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A slew of official investigations, accusations and counter-accusations have dominated a campaign in which the former ruling GERB party has maintained its poll lead.
The alarming decline in the population will further destabilise the economy and society unless the government can turn matters round.
Ex-premier ousted by street rallies has wrong-footed his opponents and now looks on course to regain power in May.
The media campaign against Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants plumbs new depths each week. Who would have guessed this country once put Bulgaria on a pedestal?
The likelihood of a hung parliament poses questions about the future of Bulgaria’s adherence to tough austerity measures, which in turn will affect investor confidence.
Reports about the number of impoverished migrants from Bulgaria and Romania are alarming Germany - but how accurate are these claims?
Some experts suspect that the exercise in ‘people power’ that has driven Bulgaria’s government from office is not quite what it seems.
The Prime Minister’s dramatic resignation is unlikely to avert the danger of a descent into Greek-style meltdown.
It was another year of fiscal discipline, economic stagnation, fragile - if not fraying - democracy and limited progress in infrastructural projects.
Bulgaria’s decision to join Greece and block Macedonia’s EU accession talks has sparked anger in Macedonia - further chilling relations between Sofia and Skopje.
Environmental campaigners have shown they can fight the system – but how far can they fix it?
January referendum on question of nuclear power looks unlikely to end the political infighting over the troubled Belene power project.
Job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, a BIRN investigation reveals.
A Belgian museum seem to have succumbed to Bulgarian pressure to delete the word ‘Macedonian’ from a landmark exhibition of medieval manuscripts.
The suicide bombing is a shock to a country where such attacks are unknown – but the past experience of countries targeted by bombers is that the tourist industry usually bounces back in the long term.