Bulgarian police in second protest for more pay

Sofia - Police officers in Bulgaria on Sunday staged a second demonstration in a week for higher pay and better gear.

More than 500 officers gathered in front of the Interior Ministry in Sofia alone.

Heeding a call via the internet to "drink water," they carried bottles of mineral water.

Some officers displayed their worn boots to highlight their demand for better winter clothing.

Similar protests took place in other cities, such as Pleven and Silistra in the north, as well as Haskovo and Smoljan in the south.

Their demands follow a first protest that saw Christmas pay of 280 dollars being pledged.

German RWE signs 1.8-billion-dollar Bulgarian nuclear deal

RWE LogoSofia - German energy giant RWE launched a joint venture Friday with the Bulgarian NEK to develop the Balkan country's second nuclear power plant.

The Essen-based company would invest 1.275 billion euros (1.84 billion dollars) for a 49-per-cent stake in the venture, the government in Sofia said.

The project with RWE would have an "enormous" impact for Bulgaria in context of the global financial crisis, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said after the contract was signed.

Bulgaria appointed RWE as the strategic partner in the development of the plant at Belene on the Danube.

Christmas for Bulgaria because of corruption

No Christmas for Bulgaria because of corruptionSofia  - Bulgarian officials complained how the European Union stole their Christmas when it cancelled hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies because of fraud, but instead of putting thieves in prison, they blamed the global financial crisis.

After repeated warnings to its poorest member-state that subsidies aimed at improving the life of Bulgarians were being drained as a result of fraud, the EU in July suspended the payment of 486 million euros for various projects and demanded action from Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev's cabinet.

At least one dead in Balkan storms

P.M.: Bulgaria in first capitalist crisis

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Dec. 5 - Bulgaria is experiencing its first economic crisis as a capitalist country, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said Thursday.

Stanishev suggested that Bulgaria's problems are actually less severe than those of other members of the European Union, the Sofia News Agency reported. He said, for example, that the banking system is not in the kind of crisis that other countries face as a result of the collapse of the credit bubble.

But the country is not immune to the difficulties facing its economic partners, he added.

Bulgaria should not contribute to EU recovery plan, official says

Bulgaria should not contribute to EU recovery plan, official says Sofia  - Bulgaria should not take part in financing the European Union's emergency economic recovery package, a top official said Friday in Sofia.

"It is out of place to finance the European economy with Bulgarian money," the head of the parliamentary budget and finance committee, Rumen Ovcharov, told the private Nova television.