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Bulgaria chooses logo for its 2018 EU presidency

By   /  17/01/2017  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bulgaria chooses logo for its 2018 EU presidency

Bulgaria has chosen the logo it will use while holding the rotating presidency of the European Union in January to June 2018. The winning entry in a competition to design the logo is by Todor Angeliev, who got 76 out of 90 possible points, defeating 179 rivals. The logo includes three elements – the colours […]

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Bulgarian Parliament postpones decision on November 2016 referendum outcome

By   /  11/01/2017  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian Parliament postpones decision on November 2016 referendum outcome

Bulgaria’s National Assembly rejected on January 11 a proposal by Boiko Borissov’s GERB party to debate the outcome of the November 2016 referendum and to adopt a majoritarian system to elect the next Parliament. GERB wanted the current National Assembly – which has an expected lifespan of less than two weeks – to back moves […]

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Bulgarian MPs in drama over last-minute bid for majoritarian election system

By   /  10/01/2017  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian MPs in drama over last-minute bid for majoritarian election system

The sands of time are running out for Bulgaria’s current Parliament, but MPs from Boiko Borissov’s GERB party are mounting an 11th-hour bid to legislate a wholly new voting system that would see the National Assembly elected by majoritarian vote. The current National Assembly is expected to be dissolved in the days after Roumen Radev […]

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Bulgaria expelled 1410 non-EU migrants from the country in 2016 – Interior Ministry

By   /  09/01/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgaria expelled 1410 non-EU migrants from the country in 2016 – Interior Ministry

Bulgarian Migration Directorate officials in 2016 expelled a total of 1410 people, mostly citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan, who had been in the country illegally, the Interior Ministry said on January 9. This was 77 per cent higher than in 2015, when 797 people were sent out of the country, the ministry said. Most of […]

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Bulgarian former justice minister’s new political party to hold constituent meeting on January 7

By   /  06/01/2017  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian former justice minister’s new political party to hold constituent meeting on January 7

A new political party, Yes Bulgaria ( Да, България) in which former justice minister Hristo Ivanov has a central role in founding, will hold its constituent meeting in capital city Sofia on January 7. Ivanov had the justice portfolio in Boiko Borissov’s second government, but resigned in November 2015 on principle in protest against the […]

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Bulgarian Border Police chief: Illegal migration significantly down in 2016

By   /  22/12/2016  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian Border Police chief: Illegal migration significantly down in 2016

Bulgaria’s Border Police director-general Svetlan Kichikov says that the migration pressure situation in Bulgaria and there are days on which there are no attempts at illegal border-crossings. He presented figures that illegal border-crossings from January 1 to December 19 2016 were down on the figures for the same period of 2015, while the number of […]

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More than 2000 have left Bulgaria’s refugee camps in the past month and a half – report

By   /  21/12/2016  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social  /  Comments Off on More than 2000 have left Bulgaria’s refugee camps in the past month and a half – report

Close to 600 people have left refugee camps in Bulgaria in the first two weeks of December and police do not know where they are. In November 2016, a total of 1647 quit the camps, meaning that 2247 went missing in a month and a half, Bulgarian-language daily Sega said on December 21. Those who […]

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Bulgaria’s fence at Turkish border so far has cost close to 170M leva – deputy interior minister

By   /  09/12/2016  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgaria’s fence at Turkish border so far has cost close to 170M leva – deputy interior minister

A sum of 169 309 121 leva has been paid so for the fence at the border with Turkey, Bulgaria’s deputy interior minister Philip Gounev told reporters on December 9 2016, responding to opposition allegations that the bill was 250 million leva. Gounev said that if the cost of road-building was not included, the sum […]

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Bulgaria wants Plan B from European Commission in case Turkey opens refugee floodgates

By   /  07/12/2016  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bulgaria wants Plan B from European Commission in case Turkey opens refugee floodgates

Bulgaria has urged the European Commission to work on an alternative plan in case Turkey fulfills its threat to unleash a refugee flow to Europe, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said while attending a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels. “We have called on the European Commission to start work on a ‘Plan B’ if […]

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Bulgaria’s political crisis: Scant chance election rules will change before 2017 vote

By   /  05/12/2016  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bulgaria’s political crisis: Scant chance election rules will change before 2017 vote

In spite of the outcome of Bulgaria’s controversy-ridden November 2016 national referendum on changes to the political system – including on introducing a majoritarian election system for MPs and slashing political party subsidies – there is scant chance the rules will be changed before the early parliamentary elections in 2017. A consensus appears to be […]

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