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The Sofia Globe
Bulgaria’s independent English-language news and features website.

Tsvetanov: ‘Bulgaria and N Macedonia should focus on what unites us’
Bulgaria and North Macedonia, as well as the other countries in the Western Balkans, should focus on the things that unite us and direct efforts towards building a better future […]
Head of Road Administration in Bulgaria’s Pernik axed after being caught drink-driving
The head of the Road Administration in the Bulgarian town of Pernik, Petar Basmadzhiev, has been dismissed after being caught driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the […]
Bulgaria deploys extra police as road accident numbers rise
Additional police are being deployed to areas of Bulgaria that have high road accident rates, following a recent increase in accidents, a briefing on December 14 was told. Interior Ministry […]
Ski season 2019/2020 begins in Bulgaria’s Bansko, Pamporovo
The 2019/2020 ski season was inaugurated in Bulgaria’s popular resort of Bansko on December 14, with Austrian alpine ski racer Mario Matt and Mark Girardelli, Austrian and Luxembourgian former alpine […]
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry braces for wave of ID renewals in 2020
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on December 13 that it was putting in place additional measures to deal with the upcoming increase of identification documents renewal in 2020, when an estimated […]
Bulgarian PM Borissov congratulates Boris Johnson on sweeping UK election victory
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has congratulated Boris Johnson on the UK Prime Minister’s decisive victory in the December 12 parliamentary elections. “Congratulations to Boris Johnson and to the Conservatives,” […]
Bulgarian ultra-nationalist MEP Dzhambazki caught drink-driving
A Bulgarian member of the European Parliament, Angel Dzhambazki – deputy leader of Deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov’s ultra-nationalist VMRO party – has been caught driving with a blood-alcohol level […]
Exhibition of archaeological discoveries in 2019 opens at Bulgaria’s National History Museum
An exhibition of archaeological discoveries from the 2019 season opened at the National History Museum in Sofia on December 12 and will continue until February 17. In 2019, archaeologists from […]
Nato Secretary General praises Bulgaria’s contributions to Euro-Atlantic security
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Bulgaria’s contributions to collective security in a meeting with Prime Minister Boiko Borissov at the alliance’s headquarters on December 12, a Nato statement said. […]
Bulgarian President’s latest criticism of government again sparks controversy
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has hit back after President Roumen Radev’s latest sharp criticisms of the government, levelled in a December 11 television interview. On issues from Bulgaria’s credit […]
Bulgarian Cabinet seeks to buy new government jet
Bulgaria’s Cabinet said on December 11 that it has mandated the head of the 28th Air Detachment, in charge of flying Bulgaria’s state and government officials, to hold talks on […]
Bulgarian Cabinet allocates 483M leva for Hemus Motorway construction
Bulgaria’s Government decided on December 11 to allocate 483 million leva, or about 247 million euro, to the regional development ministry’s 2019 budget for future construction work on Hemus Motorway […]
TEDxVitosha2020 and the meaning of success
We have heard plenty of definitions for success. What about your own? In the TEDxVitosha community it means celebration. We celebrate people. We celebrate their stories, their ideas and their […]
Bulgarian Parliament elects Sotir Tsatsarov as anti-corruption commission head
Bulgaria’s outgoing prosecutor-general Sotir Tsatsarov was elected on December 11 as head of the Commission for Combating Corruption and Confiscation of Illegally Acquired Property, in a Parliament vote that saw […]
Bulgarian MPs approve increased consumer protection in contract law
Bulgaria’s Parliament approved at second reading on December 11 a bill of amendments to the Civil Procedure Code that are meant to strengthen consumer protections in contract disputes. The most […]
Proposal for candidates for Bulgarian citizenship to declare countries they have lived in for past 10 years
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Justice is proposing to change the regulations on applications for citizenship to require candidates to declare in which countries they have lived for the past 10 years. […]
Bulgaria suspends operation of embassy in Yemen’s capital Sana’a
Bulgaria’s Cabinet decided at a regular weekly meeting on December 11 to suspend the operation of the country’s embassy in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a as of January 1 2020. A […]
EC vice-president Schinas to lead Commission’s fight against antisemitism
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has entrusted EC vice-president Margaritis Schinas to lead the Commission’s work on the fight against antisemitism, the EC said. He will be supported […]
Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister unveils plans for 2020
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism is planning a series of joint forums in 2020 to promote tourism investment and will hold meetings with business representatives from different countries, Tourism Minister Nikolina […]
Bulgaria’s exports in January – October 2019 up 4.2% on annual basis
The total value of all the goods exported from Bulgaria January – October 2019 was 48 702.6 million leva, about 4.2 per cent more than in January – October 2018, […]
Bulgaria warns motorists as worsening weather, snowfalls expected
Bulgaria’s National Road Safety Co-ordination Centre has issued a warning to motorists as weather forecasters have predicted worsening weather and snowfall in many parts of the country. All necessary measures […]
Bulgaria competition watchdog fines 24 firms for building renovation cartels
Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) said on December 10 that it has fined 24 companies a total of 398 200 leva, or about 203 600 euro, for entering […]
EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: 6BN euro ‘fully mobilised’
The European Union has fully mobilised the six billion euro operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, in line with its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement, […]
Poll: More than half of Bulgarians not satisfied with way democracy works in the country
About 55 per cent of Bulgarians are not satisfied with the way democracy works in the country, according to a Eurobarometer “Parlemeter 2019” poll, commissioned by the European Parliament. The […]
Bulgarian Foreign Minister calls for more EU engagement in Africa
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva has called for more European Union engagement in Africa. Speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers, Zaharieva said: “I visited several African countries in […]
Bulgarian, N Macedonian PMs tour US aircraft carrier Harry S Truman
Bulgaria’s national security and defence are only guaranteed within the framework of Nato’s collective defence, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said during a tour of the US Navy aircraft carrier […]
Eurobarometer: 85% of businesses in Bulgaria see corruption as widespread
Eighty-five per cent of businesses in Bulgaria polled by Eurobarometer saw corruption as widespread in the country, the European Commission said on December 9. This result, in the 2019 poll, […]
Prosecutors start pre-trial proceedings over opening ceremony of Plovdiv European Capital of Culture
The Plovdiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office has instituted pre-trial proceedings in connection with an alleged crime committed by the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation regarding the January opening ceremony of Plovdiv – European […]
Bulgarian police launch special operation against drink driving
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry started on December 9 a special nationwide operation against drink driving and driving after using illegal drugs. During the operation, which is to continue until December 15, […]
Bulgarian cabinet approves bill creating ‘supreme prosecutor’ post
Bulgaria’s Government held a special sitting at the weekend to discuss and approve a bill of amendments to the Penal Procedure Code, which would create an inspectorate for the prosecutor’s […]



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