Russian president claims Bulgaria is under "international pressure" to delay pipeline project, while section via neighbouring Serbia is nearly finished.
US officials to use "tools that have teeth" as they work with Bulgarian government and civil society to strengthen the rule of law, foster judicial independence, and tackle corruption.
Sofia hopes to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism by April 2020, as it aspires to membership of the eurozone.
Lukas Wagenknecht has asked the prosecution in Bulgaria to probe the deal due to suspicions that it was intentionally closed at a price that was not beneficial for state-owned CEZ.
If half of the governance gap between Central Europe and the G7 countries was closed, income convergence would be brought forward by almost a generation, says EBRD chief economist Beata Javorcik in an interview with bne IntelliNews.
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the new EU members haven’t yet caught up with Western Europe — but they are drawing level with the Southern European states that were battered by the international economic crisis.