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FDI in Bulgaria in January 2017 was 54M euro

By   4 days ago

  Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in the first month of the year stood at 54 million euro, the equivalent of 0.1 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on March 21. In January 2016, FDI was 28.1 million euro, but the original amount reported by BNB […]

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Publishers of new Bulgarian satirical publication to approach competition watchdog over distribution problems

By   3 weeks ago

  The team behind a new Bulgarian satirical publication, Prass Press – billed by supporters as a Bulgarian equivalent of France’s Charlie Hebdo – said on March 4 that they would approach the Competition Protection Commission over distributors’ failure to provide their paper to would-be readers. Prass Press publishing team is made up of cartoonists […]

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Business climate in Bulgaria’s construction and service industries slightly improved in February – poll

By   4 weeks ago

  A regular monthly poll by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) has found that managers’ views of the business climate in Bulgaria in February was largely unchanged in February 2017 from January, with slight improvements in the construction and service industries. In industry and the retail trade, there was a downturn in opinions of the […]

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InvestBulgaria Agency projects 400 million leva investment and creation of 6000 jobs in 2017

By   1 month ago

  Bulgaria may expect to see investments of 400 milllion leva (about 204 million euro) with the potential to create 6000 jobs in 2017, according to a forecast by the state’s InvestBulgaria Agency based on applications for investor certificates. The agency said on February 15 that interest among investments was again directed towards the country’s […]

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Bulgaria’s exports in 2016 were 2.6% higher than 2015 – NSI

By   1 month ago

Bulgaria’s exports in 2016 were 2.6 per cent higher than in 2015, but exports to non-EU countries dropped by 5.9 per cent and the overall trade balance was negative, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on February 9. In 2016, the total value of all goods exported from Bulgaria to both EU and non-EU countries […]

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Bulgarian exports to EU rose 6.8% y/y in January – November 2016, but trade balance negative

By   2 months ago

Bulgaria’s exports to other European Union countries in January to November 2016 were 6.8 per cent higher than in January – November 2015, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on February 8, citing preliminary data. Exports from Bulgaria to other EU member states in January – November 2016 added up to 28 707.3 million leva, […]

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Bulgarian consumer confidence increased in January 2017 – NSI poll

By   2 months ago

Confidence among Bulgarian consumers was 2.5 percentage points higher in January 2017 than it was in October 2016, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said, reporting the findings of a regular three-monthly survey. Among Bulgaria’s urban population, consumer confidence was up by 3.3 percentage points while among the rural population, the increase was 0.6 percentage points, […]

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Bulgaria’s best customers for wine exports are Poland and Australia

By   2 months ago

Bulgaria’s best customer for exports of its wine is – among EU countries – Poland, while among non-EU countries, the best customer is Australia. This emerges from figures for 2011 to 2015, released by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI). Among EU member states, Poland bought more than 70 million litres of wine from Bulgaria. Far […]

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116 films were produced in Bulgarian in 2015 – statistics institute

By   10 months ago

Sofia, May 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A total of 116 full-length, medium-length and short films were produced in Bulgaria in 2015, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on May 20 2016. Of these, 45 were made for cinema release, 71 for television, one of these a […]

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Bulgaria to confer highest state honour on Orthodox Church head

By   1 year ago

Sofia, October 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Bulgaria’s Cabinet said on October 13 that it had proposed to head of state President Rossen Plevneliev to confer the country’s highest state honour, the Stara Planina first degree, on Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Neofit. The recommendation was on the occasion of Neofit’s 70 birthday and for […]

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Archaeological site in central Sofia shut down for Culture Ministry check

By   1 year ago

Sofia, October 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Bulgaria’s Culture Ministry said on October 13 that it has ordered the suspension of all conservation work at the Largo archaeological site in central Sofia for an indefinite period of time, during which a team of architects and archaeologists will carry out an assessment of the work carried […]

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Plevneliev: Bulgaria should not rest until getting Tsar Samuil’s bones from Greece

By   2 years ago

Sofia, June 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgarian head of state President Rossen Plevneliev used the June 8 ceremony of the unveiling of a controversial statue of Tsar Samuil in Sofia to call for the 10th century Bulgarian ruler’s bones to be transferred to Bulgaria from their current […]

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Controversy surrounds new statue of Tsar Samuil in Sofia

By   2 years ago

Sofia, June 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev -Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Surrounded by controversy, a four-metre-high statue of 10th century Bulgarian ruler Tsar Samuil was to be unveiled in central Sofia on June 8, amid calls for a postponement and rethink of the placing of the statue and with the […]

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1st Sofia Literary Festival 2013

By   3 years ago

  For the first time in Sofia: Sofia International Literary Festival December 10-15, National Palace of Culture, Marble foyer Literature does not recognize any borders is the festival’s slogan. It will gather more than 60 participants from Bulgaria and other Balkan countries. The ambition of the organizers – the Bulgarian Book Association –  is to […]

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Bulgarian, Turkish archaeologists undergo diving training

By   3 years ago

  By Clive Leviev – Sawyer of The Sofia Globe About 30 archaeologists from Bulgaria and Turkey received diving training this summer as part of a joint project between the centre for underwater archaeology in Sozopol, Bulgaria, and the association for cultural heritage in Kirklareli, Turkey, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on December 11. The […]

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Archaeology: Thracian temple, sanctuary of Zeus and Hera found in Bulgaria’s Sredna Gora

By   4 years ago

  Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found a Thracian temple and a sanctuary of Zeus and Hera in Sredna Gora in the central part of the country. The discovery was made at a dig in the Kozi Gramadi region near the village of Starosel in the Hissarya municipality by a team of archaeologists from the National […]

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Bulgarian President: More pragmatism needed in work of Southeast Europe Cooperation Process

By   2 weeks ago

  At a meeting with ambassadors from seven Balkan countries in Sofia on March 8, Bulgarian head of state President Roumen Radev called for more pragmatism in the work of the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process and in the co-ordination of projects carried out with EU funds. The meeting, the first with this group of ambassadors […]

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Bulgaria targets early-2018 to begin construction on Greece gas inter-connector

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  Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry was drafting the necessary tender documentation to pick a contractor that would build the gas inter-connector pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria, targeting early 2018 for the start of construction, caretaker Energy Minister Nikolai Pavlov said on February 22. Pavlov’s comments were made during a meeting with his Azeri counterpart Nigat Aliyev […]

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Bulgarian political parties trade barbs over ‘energy crisis’ claims

By   2 months ago

Bulgaria’s two largest political parties – Boiko Borissov’s GERB and the opposition socialist party – are engaged in a war of words over the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s allegations that the country is on the brink of an energy collapse and that “power cuts practically already are in effect”. Senior Bulgarian goverment figures are dismissing the […]

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Bulgaria, Serbia sign gas interconnector memorandum

By   2 months ago

Bulgaria and Serbia energy ministers signed on January 19 a memorandum of understanding on the construction of the interconnector pipeline between the two countries. The document underscored the political will in the two countries to build the pipeline, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said in a statement. The project was a key component of Bulgaria’s […]

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Bulgaria halts electricity exports on January 13 as winter cold bites

By   2 months ago

Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has ordered that the country halts exporting electricity on January 13 2017 to ensure power supply for Bulgarian consumers as the country’s power grid comes under pressure because of several days of severely low temperatures. The order follows similar moves by Greece, which has suspended electricity exports on January 11 […]

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Bulgaria-Romania gas interconnector pipeline finished

By   4 months ago

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov opened at a ceremony on November 11 the gas interconnector pipeline with Romania, describing it as a key step towards diversification of gas supply sources and strengthening Bulgaria’s energy security. This is the first of three interconnector pipelines Bulgaria plans to build with neighbouring countries, but link-ups with Serbia and […]

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Bulgaria, Slovakia gas grid operators to co-operate on gas hub project

By   5 months ago

The gas grid operators of Bulgaria and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding that envisions the two companies, Bulgartransgaz and Eustream, working together on “improving the security of gas deliveries” in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the two major gas infrastructure projects championed by their respective governments – the Balkan gas hub and the […]

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Bulgaria’s Parliament sets up ad hoc committee to investigate Belene nuclear power station project

By   5 months ago

Bulgaria’s Parliament has voted to set up ad hoc committee, headed by nationalist minority coalition Patriotic Front co-leader Valeri Simeonov, to investigate all “data, facts and circumstances” regarding decision-making and actions about the Belene nuclear power station project between 2006 and the end of September 2016. The Belene project, first proposed at the time of […]

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Business climate in Bulgaria’s construction and service industries slightly improved in February – poll

By   4 weeks ago

  A regular monthly poll by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) has found that managers’ views of the business climate in Bulgaria in February was largely unchanged in February 2017 from January, with slight improvements in the construction and service industries. In industry and the retail trade, there was a downturn in opinions of the […]

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Technical glitch on Romanian side causes 15km queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2

By   2 months ago

A technical problem on the Romanian side of the border caused a 15km-long queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2 in the northern city of Vidin on January 22. Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency ordered restrictions on the movement of lorries on the E79 main road in the direction of Vidin. Because of waiting goods […]

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Industry Watch: Plovdiv becoming industrial capital of Bulgaria

By   3 months ago

Plovdiv is increasingly establishing itself as the industrial capital of Bulgaria, according to economists and analysts from the Industry Watch think-tank. In the Trakiya Economic Zone alone, between 70 million and 130 million euro is being invested annually by Bulgarian and foreign companies, and in 2017, businesses in the region will be recruiting more than […]

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Bulgaria moves to reform law on managing Black Sea beaches ‘to improve quality of tourist service’

By   3 months ago

Bulgaria’s outgoing Cabinet approved on December 28 amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act that, if approved, would change the system for classification of beaches. The amendments have been proposed by Bulgaria’s Tourism Ministry. They are intended to enable the grouping and classification of beaches according to their geographical features – in the […]

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Bulgaria, Slovakia gas grid operators to co-operate on gas hub project

By   5 months ago

The gas grid operators of Bulgaria and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding that envisions the two companies, Bulgartransgaz and Eustream, working together on “improving the security of gas deliveries” in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the two major gas infrastructure projects championed by their respective governments – the Balkan gas hub and the […]

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Bulgarian consumer confidence largely unchanged in October – poll

By   5 months ago

Consumer confidence among Bulgarians in October was largely unchanged since the previous poll in July, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on November 4. This means that it remains well above the average for the regular surveys, measured since 2005. The consumer confidence indicator is an arithmetic mean of the balances of the expectations about […]

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Poll: Bulgarian business climate drops in October 2016

By   5 months ago

A regular poll by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI) found a more negative view of the Bulgarian business climate in October 2016, down by 1.3 percentage points compared with September, mainly because of more negative perceptions in industry and the retail trade. While a more unfavourable business climate was registered in industry and the retail […]

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Finance Ministry: Bulgaria gets ‘high marks’ from World Bank, IMF

By   6 months ago

Sofia, October 8, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria received high marks from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for its fiscal policy and accelerated economic growth in the past year and a half, the Finance Ministry said on October 8. The ministry said that the positive […]

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Bulgarian voters from Turkey divert via Greece as ‘patriots’ again protest at Turkish border

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  Bulgarian passport-holders coming into the country to vote in the March 26 elections would now be coming via Greece instead of directly across the border because of planned blockades by Bulgarian nationalists, reports on March 24 said. The nationalist United Patriots coalition again staged blockades of Bulgaria’s border crossings with Turkey on March 24, […]

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Prosecutor-General: Bulgaria will not extradite border policemen wanted by Turkey on murder, manslaughter charges

By   3 days ago

  Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov said on March 22 that Bulgaria will not extradite to Turkey four border policemen wanted by Ankara on murder charges in connection with the 2008 death of a poacher. Tsatsarov said that according to the European Convention to which Turkey is a party, Bulgaria is not obliged to hand over the […]

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Bulgaria elections 2017: Foreign Ministry announces 371 polling stations in 70 foreign countries

By   4 days ago

  There will be a total of 371 polling stations in 70 foreign countries for Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 early parliamentary elections, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said on March 21. More than 45 000 notifications of intention to vote in a foreign country were submitted, the largest number from Bulgarian citizens in Turkey, 19 […]

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Tensions rise between Bulgaria and Turkey

By   7 days ago

  Turkey’s intervention in the upcoming elections of March 26 in Bulgaria has caused a diplomatic incident between the two countries. Bulgaria called their Ambassador to Ankara Nadejda Neynski back to Sofia, for consultations according to turkish newspaper Hurriyet. The decision was taken based on information gathered concerning Turkey’s intervention in the country’s interior. Last […]

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Turkey continues to loom large in concerns about Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections

By   1 week ago

  Amid continuing controversy over concerns about interference by Turkey in Bulgaria’s March 26 early parliamentary elections, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said that steps were being taken to counter such interference. Asked on March 17 what steps these were, he referred the question to Stefan Yanev, the caretaker deputy prime minister in charge of […]

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Bulgaria prepares to react to voter bussing-in, hacker attacks during March 2017 parliamentary election

By   1 week ago

  Bulgaria’s caretaker government and Central Election Commission are developing options to react to situations on the March 26 election day such as clusters of buses of voters coming over the border, and hacker attacks. Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, who is in the charge of the interim administration role in preparations for the […]

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Thousands of migrants ‘disappear’ from Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry, refugee agency centres – report

By   2 weeks ago

  Thousands of migrants have “disappeared” from Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry distribution centres and State Agency for Refugees camps in the past six months, while European Union countries to the west want Bulgaria to take more than 10 000 people back, a report on March 13 said. Those who had “disappeared” probably managed to cross the […]

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Bulgaria and Romania to hold talks in coming weeks on border crossings – caretaker PM Gerdzhikov

By   2 weeks ago

  The governments of Bulgaria and Romania will hold talks in April at the latest on overall conditions regarding all border crossings between the two countries, Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said during a March 11 visit to the Danube Bridge border crossing in Rousse. Gerdzhikov said that plans are that by the end […]

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Bulgarian voters from Turkey divert via Greece as ‘patriots’ again protest at Turkish border

By   1 day ago

  Bulgarian passport-holders coming into the country to vote in the March 26 elections would now be coming via Greece instead of directly across the border because of planned blockades by Bulgarian nationalists, reports on March 24 said. The nationalist United Patriots coalition again staged blockades of Bulgaria’s border crossings with Turkey on March 24, […]

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Prosecutor-General: Bulgaria will not extradite border policemen wanted by Turkey on murder, manslaughter charges

By   3 days ago

  Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov said on March 22 that Bulgaria will not extradite to Turkey four border policemen wanted by Ankara on murder charges in connection with the 2008 death of a poacher. Tsatsarov said that according to the European Convention to which Turkey is a party, Bulgaria is not obliged to hand over the […]

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Bulgaria elections 2017: Foreign Ministry announces 371 polling stations in 70 foreign countries

By   4 days ago

  There will be a total of 371 polling stations in 70 foreign countries for Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 early parliamentary elections, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said on March 21. More than 45 000 notifications of intention to vote in a foreign country were submitted, the largest number from Bulgarian citizens in Turkey, 19 […]

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Bulgaria prepares to react to voter bussing-in, hacker attacks during March 2017 parliamentary election

By   1 week ago

  Bulgaria’s caretaker government and Central Election Commission are developing options to react to situations on the March 26 election day such as clusters of buses of voters coming over the border, and hacker attacks. Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, who is in the charge of the interim administration role in preparations for the […]

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Thousands of migrants ‘disappear’ from Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry, refugee agency centres – report

By   2 weeks ago

  Thousands of migrants have “disappeared” from Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry distribution centres and State Agency for Refugees camps in the past six months, while European Union countries to the west want Bulgaria to take more than 10 000 people back, a report on March 13 said. Those who had “disappeared” probably managed to cross the […]

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CIA tracked 150 Bulgarian IP addresses, including of large tech firms and banks – Wikileaks

By   2 weeks ago

  Among the thousands of IP addresses around the world monitored by the United States’s Central Intelligence Agency, there were 150 in Bulgaria, Bulgarian National Television said in a report on Wikileaks’ “Vault 7” batch of documents. The IP addresses in Bulgaria that were monitored included those of large telecommunications companies, internet service providers, banks […]

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Bulgarian municipalities ignore EU-funded refugee integration scheme

By   2 weeks ago

  No Bulgarian municipality has applied to take part in an EU-funded scheme that provides funds to assist in integration of refugees, reports on March 8 said. The funding is available to settlements on a per capita basis for refugees accepted and provided with housing, employment and health care, but no municipality has submitted documents […]

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Publishers of new Bulgarian satirical publication to approach competition watchdog over distribution problems

By   3 weeks ago

  The team behind a new Bulgarian satirical publication, Prass Press – billed by supporters as a Bulgarian equivalent of France’s Charlie Hebdo – said on March 4 that they would approach the Competition Protection Commission over distributors’ failure to provide their paper to would-be readers. Prass Press publishing team is made up of cartoonists […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Bulgaria’s Pironkova wins in Australian Open first round, women’s seeds tumble

By   2 years ago

Sofia, January 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s top female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova made a flying start in the Australian Open, the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, defeating the British number one Heather Watson in straight sets 6-4, 6-0. Both players came into the […]

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Thirteen arrested after brawl at Levski – Partizan Belgrade basketball match

By   2 years ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Thirteen people were arrested a fight in the stands between fans at a Levski Sofia – Partizan Belgrade basketball match, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on November 16 2014. Levski faces sanctions over the incident, in which police had to intervene after the private security firm hired for the […]

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Bulgaria’s Euro 2016 qualifying chances dwindle

By   2 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s national football team lost twice in the span of four days to see its chances of qualification to the 2016 European championship final tournament drastically reduced. After losing to Croatia 0-1 in Sofia on October 10, the team was expected to put up more of a […]

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Bulgaria makes winning start to Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

By   3 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe A late goal from substitute Ventsislav Hristov gave Bulgaria a 2-1 win away against Azerbaijan in its first qualifying match for the 2016 European football championship. Missing key players both in defence and attack, Bulgaria started the game slowly and the hosts had the better chances to […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov left to rue missed opportunities as he exits US Open

By   3 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Grigor Dimitrov’s run at the US Open came to an end in the fourth round with a loss to Frenchman Gael Monfils in straight sets 5-7, 6-7, 5-7 on September 2. Dimitrov came into the match favoured, but there was little to separate the two players early […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov bounces back to advance to US Open fourth round

By   3 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Grigor Dimitrov recovered after dropping the first set against David Goffin of Belgium to advance to the fourth round of US Open late on August 31, setting up a clash against Frenchman Gael Monfils. The match had to be rescheduled from the Arthur Ashe stadium and seventh-seed […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov scores first US Open win

By   3 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov notched his first win at the US Open, defeating American wild-card Ryan Harrison in straight sets to win his first career match at Flushing Meadows late on August 27. Dimitrov had lost in the first round of the last tennis Grand Slam tournament of […]

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