Polls indicate a fragmented parliament after April general election, putting Trifonov in kingmaker position.
GDP per capita in the North-West region of Bulgaria is just 32% of the EU average.
Government bows to pressure from hospitality industry and hopes for pre-election feelgood boost just as a new wave of the virus gathers force.
Despite widespread vaccine scepticism, thousands of Bulgarians who dream of life returning to normal take advantage of weekend mass immunisations.
US NuScale and Kozloduy NPP agree to explore deployment of SMR in Bulgaria as doubt remains over future of Belene power plant construction.
Crackdown on democracy and civil society during pandemic accompanied by increase in hate speech by politicians finds ILGA-Europe report.
Unemployment growth has been modest and a return to tight labour markets is expected as economies recover from the coronacrisis.
The authorities have ignored a spike in depression and anxiety among Bulgarian children and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ING raises 2021 forecast after National Statistical Institute's estimate for economy's Q4 performance is considerably better than expected.
Prosecutors say mismanagement led to a loss of over €250mn related to the project to build the Belene nuclear power plant.
Moscow delivered a stern rebuke over Bulgaria's PM's criticism of opposition politician Navalny's arrest, and has taken a tough tone on several issues in the Western Balkans in recent days.
Production was affected the coronavirus pandemic and the tough restrictions imposed by the government to contain the spread of the virus.
Investment strategies of Bulgarian companies have been substantially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with 46% of them investing less than planned, an EIB survey shows.