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23 May 2016, Issue 4547
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Austria's Presidential Vote 'Too Close to Call'


The two candidates in Austria's presidential elections are running neck and neck in the second round of the vote held on Sunday. read
Egypt Sends Submarine to Find Missing Flight MS804’s Black Boxes


Egypt has sent a submarine to search for the black boxes of the crashed EgyptAir Airbus A320, the country’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said. read
UNESCO Head Bokova Denies Speculation She Might Run for Bulgarian President


UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has denied speculation that she intended to run for President of Bulgaria in the forthcoming elections. read
 
 
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Thorbjørn Jagland: ECHR Ruling on Turkey's Terror Laws Can Help in Dispute with EU

No Injuries, Damage Reported after Earthquake near Bulgaria’s Sandanski

Bulgaria Socialists Name Legendary Film Actor as Deputy Chair

Bulgarian Police Detain 39 Irregular Migrants near Burgas

Bulgarian Man Detained over Arms Trafficking in Hungary

Total Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Top 190,000 in 2016 - IOM  

Tourist Trips by Bulgarian Residents Decrease 4.8% Y/Y in Q1 2016

Royal Clipper Arrives in Bulgaria’s Varna Port

Bulgaria MPs Turn Down Medical Cannabis Legalization


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Direct Investment into Bulgaria on the Rise Y/Y

A Third of Bulgarians Facing Energy Poverty
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BULGARIA 'MORE PREPARED THAN GERMANY' TO TACKLE MIGRANT INFLOW, FM SAYS

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov on Friday said his country was more ready to meet the inflow of migrants to a bigger extent than Germany "in a particular moment".

While in Brussels, Mitov commented on reports appearing in German mass-circulation daily Bild warning that a new people smuggling route was being opened via Bulgaria after the EU-Turkey deal was put into practice in April.

"Bulgaria is more ready for the migrant inflow that all the others," the Bulgarian News Agency quotes Mitov as saying.

The top diplomat of Bulgaria pointed to the decreased migratory pressure, reminding journalists that Bulgaria had demanded a "Plan B" within the EU-Turkey agreement.

In March, when the deal was secured, no mention was made in its wording of the worries of either Bulgaria or Cyprus (with the latter earlier raising concerns about the prospects of Turkey's EU membership). read more


TOURISM

TOURIST TRIPS BY BULGARIAN RESIDENTS DECREASE 4.8% Y/Y IN Q1 2016

A total of 550,200 Bulgarian residents made tourist trips in the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of 4.8% compared to the equivalent period of 2015, the state statistical office NSI has said.

Most tourists, 83.5%, travelled made trips in Bulgaria, 14.0% travelled only abroad and 2.5% travelled both in the country and abroad. read more


ROYAL CLIPPER ARRIVES IN BULGARIA’S VARNA PORT

The Royal Clipper, one of the world’s most luxurious sailing ships, has arrived in Bulgarian Black Sea port of Varna on Sunday, opening this year’s cruise season.

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the 4,425-tonne Royal Clipper is the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since the Preussen was launched in 1902 only to be gone shortly afterwards, according to Monaco-based company Star Clippers operating the vessel. read more


DOMESTIC

UNESCO HEAD BOKOVA DENIES SPECULATION SHE MIGHT RUN FOR BULGARIAN PRESIDENT

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has denied speculation that she intended to run for President of Bulgaria in the forthcoming elections.

Bokova, Bulgaria’s nomination for United Nations Secretary-General, said that her efforts were focused on winning the top UN position. read more


BULGARIA SOCIALISTS NAME LEGENDARY FILM ACTOR AS DEPUTY CHAIR

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has elected Stefan Danailov, a cinema actor who rose to fame in iconic Bulgarian productions and some foreign titles, as a deputy to newly elected leader Korneliya Ninova.

At its Saturday congress, the Executive Bureau (the core leadership) of the party has also elected fifteen new members now joining the main BSP structure, according to Focus News Agency.

These include journalist Aleksandar Simov (who works for Duma, the party newspaper), ex-intelligence head Brigo Asparuhov, Plovdiv-based businessman (and head of the local party structure) Georgi Gergov,  MEP Iliana Iotova, ex-Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev, and several others. read more


BULGARIA MPS TURN DOWN MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGALIZATION

Bulgarian lawmakers on Friday rejected the legalization of medical marijuana, with only three backing the proposal in a 240-seat Parliament.

Velizar Enchev, a former intelligence officer who was also a member of the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition before quitting a day after the elections, had submitted a bill that would have allowed the use of a spray that contains cannabis oil.

Enchev had repeatedly voiced support for research done by a number of scientists who say cannabis helps alleviate cancer and multiple sclerosis symptoms and mitigates the side effects of chemotherapy.

A number of EU countries already allow the use of medical cannabis, whose cultivation isolates and reduces the percentage of THC, the psychoactive substance.

As many as 70 lawmakers voted against, while 22 abstained. read more


ENVIRONMENT

EARTHQUAKE NEAR SANDANSKI JOLTS SOUTHWESTERN BULGARIA

An earghquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook southwestern Bulgaria on Sunday.

The epicenter of the tremor was 5 km northeast of Sandanski and 121 km south of Sofia at a depth of 8 km, according to initial information from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). read more


INCIDENTS

EGYPT SENDS SUBMARINE TO FIND MISSING FLIGHT MS804’S BLACK BOXES

Egypt has sent a submarine to search for the black boxes of the crashed EgyptAir Airbus A320, the country’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said.

"We are moving hard to retrieve the two boxes," the Egyptian President said in a televised address on Sunday which was his first public comments on the crash, the BBC reported. read more


NO INJURIES, DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER EARTHQUAKE NEAR BULGARIA’S SANDANSKI

No injuries to people or damage to property have been reported following an earthquake that shook southwestern Bulgaria on Sunday, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

The tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck at 1158 a.m. (0858 GMT) on Sunday, according to data from Bulgaria’s National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG). read more


CRIME

BULGARIAN MAN DETAINED OVER ARMS TRAFFICKING IN HUNGARY

The Bulgarian driver of a truck transporting arms was detained in Hungary, local media say.

The man was arrested after a customs inspection of the vehicle in the district of Bacs-Kuskun. read more


BULGARIAN POLICE DETAIN 39 IRREGULAR MIGRANTS NEAR BURGAS

Bulgarian police have detained 39 irregular migrants in a van on the road between Primorsko and Burgas, on the Black Sea coast, public radio broadcaster BNR reported on Saturday.

The migrants claimed to be Afghan origin. read more


WORLD

TOTAL MIGRANT ARRIVALS IN EUROPE BY SEA TOP 190,000 IN 2016 - IOM  

An estimated 190,973 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 18 May, compared with 91,860 in the first five months of last year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has reported.

Most migrants and refugees arrived in Greece (155,975) on the Eastern Mediterranean route, Italy followed with 33,907 arrivals on the Central Mediterranean route. read more


EU

AUSTRIA'S PRESIDENTIAL VOTE 'TOO CLOSE TO CALL'

The two candidates in Austria's presidential elections are running neck and neck in the second round of the vote held on Sunday.

Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) candidate Norbert Hofer and former Green Party leader Alexander van der Bellen are both supported by around 50% of voters, according to a public TV projection cited by daily Der Standard. read more


INTERVIEW

THORBJøRN JAGLAND: ECHR RULING ON TURKEY'S TERROR LAWS CAN HELP IN DISPUTE WITH EU

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