather than the state - these are just part of GERB’s corrupt legacy


The week: Kings of corruption named, Fresh start looms, 5 companies got 400 million euro from the budget

The week: Kings of corruption named, Fresh start looms, 5 companies got 400 million euro from the budget

K insights 04/06: budget swings back to negative, Sin Cars get funding


A slap from across the ocean: US sanctions Delyan Peevski, Vasil Bozhkov, and Ilko Zhelyazkov

A slap from across the ocean: US sanctions Delyan Peevski, Vasil Bozhkov, and Ilko Zhelyazkov

These actions represent the largest single act of sanctions in the history of the Magnitsky Act, targeting these three individuals and their networks encompassing 64 enterprises for "significant corruption"