Geothermal starts to glow in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 22, 2017

Turkey is an emerging geothermal superstar and countries across Eastern Europe are increasingly harnessing underground energy to provide cheap and eco-friendly local heating and energy.

Opposition MPs boycott Bulgarian parliament

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 16, 2017

Deputies were angered by PM Boyko Borissov's claim that some MPs are involved in drug dealing, and plan to call no-confidence motion against his government.

EC criticises Bulgaria and Romania over sluggish judicial reforms, anti-corruption efforts

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia and Carmen Simion in Bucharest November 15, 2017

Reform momentum lost in Romania, where efforts to undermine the anti-corruption fight have sparked mass protests, while reforms in Bulgaria lack transparency, says the latest CVM report.

Higher exports and investment push first-half growth in all EBRD countries bar two

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2017

EBRD markedly hikes its forecasts for economic growth in Emerging Europe after assessing the arrival of expansion that is so strong that it is already running up against structural constraints.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s DPS looks to benefit as government comes under pressure

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 30, 2017

The scandal surrounding a leader of Bulgaria’s junior ruling United Patriots has created an opportunity for the ethnic Turk DPS to use its leverage with Boyko Borissov’s government — but what does the party really want?

Can Eastern Europe top up the world’s wine glasses?

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 27, 2017

As bad weather in France and Italy caused world wine production to slump this year, sparking fears of future shortages, several countries in Eastern Europe have seen production rise.

Bulgarian prosecutors show dismal record in fight against high-level corruption

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 26, 2017

Just 26 high-level corruption cases are revealed to have been filed since January 2015 – less than 2% of all charges raised by the prosecution in that period.