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

By   /  24/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social, TR Politics, TR Social, Turkey  /  No Comments

  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   /  22/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, Social, TR Politics, TR Social, Turkey  /  No Comments

  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   /  21/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, Social  /  No Comments

  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   /  15/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social  /  No Comments

  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   /  13/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social  /  No Comments

  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   /  10/03/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Social  /  Comments Off on CIA tracked 150 Bulgarian IP addresses, including of large tech firms and banks – Wikileaks

  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   /  08/03/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian municipalities ignore EU-funded refugee integration scheme

  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   /  06/03/2017  /  BG Business, BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Business, Politics, Social  /  Comments Off on Publishers of new Bulgarian satirical publication to approach competition watchdog over distribution problems

  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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Stronger Border Control: Maltese Presidency secures Council position on establishing EU Entry-Exit System

By   /  02/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Croatia, CY Politics, CY Social, Cyprus, GR Politics, GR Social, Greece, HR Politics, HR Social, Politics, RO Politics, RO Social, SI Politics, SI Social, Slovenia, Social  /  Comments Off on Stronger Border Control: Maltese Presidency secures Council position on establishing EU Entry-Exit System

  On 2 March 2017, EU Ambassadors endorsed a Council position needed to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a proposal for an Entry-Exit System which will strengthen border control and security in the EU. The agreement by Member States comes after the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU worked hard over […]

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Most Bulgarian school pupils are learning English as a second language, Russian runs second

By   /  24/02/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Social  /  Comments Off on Most Bulgarian school pupils are learning English as a second language, Russian runs second

Close to 99 per cent of Bulgarian school pupils are learning a second language, and of these, 87 per cent are studying English, according to figures for the year 2015 released by European Union statistics office Eurostat. Just more than 83 per cent of school pupils in Bulgaria were learning a single second language, while […]

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