Bulgaria

Allegations of vote-buying mar European poll in Bulgaria

Allegations of vote-buying mar European poll in BulgariaSofia - The European Parliament vote in Bulgaria, the second since the country joined EU, has been marred by allegations of vote- buying in the week ahead of election day on Sunday.

The EU commissioner for consumer protection and leader of the conservative National Movement's European ticket, Meglena Kuneva on Wednesday warned authorities to act even on hints of an attempt to offer money in exchange for votes.

Bulgaria and Ireland look to put pressure on Italy

Bulgaria and Ireland look to put pressure on ItalyLondon - Bulgaria and the Republic of Ireland meet in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia Saturday with both sides looking to close the gap on Group 8 leaders Italy.

The Azzurri aren't in World Cup action at the weekend and instead face Northern Ireland in a friendly in Pisa before flying out to South Africa to compete in the Confederations Cup.

EU commissioner: Bulgaria must act on tampering with European votes

EU commissioner: Bulgaria must act on tampering with European votes Sofia - Bulgaria needs to crack down "forcefully and very toughly" on suspected cases of abuse in Sunday's elections for the European Parliament, an EU commissioner said Wednesday.

The 17 Bulgarian representatives should be "fairly elected," the commissioner for consumer protection, Meglena Kuneva, was quoted as saying in her homeland.

Bulgaria confirms its first case of swine flu

Bulgaria confirms its first case of swine flu Sofia - Bulgarian authorities on Monday confirmed the first case of swine flu in the country.

The H1N1 virus has been discovered with a Bulgarian man who returned from the United States on May 27, the Ministry of Health said.

The man showed signs of the disease - respiratory problems, coughing and high fever - two days after his arrival and was hospitalised and isolated. He was stable and in "good" condition. (dpa)

Iron Period layers revealed by latest archaeology excavations in Macedonia

Iron Period layers revealed by latest archaeology excavations in MacedoniaSofia (Bulgaria), May 31 : The latest archaeological research at the ancient observatory of Kokino in north-eastern Macedonia has revealed layers from the Iron Period, around the seventh century BC.

"At the moment, there is intensive archaeological research on several sectors of the site," Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska explained during a Parliament session dedicated to questions of members of parliament.

Bulgarian central bank chief elected to another term

Sofia  - Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev's Socialist-led coalition pushed through the re-election of the central bank governor Ivan Iskrov on Thursday.

The opposition criticized Iskrov's appointment only six weeks ahead of July 5 parliamentary elections and nearly half a year before his six-year term expires.

According to Bulgarian laws, the new governor should not be appointed less than three months before the term of his predecessor expires.

By appointing him early, Stanishev's coalition has secured to keep Iskrov, 42, in place even if it loses the elections, as the surveys are predicting.

15 dead as bus plows into crowd in Bulgaria

15 dead as bus plows into crowd in BulgariaSofia - A bus plowed into a crowd celebrating a religious holiday Thursday in southern Bulgaria, killing 15 people and injuring many more, the interior ministry in Sofia said.

It is thought the brakes malfunctioned on the ageing vehicle while it negotiated a steep downhill road near the town Yambol.

The bus careered out of control and slammed into a crowd celebrating the Christian Orthodox holiday of the Ascension.

Two of the victims were onboard the bus, the others in the crowd.

Smoker-haven Bulgaria passes new no-smoking rules

Bulgarian prices stagnateSofia - Bulgaria, one of Europe's last smoking bastions, on Thursday passed a delayed-action law banning smoking in more public places, though leaving some breathing space to those who light up.

Starting in a year, smoking will be banned in offices, schools, cultural institutions and public transport. Smoker will, however, still have a place in cafes, restaurants and hotels on the Black Sea coast.

There is doubt however that new rules will be enforced any more vigourously than those already existing.

Japanese Prince Akishino meets Romanian president

Japanese Prince Akishino meets Romanian president Bucharest - Japanese Prince Akishino, continuing a tour of central and eastern Europe, met Wednesday in Bucharest with Romanian President Traian Basescu.

The Mediafax agency in Bucharest said the talks covered, among other topics, questions about the environment in the Danube River region.

Prince Akishino, accompanied by his wife the Princess Kiko, had arrived in Bucharest for a four-day stay in Romania. Beforehand the couple had visited Austria, Bulgaria and Hungary. (dpa)

Bulgarian inflation rate 0.7 per cent in April, 1.3 in 2009

Bulgarian inflation rate 0.7 per cent in April, 1.3 in 2009Sofia - Bulgarian retail prices went up by 0.7 per cent in April, bringing the inflation since the start of the year to 1.3 per cent, the National Statistical Institute said Wednesday.

The year-on-year inflation rate was 4.8 per cent last month, NSI said.

Bulgaria, which with 12.3 per cent overshot its inflation target rate in 2008, has based its 2009 on an inflation rate of 6.9 per cent.

Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007 and remains its poorest member-state. (dpa)

Bulgaria holds parliamentary poll on July 5

Bulgaria holds parliamentary poll on July 5 Sofia - Bulgaria will hold parliamentary elections on July 5, President Georgi Parvanov's cabinet said Tuesday. The poll would be the first since Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007. The new centre-right GERB party, headed by former top policeman and now Sofia mayor Boyko Borisov leads popularity surveys with 30 per cent. GERB was however still not tested in elections.

Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev's Socialist Party, which leads the ruling coalition, is ranked in second in surveys with a 20-per cent support.

Gas recipient countries debate security of energy deliveries

Gas recipient countries debate security of energy deliveriesSofia - Natural gas importing countries in Europe, meeting on Friday in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, called for greater energy "security" in reaction to the Russian gas crisis four months ago.

Energy security does not stop at national borders, nor does it stopat the European Union border, said EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the start of the two-day summit.

Bulgarian nurses demand compensation from Libya

Bulgarian nurses demand compensation from LibyaSofia - Five Bulgarian nurses who had spent eight years in detention and sentenced to death in Libya before being deported in
2007 have demanded compensation from the government in Tripoli over their ordeal.

The women and the Palestinian man who was also among the six medical workers accused of intentionally infecting more than 400 children with the HIV virus have called on the United Nations to intervene to "bring the Libyan state to justice."

Bulgarian president vetoes new election law

Bulgarian president vetoes new election law Sofia - Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov Wednesday vetoed the new election law, criticized by the opposition as undemocratic because it favours large parties.

With the limited authority as head of state, Parvanov has the right to veto a parliament act. Legislators, however, may return it to him unchanged and force him to enact it.

The new law, pushed through Monday by the ruling Socialist Party (BSP) and its allies, raised the number of votes a party must win in elections to qualify for parliament from 4 to 8 per cent.

Bobic appointed chief executive of Chernomorets

Bobic appointed chief executive of Chernomorets Stuttgart  - Former Germany striker Fredi Bobic has been appointed chief executive of Bulgaria club Chernomorets Burgas.

Bobic told German Press Agency dpa Wednesday he wanted to help create a modern club with European ambitions over the next few years.

Bobic, 37, who has been working as a television pundit, joins former Stuttgart team-mate Krasimir Balakov, now Chernomorets coach.

Bulgarian prices stagnate

Bulgarian prices stagnateSofia - Bulgarian retail prices went up by 0.1 per cent in February, or by 0.8 per cent since the start of 2008, the National Statistical Institute said Friday.

The inflation rate was 6 per cent year-on-year. Bulgaria projected a 6.7 per cent inflation rate for the 2009 budget, after posting a higher-than-planned 12.3 per cent rate last year.

The Balkan country has been a member of the European Union since 2007. (dpa)

Times change even at the Gypsy bride market

Times change even at the Gypsy bride marketMogila, Bulgaria  - When a Roma from a southern Bulgarian clan is looking for a bride, he goes to the traditional gathering which his folk stage in Stara Zagora each year in late winter or early spring - though as of recently some brides want to dance more than to marry.

Gypsy families from the clan have for centuries presented their daughters for marriage at the so-called bride market in Mogila, a village 220 kilometres south-east of Sofia, on the first Saturday after Easter fasting begins.

Bulgarian capital buried under garbage, snow amid money quarrels

Bulgarian capital buried under garbage, snow amid money quarrels Sofia - Traffic in Sofia plunged into chaos Tuesday as a garbage-removal company, in a dispute with city authorities, ordered its workers not to clean piles of garbage or clear fresh snow.

Sofia authorities on Monday decided to sever its contract with the private company Novera to remove garbage. While the deal was set to expire on April 1, Novera had already stopped working last Saturday, saying it was not being paid.

Vonn wins super-g to stay on World Cup title course

Lindsey VonnBansko, Bulgaria  - Lindsey Vonn of the United States moved closer to winning the overall alpine ski women's World Cup title with a third successive super-g victory Sunday.

The 24-year-old title-holder clocked 1 minute 14.49 seconds at the Bulgarian resort of Bansko, 0.58 seconds ahead of Fabienne Suter of Switzerland and 0.91 seconds up on Tina Maze of Slovenia.

Suter moves ahead in the super-g standings with one race remaining, 15 points ahead of Vonn, while previous leader Nadia Fanchina of Italy slipped to third after finishing seventh.

Fischbacher wins race, Vonn wins discipline's crystal globe

Lindsey-VonnBansko, Bulgaria - World champion Lindsey Vonn on Saturday won the crystal globe in the downhill discipline after finishing 12 in the World Cup event in Bansko in Bulgaria.

Andrea Fischbacher won her first-ever World Cup downhill race, finally putting an end to a near 12-year wait for Austria to win a women's World Cup downhill race.

Fischbacher, who is related to Austrian ski legend Hermann Maier, beat Slovenian Tina Maze and Switzerland's Fabienne Suter into second and third place respectively.

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