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

Antisemitism on the rise in the EU
For years, antisemitic prejudice and violence have been on the rise in the European Union. Wednesday’s attack on a synagogue and two passers-by in the area by a self-confessed far-right extremist in […]
Bulgarian PM calls Cabinet security council meeting over Syria situation
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has called a meeting of the Cabinet security council for October 15 in connection with the worsening situation in Syria, the government information service said. […]
Bulgaria annual CPI records 2.3% inflation in September
Bulgaria’s annual consumer price index (CPI) recorded 2.3 per cent inflation in September, down from 2.9 per cent in August, with prices shrinking by 0.3 per cent on a monthly […]
EU foreign ministers call on Turkey to withdraw forces from north-eastern Syria
European Union foreign ministers have urged Turkey to cease its unilateral military action in north-eastern Syria and to withdraw its forces. This emerges from conclusions adopted on October 14 at […]
Poland’s ruling PiS party wins most votes: partial results
Poland’s conservative ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has won the most votes in the country’s parliamentary election, according to partial official results. An Ipsos poll including the partial results published […]
Kenya’s Tuei, Ethiopian Shegae win 2019 Sofia Marathon
Kenya’s Hosea Tuei won the men’s 2019 Sofia Marathon on October 13 in a tight finish against Marocco’s Youssef Sbaai, while Ethiopia’s Hayelom Shegae won the women’s race. Tuei made […]
Milcho Leviev, Bulgarian jazz great, dead at 81
Milcho Leviev, award-winning Bulgarian jazz maestro, died on October 12 at the age of 81. Leviev was born into a Bulgarian Jewish family in Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv on December […]
Bulgaria’s 2019 local elections: Man arrested for suspected attempted vote-buying
A 33-year-old man from Lyaskovets in central northern Bulgaria has been arrested for attempted vote-buying, according to media reports two weeks ahead of the country’s autumn 2019 mayoral and municipal […]
Greek Orthodox Church recognises Ukrainian Orthodox Church as independent
The governing body of the Greek Orthodox Church, its Holy Synod, took a formal decision on October 12 to recognise the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as autocephalous, resulting in a sharp […]
Poland votes: PiS and its pact with the people
Poles go to the ballot box on October 13. The upcoming elections are expected to point the way ahead for Poland — but critics fear the country could move further […]
Turkey’s Syria offensive: Bulgarian PM to urge Brussels to stop criticism of Ankara
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on October 12 that he would urge European Union leaders to stop their “incessant invective” against Turkey. Borissov announced this in a video on […]
Pope Francis elevates Bulgaria’s Sofia exarchate to an eparchy – Vatican
The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, has elevated the status of the exarchate of Sofia to an eparchy and appointed Bishop Christo Proykov as the first eparchal […]
Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court refers case of Siderov vs BNT back to election commission
The Supreme Administrative Court has referred back to the Central Election Commission the commission’s refusal to oblige public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television to provide Ataka leader Volen Siderov access to […]
Bulgarian PM: No increased migration pressure because of situation in Syria
There is no increase in migration pressure on Bulgaria because of the situation in Syria, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on October 11. Turkey began a cross-border offensive into […]
Bulgaria’s 2019 local elections: Notes from week two
Campaigning ahead of Bulgaria’s autumn 2019 mayoral and municipal elections is at its midway point, with two more weeks to go, and the many thousands of candidates are criss-crossing the […]
Borrell will face centrifugal forces in the Balkans
Balkans countries are likely happy with all the attention they have received in recent weeks. Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representative-designate for foreign affairs and security policy, commented that […]
Bulgaria, Greece sign contracts for gas inter-connector pipeline
Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova and her Greek counterpart Kostis Hatzidakis signed a number of contracts for the Bulgaria-Greece natural gas inter-connector pipeline (ICBG) in Sofia on October 10, most […]
No-confidence vote brings down Romania’s Dancila government
Romania’s Parliament voted on October 10 to approve a motion of no confidence in the Viorica Dancila social democrat government. The vote was approved with 238 votes in favour, five more […]
EC opens five new infringement proceedings against Bulgaria
The European Commission’s latest infringements package, published on October 10, showed five new proceedings being launched against Bulgaria, with two existing cases taken to the second stage of the process. […]
EU-funded project to assist in improving road safety in Bulgaria
Six European Union countries, including Bulgaria, are to link up with experts from other EU countries who will help them improve their road safety as part of an EU-funded scheme, […]
Bulgaria’s exports in January – August 2019 up 3.8% on annual basis
Exports from Bulgaria in January to August 2019 were 3.8 per cent higher than in January to August 2018, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on October 10, citing preliminary […]
Bulgaria’s Parliament approves declaration on EU accession talks with N Macedonia, Albania
Bulgaria’s National Assembly voted on October 10 to approve a framework declaration put forward by the government on the EU accession of the Republic of North Macedonia and of Albania. […]
Bulgaria’s 2019 local elections: Fisticuffs on the far-right?
Ladies and gentlemen, in the far-right corner, Volen Siderov. In the other far-right corner, Angel Dzhambazki. In short: One of the ultra-nationalist candidates in the autumn 2019 mayoral elections in […]
Sofia Court of Appeals: Palfreeman’s parole is immediately enforceable
The Court of Appeals in Sofia says that the parole it granted to Australian murder convict Jock Palfreeman is immediately enforceable. The statement was posted on the website of the […]
Bulgarian Jewish organisation joins condemnation of shooting attack near synagogue in Halle
The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” has expressed its condemnation of the fatal shooting attack near a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Yom Kippur, the […]
Bulgaria’s local elections: Alpha Research poll shows Fandukova with very narrow lead in Sofia mayoral race
Results of a poll by the Alpha Research agency released on October 9 show incumbent Sofia mayor and GERB candidate Yordanka Fandukova with a very narrow lead over her main […]
Bulgaria amends Penal Procedure Code to scrap ‘fast track’ trial process in murder cases
Bulgarian MPs passed amendments to the country’s Penal Procedure Code that would abolish the use of “fast track” trial proceedings in premeditated murder cases. The amendments were approved at second […]
Australia rejects Bulgarian Justice Ministry’s version of diplomat’s comments on Palfreeman case
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has taken issue with the portrayal in a media statement by Bulgaria’s Justice Ministry of talks between minister Daniel Kirilov and Australian chargé d’ affaires […]
Bulgaria’s Cabinet announces framework position on EU accession of N Macedonia, Albania
Bulgaria’s Cabinet announced on October 9 a framework position on the European Union accession aspirations of the Republic of North Macedonia and of Albania, stating support while spelling out the […]
EC signs agreements with Albania, N Macedonia on counter-terrorism plan for Western Balkans
European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos was to sign on October 9 two arrangements with Albania and North Macedonia, implementing the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western […]

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