Showman Slavi Trifonov’s vehicle edges ahead in polls before Bulgaria’s July general election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 17, 2021

There Are Such People now has a narrow lead over ex-PM Boyko Borissov’s Gerb but as race tightens its unclear whether political newcomers will manage to secure a majority.

Southeast Europeans most likely in EU to believe corruption is getting worse

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2021

Transparency International survey shows citizens of Slovenia and Bulgaria were most likely to think their government was run by a few big interests looking out for themselves.

International banking groups look to expand in Central and Southeast Europe despite pandemic

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 14, 2021

International banking groups remain committed to the region, with their strategies tilted towards expansion or stability despite the coronavirus pandemic, EIB survey shows.

COMMENT: Time to end Putin's impunity

Jeff Lovitt and Jan Piekło June 10, 2021

The price faced by Russia for aggression must be too high for the Kremlin to countenance, and this is the message that Biden should deliver to Putin – and act upon.

COMMENT: CEE national recovery and resilience plans – the focus, the gaps and what comes next

Otilia Dhand of Teneo June 10, 2021

Most CEE governments submitted their national plans after the deadline and two (Bulgaria and Estonia) are yet to finalise them.

bneGREEN: IEA calls for $1 trillion of annual investment into clean energy in developing economies

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 9, 2021

Private finance is crucial if emerging economies are not to be left behind in the race to net zero, the IEA warns.

Bulgarian PM slams “useless” anti-corruption agencies

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 8, 2021

Stefan Yanev’s interim government has been probing events under the former government led by Boyko Borissov that lost power in April.

bneGREEN: European Commission provides €1bn funding boost for 72 Green Deal research projects

Richard June 6, 2021

The European Commission has selected 72 research and innovation projects that will receive €1bn in funding to support the aims of the Green Deal.

Bulgaria has worst air pollution in the EU, Eurostat says

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

Bulgaria has been struggling for years with air pollution in urban areas, particularly in winter.

Illegal organ transplant scandal revealed at Bulgarian VIP hospital

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 3, 2021

Kidneys from young living donors from Moldova and Ukraine transplanted into hospital’s rich international patients.

US sanctions Bulgarian officials and businessmen over involvement in significant corruption

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2021

US Treasury's largest action tackling corruption to date targets two high-profile businessmen and several ex-officials.

Bulgarian institutions ‘on the brink of war’ after raids on offices of key interior ministry employees

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 2, 2021

Prosecutors take on interim government that has launched a wide-reaching overhaul of the administration and pledged to root out corruption under the previous Gerb government.

BALKAN BLOG: Digging up Borissov’s hidden skeletons

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 29, 2021

Virtually every day the caretaker government has been revealing new examples of corruption and abuse of office during Boyko Borissov’s 10 years in power.

Spain’s Glovo to buy Delivery Hero’s business in six Southeast European countries for €170mn

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Barcelona-based delivery company interested in the emerging Europe region where people have embraced on-demand delivery platforms.

Bulgaria seeks reset of relations with North Macedonia as Russia weighs into dispute

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2021

Restoring trust with North Macedonia is foreign ministry's top priority, says Bulgaria's new Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev, but tensions raised again by Russian embassy tweet.

Probe launched into “Bulgaria’s Watergate”

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 23, 2021

Opposition politicians allegedly wiretapped ahead of April 4 general election.

bneGREEN: The EU’s Green Deal: Putting a carbon price on imports

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 22, 2021

The EU’s journey to net zero threatens a carbon price war with its trading partners

Bulgaria’s Gerb, There Are Such People in tight race for first place in July 11 election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 20, 2021

Gerb's backing falls but There Are Such People and fellow political newcomers don't yet have enough support to oust the establishment parties.

bneGREEN World needs immediate and massive deployment of green tech to fight climate change

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 19, 2021

World needs immediate and massive deployment of green tech to fight climate change, warns IEA in its latest report.

Roses left to wither in Bulgaria as rose oil market collapses

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 18, 2021

Bulgarian rose oil is sought after by luxury perfumers but as the price has slumped many farmers in the Rose Valley will leave their blooms unharvested this year.