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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 biggest companies in 2020: New model, new champion

The biggest companies in 2020: New model, new champion

Bulgaria’s biggest companies were only mildly hit by the coronavirus. Total revenue of the top 100 firms decreased by just 7% in 2020.


The recovery effect: Bulgaria's GDP growth rate hits 20-year high in Q2 2021

The recovery effect: Bulgaria's GDP growth rate hits 20-year high in Q2 2021

Bulgarian economy expanded strongly in the second quarter mainly on the back of the low comparison base in the pandemic-marred 2020


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


How close is Bulgaria to having a (functional) government?

How close is Bulgaria to having a (functional) government?

After bashing the status quo factions for months, Slavi Trifonov fell out with the other "protest" parties and depends on BSP and GERB to form a government



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



Bulgarian-owned Huvepharma halts Amsterdam IPO

Bulgarian-owned Huvepharma halts Amsterdam IPO

The Domuschiev brothers planned to use the proceeds to step up investment and cut debt


The week: Bulgaria's pirate bay, a teenager investigates a minister, Trifonov breaks silence ...to say nothing

The week: Bulgaria's pirate bay, a teenager investigates a minister, Trifonov breaks silence ...to say nothing

K Insights 18/06: Zaev comes and goes, exports keep on rising


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


Banking is going through a fundamental transformation

Banking is going through a fundamental transformation

Banks need to shift to customer-specific approach, the head of the EIB representation for Bulgaria Teodor Radonov tells Kapital Insights


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"



The week: The battle for Bulgaria has begun, Rumen Radev steps up, why the seaside beckons now

The week: The battle for Bulgaria has begun, Rumen Radev steps up, why the seaside beckons now

K Insights 28/05: Secret services revolt, energy sector on the brink and what’s wrong with the Nuclear Power Plant


The year of recovery

The year of recovery

The Bulgarian economy may return to pre-crisis growth rates as early as the fourth quarter of 2021 but the recovery process is uneven


No country for (vaccinated) old men

No country for (vaccinated) old men

Plagued by immunization scepticism, Bulgaria trails all EU countries in terms of Covid-19 jabs


Gifts to The Wolf from Borissov’s third cabinet

Gifts to The Wolf from Borissov’s third cabinet

A concessionaire gets an allowance instead of a penalty, a hotel is speedily being constructed with no documents, and a firm with 150 mln levs in debt is sold for 100 levs