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Ombudsman: Burqas Ban Should Be about Discrimination, Not National Security

Bulgaria's National Ombudsman Maya Manolova has warned that restrictions to wearing full-face veils, introduced on some cities, should not be justified with national security as they are unlikely to address the issue.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | May 11, 2016, Wednesday // 12:02 | Viewed: 2436

Bulgarian Intelligence ex-Head: Free Visa Regime w/ Turkey 'Threatens National Security'

Visa liberalization with Turkey poses a new threat to Bulgarian national security, Kircho Kirov, the former chair of the national security service, has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | May 9, 2016, Monday // 12:30 | Viewed: 1246

The Zero-Sum Game of Bulgaria's Election Rules

Bulgarian lawmakers passed so many changes to the country's election laws in the last couple of weeks that protesters sounded a bit unsure which new rule to slam first.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | May 3, 2016, Tuesday // 10:39 | Viewed: 5887

Bulgaria's Migrant Hunters: Just a Symptom of Flawed Governance

Bulgaria increasingly looks like a land left to the mercy of fate.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | April 12, 2016, Tuesday // 14:23 | Viewed: 12037

Ilian Todorov: EU Doesn't Bar Us from Building Fence with Greece

An interview with Iliyan Todorov, an MP from ATAKA party.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | April 7, 2016, Thursday // 17:16 | Viewed: 4584

Graham Watson: Time for Europe to take Closer Look at Bokova

UNESCO head Irina Bokova is the best candidate to take over the United Nations Secretary General, Sir Graham Watson, MEP and former head of the liberal party, writes.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | March 17, 2016, Thursday // 10:27 | Viewed: 7429

Mehmet Ömer: Turkey's Political Islam Brings Harm to Pious People

Political Islam in Turkey has brought heavy harm on devout religious people in Turkey, Mehmet Ömer, Editor-in-Chief of Zaman Bulgaria, has said in an opinion piece for BGNES wire service.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | March 8, 2016, Tuesday // 12:37 | Viewed: 5681

Ex-Ambassador to Moscow: Bulgaria Is Battleground for Turkey, Russia

Bulgaria should not be surprised by its role as an area of collision between Turkey and Russia, former Ambassador to Moscow Ilian Vassilev opined.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | February 25, 2016, Thursday // 11:23 | Viewed: 8236

Why Bokova's Nomination as Bulgarian UN Top Job Candidate Makes Sense

Bulgaria officially endorsed Irina Bokova as “its” candidate to take over as UN Secretary General from Ban Ki-moon from January 01, 2017.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | February 10, 2016, Wednesday // 12:27 | Viewed: 8255

Bulgaria Runs Risk by Not Submitting UN Top Job Candidacy - ex-FM

Bulgaria's delay in submitting a candidate to take over as UN Secretary General could dash Eastern Europe's chances for the office, former Foreign Minister Solomon Passy has said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | January 18, 2016, Monday // 13:36 | Viewed: 6001

Is Overgas Crisis 'a Plot against Govt' or 'a Plot against Overgas'?

Overgas, Bulgaria's biggest private gas supplier, is currently counting on deliveries from state-owned Bulgargaz to fulfill the needs of its customers.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | January 4, 2016, Monday // 15:23 | Viewed: 4442

Former Bulgarian FM: Involving Geopolitics in Intra-Party Conflicts Is Dangerous

Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov warned against the dangers of justifying an intra-party conflict with geopolitics.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 28, 2015, Monday // 17:11 | Viewed: 3933

No Angels in the Battle for Bulgaria's Judicial Reform

Assumptions that the judicial reform has largely failed in Bulgaria are yet to stand or fail the test of time. The following overview of last week’s developments, one that requires some patience, is an attempt to explain why.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 15, 2015, Tuesday // 10:01 | Viewed: 4484

Bulgaria President 'Plans to Replace Bokova as Candidate for Un Top Job'

A pollster head has suggested Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is hoping for the replacement of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova with EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as a contender to take over the UN's top job next year.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 12, 2015, Saturday // 14:34 | Viewed: 3885

Bulgaria FM: EU Migrant Quotas Looking Ludicrous

Sofia will abide by its commitments to relocate migrants from the Middle East, but in light of recent developments the quota plan looks ludicrous at the moment, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 22, 2015, Sunday // 16:30 | Viewed: 7637

The Only Question Mark after Bulgaria's Local Elections

As we noted a week before the local elections held in Bulgaria on October 25 and November 1, Novinite wasn't really committed to in-depth coverage of the campaign and that was done on purpose. No substantial debate, no real battles of either personalities

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 4, 2015, Wednesday // 11:03 | Viewed: 7357

Why Low Turnout in Bulgaria’s E-Voting Referendum Is Really Disturbing

Go to any local pub or café in Sofia, pick a table, open a book and pretend to read while easvesdropping on tables next to you.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 29, 2015, Thursday // 08:00 | Viewed: 6453

Bulgaria Migrant Death: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

We know so little about the death of an Afghan migrant in Bulgaria we cannot afford taking "sides".

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 18, 2015, Sunday // 18:23 | Viewed: 7132

Migrant's Death in Bulgaria Calls into Question Turkey's Aid Request - MEP

Bulgarian MEP Svetoslav Malinov (EPP) has cast doubt over whether Ankara "deserves" the additional EUR 2-3 B it demands to tackle the migrant crisis.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 16, 2015, Friday // 12:54 | Viewed: 4686

Bulgaria as a Movie Setting? New Promotion Video Leaves Public Divided

A commercial video aimed at promoting Bulgaria as a tourist destination and officially unveiled on Sunday has left Bulgarians polarized.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 13, 2015, Tuesday // 11:34 | Viewed: 5311

Ivan Krastev: 'Kremlin Is in Syria for Pedagogical Reasons'

The notion of Russia as a “spoiling power” is a popular sentiment these days in Washington, Ivan Krastev, chairman of Bulgaria-based Center for Liberal Strategies, writes in the The New York Times.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | October 8, 2015, Thursday // 12:32 | Viewed: 5083