BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s Harvard-educated saviours-in-waiting

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

The interim government’s success in rooting out corruption turned its ministers into national heroes. Now two of the top technocrats are running for parliament.

Bulgaria’s popular caretaker PM Yanev to head next interim cabinet

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

Yanev will remain in the PM position until the November general election after his ministers’ efforts to root out high-level corruption made it the most popular cabinet in decades.

bneGREEN: Global coal plans collapse by 76%

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 16, 2021

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight, new research by green think-tank E3G finds.

bneGreen: Finland’s Betolar develops green cement as construction races to decarbonise

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 15, 2021

Finland’s Betolar is pioneering the production of low-carbon cement by using alternative industrial waste products in a process that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

Bulgaria’s president to schedule snap general election for November 14

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 12, 2021

Shakeout in the polls ahead of Bulgaria’s third general election of 2021 sees ITN’s support slump, while Democratic Bulgaria’s popularity rises.

GLOBSEC: No debt ratio is safe for small EU countries

Ivan Šramko and Sona Muzikarova September 10, 2021

Targeted EU fiscal rule reform is desirable but should consider the inherent risks for smaller member states.

Hacker attacks delay online start of Bulgaria’s 2021 census

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Hackers have targeted the website of the 2021 census since it was launched, and the National Statistics Office said it was prepared for the attacks on the first day of census taking.

Lightning strike kills Bulgarian football coach during match

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 30, 2021

Ivan Ranchev, 41, was killed on the spot by a bolt of lightning shortly after a friendly match against the team from a nearby village started.

Former ruling party Gerb tops polls as Bulgaria heads for early election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 26, 2021

Socialists in last ditch talks to form a government after receiving mandate from President Radev but election most likely outcome.

US DataArt to open new R&D centre in Bulgaria

bne IntelliNews August 26, 2021

DataArt to consider cites of Plovdiv and Varna for Bulgarian expansion depending on availability of software engineers.

New political deadlock in Bulgaria as parliament speaker says she won’t accept PM nomination

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 25, 2021

Iva Miteva was proposed for prime minster by two of the smaller parties in parliament in an attempt to form a government and head off another snap election.

Bulgaria one step away from third general election this year

bne IntelliNews August 21, 2021

After Gerb declined to propose a government, President Rumen Radev now has to decide which party will get the third and final mandate before Bulgaria heads to a new snap election.

Restrictions tightened in Southeast Europe as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

New wave of the pandemic spreads in region where vaccination rates are low in many countries.

Video showing police brutality against protesters shocks Bulgaria

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 15, 2021

Parliament committee released video showing use of excessive force and brutal beating of chained protesters after prosecutors failed to act.

Bulgarian MPs under pressure to approve budget revision despite political deadlock

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2021

President and interim PM call for urgent budget revision as Bulgaria enters new wave of pandemic.

Bulgaria’s inability to form government sends discouraging signals for North Macedonia’s EU path

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 12, 2021

After two snap parliamentary elections this year, Bulgarian political parties have failed to form a new government, leaving discussions with Skopje in limbo.

Bulgaria’s ITN leader gives up proposing government on lack of support

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 10, 2021

TV host turned politician Slavi Trifonov accused Bulgaria's anti-establishment parties of treason and hypocrisy after their refusal to back his nomination for prime minister.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria is heading for its third general election this year

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 8, 2021

The chances of either Slavi Trifonov’s ITN or any other party forming a government after the July 11 snap election are slim.

Committee head says at least 1,000 protesters and opposition politicians illegally wiretapped in ‘Bulgarian Watergate’

bne IntelliNews August 6, 2021

Hadzhigenov says committee already has the names of 140 illegally wiretapped persons, some of which were ordered by the chief prosecutor.

Bulgaria’s ITN presents proposed ministers amid uncertain support

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

There Are Such People refuses to sign pledge to undertake specific reforms and proposes 'take it or leave it' cabinet lineup.