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28 March 2017, Issue 4809
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Radan Kanev Resigns As Leader of New Republic


Radan Kanev has resigned as leader of the coalition New Republic. He will do the same as leader of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) later on Monday afternoon. read
CEC: GERB Wins 21 Regions, BSP - 6, DPS - 3


The Central Elections Commission has announced the results from the elections according to regions with processed protocols on the spot at nearly 100%, reported BGNES. read
Results on the Votes Abroad: GERB – 24.50%, DOST – 17.38


GERB shows a result of 24.50% of the votes of Bulgarians outside the country. The second position is for DOST – 17.read
 
 
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Prosecutor's Office Initiates 91 Pre-trial Proceedings for Violations of Voting Rights

GERB - 32.64%, BSP - 27.12% with 98.50% Processed Protocols

Latest CEC data: 5 Political Parties Will Enter Parliament

Veselin Mareshki, Volya: First We Will Have Talks with United Patriots

United Patriots Not Happy with the Election Results

Bulgaria Marks World Theater Day with Ikar Awards

Serbian PM: Meeting with Putin of Exceptional Importance For Serbia

Le Pen: EU Will Die, Globalists Will Be Defeated

Turkish Media on Bulgaria's Snap Elections

Albania Makes Public State Security Files From Hoxha's Regime


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Bulgaria to Participate in ITB Berlin

No Bulgarian MEP in Politico's Yearly EP Ranking
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WITH SNAP ELECTIONS OVER, IT IS PRESIDENT RADEV'S MOVE

At nearly 100% of processed protocols from voting sections, five political parties will enter the 44th Parliament, while GEB is again the leading political force.

After the Central Election Commission (CEC) announces the official results of the snap elections for parliamentary deputies, the deadline for which is March 30, it is President Rumen Radev’s move. read more


FINANCE

EUROPE'S LARGEST BANKS DECLARE 26% OF PROFITS IN TAX HAVENS

The twenty largest European banks declare a quarter of their profits in tax haven zones, preferring Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Ireland, reported BGNES.

This was shown in a survey of the British non-governmental organisation Oxfam, published on Monday and cited by AFP. read more


DOMESTIC

SLAVI TRIFONOV TO POLITICIANS: I GIVE YOU TWO WEEKS

A few hours after the first official results from the snap parliamentary elections became known, TV show host Slavi Trifonov threatened the new Parliament with protests unless, in two weeks, it starts working on amendments to the Electoral Code related to the referendum initiated by his team on mandatory voting, a majoritarian system and reduction of party subsidies.

“If, in two weeks, you do not start working on this issue, at the beginning of the third week, I will come to the building of Parliament in order to seek my civil rights,” wrote Trifonov in an open letter circulated to the media. read more


ONLY ONE PARTY OUT OF PARLIAMENT TO RECEIVE SUBSIDY AFTER SNAP ELECTIONS

Only one of the parties which do not enter Parliament – Vazrazhdane (Revival) has a result of over 1% (1.08%) and will receive a party subsidy according to data of the Central Election Commission at 98.50% processed protocols.

All the rest which received subsidies until now participate in coalitions and will have to part with real estate provided for them by the state as well. read more


45 FOREIGN NATIONALS DETAINED ON THE BORDER IN THE PERIOD 24-27 MARCH 2017

45 citizens of third countries were detained at the Bulgarian border between 24 and 27 March 2017, the press centre of Chief Directorate Border Police announced.

The situation at the state border of the Republic of Bulgaria is for the period from 06:00 Bulgarian time on March 24 until 06:00 Bulgarian time on March 27, 2017. 8 persons attempting to enter the country on the Bulgarian-Turkish green borders were caught.

A total of 37 people were detained while attempting to illegally leave the country, out of which 36 at the green border (33 on the Bulgarian-Serbian, and 3 on the Bulgarian-Turkish border), and 1 person at a border checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Serbian border.

Due to imposed coercive measures and fake documents, 20 foreign nationals were prohibited from entering the country at border checkpoints, while 23 Bulgarian citizens, 1 EU citizen, and 1 foreign national were prohibited to leave the country read more


MARESHKI TO SUPPROT CABINET ONLY IN RETURN FOR MINISTERIAL POSTS

Volya’s leader Veselin Mareshki has stated at a special press conference on Monday that he would not simply support a government but he would participate in such a government with ministerial positions.

Mareshki underlined that he would not play the role of the Patriotic Front in the last Parliament when the party supported the government but did not participate in the cabinet with personalities. read more


NEW EARLY ELECTIONS DURING THIS OR NEXT YEAR WOULD HAVE SERIOUS POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES

''New early elections in Bulgaria during this or the next year would have serious political consequences'', commented political scientist Prof Antoniy Galabov, according to Focus News.

“The first opportunity for such a scenario to happen without it having a devastating effect for the country is during the autumn of next year, and this is so not only because of Bulgaria’s EU presidency, but mostly because of the agenda of the Bulgarian society itself,” Professor Antoniy Galabov commented.

According to him, it currently important to achieve a reasonable framework for a coalition agreement, a format in which the governing of the country could increase its efficiency. 

He also said that coalition agreement is especially important during the current 5-party parliament, as it would outline the zones of disagreement, but also the borders of this majority read more


GERB - 32.66%, BSP - 27.19% AT 99.98% PROCESSED PROTOCOLS

The Central Election commission published at 12:45 hrs on March 27 the results from 99.98% of protocols from section electoral commissions processed by regional electoral commissions.

According to CEC, parties, coalitions and independent candidates have the following results: read more


RADAN KANEV RESIGNS AS LEADER OF NEW REPUBLIC

Radan Kanev has resigned as leader of the coalition New Republic. He will do the same as leader of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) later on Monday afternoon.

The politician stated that he is resigning not only because of New Republic’s weak result but also so that the right-wing may get united in the near future. Kanev pointed out that he considers himself to be an obstacle to such unification. read more


CEC: GERB WINS 21 REGIONS, BSP - 6, DPS - 3

The Central Elections Commission has announced the results from the elections according to regions with processed protocols on the spot at nearly 100%, reported BGNES.

BSP won in six regions – Vidin, Veliko Tarnovo, Dobrich, Montana, Pleven, Yambol. read more


GERB - 32.64%, BSP - 27.12% WITH 98.50% PROCESSED PROTOCOLS

The Central Election commission published data at 10:00 hrs on March 27 with 98.50% of the protocols of section electoral commissions having been processed by regional electoral commissions.

According to CEC data, parties, coalitions and independent candidates have the following results: read more


PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE INITIATES 91 PRE-TRIAL PROCEEDINGS FOR VIOLATIONS OF VOTING RIGHTS

91 pre-trial proceedings for violations of the voting rights of citizens have been initiated in the country during the snap elections for the 44th Parliament, announced the Prosecutor’s Office.

The greatest number of pre-trial proceedings have been initiated in Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia and Varna. read more


RESULTS ON THE VOTES ABROAD: GERB – 24.50%, DOST – 17.38

GERB shows a result of 24.50% of the votes of Bulgarians outside the country.

The second position is for DOST – 17.38%, followed by the BSP – 12.76%, The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) with 11.98%.

Yes, Bulgaria receives the support of 10.04% of Bulgarian nationals abroad, while the result of the United Patriots is 7.18%.

These are the figures from 98.65 percent of section protocols from the vote abroad. read more


VESELIN MARESHKI, VOLYA: FIRST WE WILL HAVE TALKS WITH UNITED PATRIOTS

The leader of Volya ("Will") Veselin Mareshki announced for Nova TV that  firstly they would have talks with the "United patriots" and then will have  talks with GERB. He added that currently the real governance seems to be in the right political spectrum. In his words Volya is ready to support GERB, but only under certain conditions.

''So far I have not heard  anybody from the political parties. We will wait for the results and then we will expect a call from them. If it is depending on us, we will place conditions that are good for the country'', said Mareshki read more


LATEST CEC DATA: 5 POLITICAL PARTIES WILL ENTER PARLIAMENT

The Central Electoral Commission announces that according to the results from the processed 89.73% of the protocols from the section election commissions, the new Bulgarian parliament will consist of 5 political forces.

GERB won 32.58% of the votes.

Coalition "BSP for Bulgaria" - 26.82%.

Coalition "United Patriots - NFSB, attack and VMRO" - 9,17%.

DPS - 8.93%, and the party "Will" - 4.11%.

Below the 4% threshold to enter parliament are Coalition "Yes, Bulgaria" (Greens DEOS) with 3.06%.

Coalition "Reformist bloc - People's Voice" with 3.02%, quite by 3.00%, "New Republic" 2.59 %.
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NEW YORK TIMES: BULGARIA’S EX-PREMIER NEARS RETURN TO POWER IN A KEY ELECTION FOR EUROPE

The former prime minister of Bulgaria verged on retaking power Sunday as his center-right party held a narrow lead in a contested election, a sign that Bulgarians still see their future lying with the EU, according to New York Times.

While official results were not expected until Monday, it appeared that the former leader, Boyko Borisov, would form a new government in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member, probably in a coalition with an alliance of smaller right-wing nationalist parties. read more


UNITED PATRIOTS NOT HAPPY WITH THE ELECTION RESULTS

The co-chairman of the Coalition “United Patriots – NFSB, VMRO and Ataka” – Valeri Simeonov voiced dissatisfaction with the results the formation obtains and admitted that he expected them to be higher, according to BNR.

Meanwhile the politician said he is satisfied with the fact that through the protest actions along the border with Turkey, the Patriots succeeded to prevent quite a number of buses of voters to enter Bulgaria from Turkey. However, he refused to comment whether these protests have increased or reduced the election results of the formation.

We are ready to negotiate with all Bulgarian parties, because life itself and the expectations of the people impose the need of unification. We are people of dialogue and we are capable of reaching consensus. We enter all kinds of negotiations with good will, Simeonov further pointed out. read more


ENVIRONMENT

MIHALKOVO: THE ONLY COMPANY FOR NATURALLY AERATED WATER IN BULGARIA

Mihalkovo" AD is one of the oldest manufacturers of bottled mineral water in Bulgaria - already 61 years production and bottled favorite of generations of Bulgarians naturally aerated water "Mihalkovo" which springs from 70 m depth with a temperature of 24 ° C.

The water Mihalkovo springs from the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, 2 km east of the village of Mihalkovo and has almost 80 years long tradition.

There are only three mineral springs in the world, whose water is close in composition, taste and qualities to this in Mihalkovo: Vichy France, Borjomi in Georgia and Fahingen in Germany.

Flowing out of the surface, mineral water "Mihalkovo" passes through various rocks, soils and minerals and absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) in a natural way.

The unique mix of diverse and useful health essential components such as minerals and microelements, combined with the natural content of carbon dioxide determines the high healing efficiency of the water and make it an indispensable companion in the struggle against the negatives of modern life. read more


CULTURE

BULGARIA MARKS WORLD THEATER DAY WITH IKAR AWARDS

The Bulgarian Actors Union is organizing on Monday its annual ceremony for bestowing the "IKAR" awards on the occasion of the International Day of Theater.

The ceremony, which in 2017 is dedicated to several anniversaries this time will be held under the dome of the circus "Balkan" in the new park "Vuzrajdane", announced the organizers of the event.

120 years Bulgarian circus art, 95 years of the Bulgarian Actors Union, and celebrating the 95th birthday of the actress Stoyanka Mutafova - these are the three main anniversaries to be honored with this year's "IKAR".

The awards include best director, leading male and female role, supporting roles, overall contribution, director's debut, actor's debut, puppets' mastership, music, theater marketing and management, and others.

The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.
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WORLD

TRUMP HANDS MERKEL USD 375 B BILL

President Donald Trump has handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for USD 375 B owed by Germany to NATO, reported Sunday Times, cited by TASS.

A minister in the government told the newspaper that, at the recent meeting between the two leaders in the White House, Merkel was strongly surprised to learn that Germany owes this amount to the alliance for the guarantees it gives for Germany’s security. read more


WALL STREET JOURNAL: DEFEATED SOCIALISTS FORCE GERB TO ADOPT MILDER STANCE ON RUSSIA

Bulgaria’s centre-right party won yesterday’s parliamentary elections, winning a victory over an opposition which is trying to direct the country, a member of the EU, towards a rapprochement with Russia. Politicians who are worried by Russian influence in Eastern Europe applauded the unofficial results as a rejection of this view, wrote The Wall Street Journal.

Bulgaria’s elections were followed closely in order to gain an idea as to what extent public opinion in Eastern Europe views favourably the normalisation of ties with Russia which has had sanctions imposed on it due to the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, noted the daily and reminded readers of the cultural and historical ties between Bulgaria and Russia. read more


SERBIAN PM: MEETING WITH PUTIN OF EXCEPTIONAL IMPORTANCE FOR SERBIA

The upcoming talks between Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday are extremely important for Serbia, the Serbian premier told the Radio Television of Serbia public broadcaster, TASS agency reports.

"The meeting with the Russian president is of exceptional political, economic and any other significance for Serbia. Frequent meetings with the Russian leaders show that we have good relations and are developing them. We try to find new models, new ways, new regime to establish advanced forms of cooperation," said Vucic for whom Monday’s meeting with the Russian leader will be the tenth one. read more


BRITAIN EXTENDS TALKS TO END N. IRELAND STALEMATE

The British government on Monday gave Northern Ireland's squabbling parties extra time to reach a deal to end their stalemate and form a power-sharing executive, after a deadline to do so expired, AFP reported.

"We now have a short window of opportunity," Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said in Belfast, adding that the parties had "a short few weeks". read more


EU

LE PEN: EU WILL DIE, GLOBALISTS WILL BE DEFEATED

The candidate for president of France Marine Le Pen has stated that the European Union will die and that globalists will be defeated.

At an election meeting in Lille, she accused her rivals in the elections – Emmanuel Macron and François Fillon of betrayal because of their political platforms in support of the EU and market economy. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

TURKISH MEDIA ON BULGARIA'S SNAP ELECTIONS

Corruption, social inequality, xenophobia and hatred of foreigners on the one hand and, on the other hand, pressure, rudeness and obstacles against Turks with dual citizenship who wanted to go to Bulgaria in order to vote there, wrote the online edition Haberler and added that there was tension, discontent and scandals due to the insufficient number of voting sections in Turkey.

A policy of obstacles and obstruction, commented Hürriyet on the reduction of the number of voting sections for voters in Turkey from 141 in the past to 35 now. read more


ALBANIA MAKES PUBLIC STATE SECURITY FILES FROM HOXHA'S REGIME

Albania’s government has made public the files of the sinister Directorate of State Security Sigurimi from the time ofthe communist dictator Enver Hoxha, reported BGNES.

There are millions of documents collected in tens of thousands of files of people persecuted by the regime. read more


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: 1/3 OF JAILED JOURNALISTS ARE HELD IN TURKEY

The international non-governmental organisation Amnesty International has called on Turkey’s government to stop its repressions against the media and to release jailed journalists in the country, reported Voice of America, cited by Focus agency.

“At the moment, Turkey is jailing more journalists than any other country. One-third of all jailed journalists in the world are being held in Turkey,” stated an announcement by the organisation. read more


VOTING OF TURKS ABROAD IN CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM BEGINS

Voting of Turkish citizens abroad in the referendum for constitutional amendments on April 16 started on Monday.

Voting sections have been opened at Turkey’s border cross checkpoints and in Europe, at airports and ports. read more


RUSSIA

EU URGES RUSSIA TO RELEASE PROTESTERS 'WITHOUT DELAY'

The European Union urged Russia "to release without delay" what it said in a statement were "peaceful demonstrators" detained a day earlier during nationwide protests against corruption, AFP reported. 

On Sunday Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow, BBC reports.

Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations.

At least 500 other protesters were detained in the capital and across the country.

Most of the marches were illegal, organised without official permission. read more



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