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Legalists: Estates of Bulgaria's Tsar Unlawfully Returned

Legal experts hired by the Bulgarian government to assess the legality of the return of the monarch's estates to Bulgaria's ex-Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, have pronounced that all but one of them have been unlawfully given back.

Politics » Domestic | January 11, 2011, Tuesday // 17:19 | Viewed: 2143

Bulgaria's Right, Left Univocal in Dissing Govt's Rule of Law Record

Bulgaria's traditional arch-rivals, the rightist Blue Coalition and the Bulgarian Socialist Party, have independently issued indignant statements of protest against the level of unmotivated secret surveillance of state officials.

Politics » Domestic | January 11, 2011, Tuesday // 16:07 | Viewed: 1343

Bulgarian Interior Launches Internal 'Tapegate' Probe

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry is conducting an internal probe in connection with the leaked tapes of conversations between individuals holding key positions in Bulgaria, Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, informs.

Politics » Domestic | January 11, 2011, Tuesday // 15:18 | Viewed: 1077

Bulgaria Customs Boss: Ruling Party Members Try to Influence Me

Members of the Bulgarian GERB ruling party have been trying to influence director Vanyo Tanov on appointments in the Customs Agency, according to Tanov himself.

Politics » Domestic | January 11, 2011, Tuesday // 14:49 | Viewed: 1112

Bulgarian Customs Head: New Discrediting Tapes Totally Fake

Bulgaria's Customs Agency director Vanyo Tanov has declared that the two new discrediting tapes of his phone conversations with key MPs leaked to the public Monday are totally fake.

Politics » Domestic | January 10, 2011, Monday // 19:44 | Viewed: 1054

Bulgarian Govt Appoints New Deputy Interior Minister

Commissar Dimitar Georgiev has been appointed as a new Deputy Interior Minister by the Bulgarian government after his predecessor had to quit for having a background in the communist-era services.

Politics » Domestic | January 10, 2011, Monday // 18:49 | Viewed: 1610

Bulgaria's 'Spy Gate' Tapes Found to Be Illegal

The tapes of conversations between Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, his Deputy, Vladislav Goranov, and the Head of the Customs Agency, General Vanyo Tanov, were made by the use of special surveillance devices.

Politics » Domestic | January 10, 2011, Monday // 14:36 | Viewed: 1353

Bulgaria's Right-Wing: 'Tanovgate' Impacts National Security

Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov has no right to spy on any Bulgarian citizen, including ministers, said the leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, Ivan Kostov.

Politics » Domestic | January 10, 2011, Monday // 14:02 | Viewed: 1156

Bulgaria's 'Tanovgate' Spying Scandal Expands

The scandal stemming from taped phone conversations of the Head of Bulgaria's Customs Agency, General Vanyo Tanov, expanded Monday to include two Members of the Parliament from the ruling GERB party.

Politics » Domestic | January 10, 2011, Monday // 12:45 | Viewed: 1272

Bulgaria's 'Octopus' Launches Presidential Bid

Bulgaria's political party "New Force" issued Monday a declaration they support the presidential bid of former special agent of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) and controversial businessman, Aleksei Petrov.

Politics » Domestic | January 10, 2011, Monday // 10:54 | Viewed: 1189

Bulgarian Justice Minister Firmly Opposes Illegal Spying

The use of special surveillance devices and spying is absolutely inadmissible when it does not have legal grounds, Bulgaria's Justice Minister, Margarita Popova, says.

Politics » Domestic | January 9, 2011, Sunday // 18:42 | Viewed: 1476

Helsinki Committee Protests Bulgarian Politician's Antisemitic Books

The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee has protested against the recent reprint of Volen Siderov, chairman of the far right party Ataka's antisemitic books.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2011, Friday // 13:03 | Viewed: 1734

Bulgaria Ex Interior Minister: Customs Agency Head 'Prepared' for Wiretapping

The head of the Bulgarian Customs Agency has shared certain pieces of information in his phone conversations since he has known he has been spied on, according to ex Interior Minister Rumen Petkov.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2011, Friday // 12:15 | Viewed: 1576

Customs Agency Ex Head: Bulgarian MPs Involved in 'Tape Gate'

MPs have been involved in the latest Bulgaian Customs Agency scandal, according to the agency's former Deputy Head Antoni Strandzhev.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2011, Friday // 10:12 | Viewed: 1285

The Bulgaria 2010 Review: Domestic Politics

2010 began full-throttle with the GERB cabinet's determined efforts in the two directions set for its top priorities: the fight against crime, and economic recovery. End of 2010 we can see priorities significantly shifted to a third topic – infrastructure

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 22:55 | Viewed: 3173

Bulgaria's Blue Rightists Slam Govt over Surveillance

Bulgaria is coming closer to a 1984 situation and away from the rule of law, according Martin Dimitrov, co-leader of the rightist Blue Coalition.

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 19:56 | Viewed: 1632

Analyst: Bulgarian State Spends Big on Senseless Spying

Bulgarian economists have criticised the cabinet on surveillance spending amid a scandal that unfolded over leaked secret tapes suggesting quarrels between the country's two vice-PMs.

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 17:51 | Viewed: 1820

Sofia Prosecutor's Office to Investigate Tape Scandal

The Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has started pre-trial proceedings regarding the tapes of discrediting conversations between key Bulgarian political personalities.

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 17:13 | Viewed: 1214

'Fallen Out' Bulgarian Top Officials Stage Display of Affection

Bulgaria's two vice-PMs - Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov and FinMin Simeon Djankov - together with customs head Vanyo Tanov made a public showing together inspecting the uncovering of a large shipment of contraband cigarettes.

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 15:59 | Viewed: 1288

Bulgarian President Condemns 'Tape Gate'

Bulgaria's President, Georgi Parvanov, declared Thursday he expected serious changes after the latest scandal involving tapes of discrediting conversations between some of Bulgaria's key political figures.

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 13:38 | Viewed: 1140

Bulgarian FinMin Downplays Tape Scandal

Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, declared Thursday the Director of the Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov, is keeping his post.

Politics » Domestic | January 6, 2011, Thursday // 11:22 | Viewed: 1314
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