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PM Boyko Borisov Jumps from a Galloping Horse

PM Boyko Borisov Jumps from a Galloping Horse

Sometimes history rides on the fastest horse, and the landscape changes quicker than you can imagine. In early February, Bulgarians received unexpected, shockingly high electricity bills. Scattered protests erupted, then on Sunday, 17 February, about 100,000 gathered in the centre of Sofia and other big cities. The next day, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov nudged out […]

Plamen Goranov – Martyr Of the ‘Bulgarian Spring’

Plamen Goranov – Martyr  Of the ‘Bulgarian Spring’

In a desperate act of protest against goverment austerity measures, 36-year-old Bulgarian Plamen Goranov set himself on fire in front of the City Hall in Varna. He is one of six self-immolators in Bulgaria in the course of just one month, the most recent being a 41-year-old man from the village of Sitovo, he remains […]

Bulgarian PM resigns

Bulgarian PM resigns

Citing a lack of support from the Bulgarian people, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stepped down on 20 February, following protests over high electricity prices, austerity measures and corruption. His decision is expected to be approved by the country’s parliament, thus leading to new elections at a date still to be set. The action is […]

Worst drought in decades hits Central Europe

From wildfires in Bosnia and crop shortages in Moldova and Serbia, to the decreased water levels of the Danube in Bulgaria, the Balkan and Eastern European region is experiencing the effects of record heat and drought. Following a record winter, the summer’s heat has wreaked havoc on potato and corn crops, especially in Serbia and […]

Nabucco pipeline downsizes

Nabucco pipeline downsizes

The consortium overseeing the planning of the Nabucco pipeline announced modified plans for the natural gas conduit that will serve Europe. The new Nabucco West line will extend from the Bulgarian/Turkish border to the Central European Gas Hub in Baumgarten, Lower Austria, according to a press release published on its website. The new proposal deviates […]

Bulgaria rejects shale gas

Bulgaria rejects shale gas

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov refused to bow to U.S. pressure to lift the country’s ban on shale gas exploration,
according to news platform EurActiv. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, to urge the country’s leaders to endorse shale gas, weeks after Bulgaria had banned explorations due to environmental […]

Car bomb in Sofia

On 13 Oct., a bomb blew up the car of Sasho Dikov, a popular Bulgarian television reporter, coinciding with a visit of EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and EP President Jerzy Buzek to Sophia. While no one was hurt, the attack was seen as an attempt to embarrass the centre-right GERB government ahead of local […]

Bulgaria: Presidential Race

Bulgaria’s presidential vote, to be held on Oct. 23, will decide a successor to Georgi Parvanov whose constitutional two terms as head of state are coming to an end. The main players in the presidential race are expected to be the ruling party’s (GERB) candidate Rossen Plevneliev, and Ivaylo Kalfin of the Bulgarian Socialist Party […]

Population Meltdown

For a European country the size of Germany, with 80 million, or France, with 60, the loss of half a million people might not mean all that much – about the number living in your average Paris suburb. But for a state like Bulgaria, which applied for EU membership in 2001 with a population of […]

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