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ARCHIVE - 4 December 2012

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Business

25% of Sales in Bulgaria Go Unreported – Survey
Sofia Airport Finally Gets New ATC Tower
RealD Steps in Bulgaria, Contracts Kino Arena
Bulgarian Levski to Join Gazprom's Football Empire - Report
Court Snubs Alpha Bank's Claim on Bulgaria's Economedia
Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on Budget 2013
German RWE Leaves Nabucco – Report
Bulgarian Great Wall Cars to Boast Bulgarian Batteries, Lubricants

Politics

Clinton Praises Obama-Borisov Meeting - Bulgarian FM
Bulgarian PM Visit to US Is Missed Opportunity - Ex-FM
Bulgarian Opposition Leader: No Progress in US Relations
Obama Impressed by Burgas Bombing Investigation - Bulgarian PM
Bulgaria PM on Burgas Terror Attack: Obama Knows, I Know Who Did it
Bulgaria's Vice President Starts 3-Day Visit to Cyprus
Obama: Bulgaria Proven Outstanding Ally of USA
Bulgarian PM Invites Obama for Eastern Europe Leaders' Meeting in Sofia
NATO Approves Turkey Patriot Missiles Deployment against Syria
UK Tories Engage in Anti-EU, Anti-Bulgarians Fear Mongering
Eurogroup Head Jean-Claude Juncker to Step Down
Bulgarian Energy Holding Denies Irregularities in Electricity Liberalization
Socialist Leader Suggests Bulgaria's Rulers Face Revolution
1 More MP Leaves Bulgarian 'Communist' Right-Wingers

Society

Council of Europe Disturbed by Conditions in Bulgarian Prisons
New Patron, New Hopes as Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign Kicks off
Bulgaria Mulls Easing Full Smoking Ban - Report

Crime

Suspect in Ex-PM Murder Convicts Bulgaria in Strasbourg
10 Nabbed for EUR 25 M Tax Fraud in Bulgaria

Views on BG

Concern over Spike in Bulgarian Registered Vehicles
Obama Thanks Bulgaria for Afghanistan Efforts
Remarks by US President Obama and Bulgarian PM Borisov

Smiles

Life in Europe

Quotes

Today's Quote

World

Hague Confirms Lukic Sentences, Serbs Protest
Syria Rebels Kill 29 Students, Teacher, Journalist
Merkel Re-Elected as German Christian Democrats Chair
Cargo Ship Sinks Off Turkey, at Least 1 Dead
Romania's Ruling Coalition Set to Win Election - Poll
Iran Downs US Drone over Persian Gulf - Report
NATO Set to Back Turkey's Patriot Missiles Bid
Bomb Goes Off outside Greek Neo-Nazi Party's Office
5.9 Earthquake Jolts Alaska Coast

Business

25% of Sales in Bulgaria Go Unreported – Survey

A survey of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA) shows that 25% of sales in the country belong to the grey economy.

Business | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 14:57

Sofia Airport Finally Gets New ATC Tower

The construction of a new air traffic control tower at Sofia airport has finally been completed, its official inauguration due on Wednesday.

Business | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 14:31

RealD Steps in Bulgaria, Contracts Kino Arena

RealD, the 3D movie technology specialist has inked a deal with Bulgaria's largest cinema exhibitor Kino Arena, to be the circuit's exclusive 3D tech provider.

Business | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 12:59

Bulgarian Levski to Join Gazprom's Football Empire - Report

Bulgarian football team Levski Sofia is about to ink a sponsorship deal with Russian energy giant Gazprom, according to a report.

Business | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 12:04

Court Snubs Alpha Bank's Claim on Bulgaria's Economedia

A Bulgarian court has denied Alpha Bank's request to seize control of Economedia from its allegedly defaulting owners.

Business | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 12:02

Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on Budget 2013

Bulgaria's Parliament will hold second reading votes on the country's state budget for 2013 starting Wednesday.

Business » Finance | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 20:45

German RWE Leaves Nabucco – Report

German utility RWE is reportedly leaving the Nabucco gas pipeline project.

Business » Energy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 09:22

Bulgarian Great Wall Cars to Boast Bulgarian Batteries, Lubricants

Bulgarian-assembled Chinese Great Wall vehicles will use Bulgarian-produced batteries and lubricants, informed Bulgarian Great Wall contractor Litex Motors.

Business » Industry | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 17:05

Politics

Clinton Praises Obama-Borisov Meeting - Bulgarian FM

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described Monday's meeting between Barack Obama and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov as "historic" in the two countries' relations, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has revealed in a statement.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 17:44

Bulgarian PM Visit to US Is Missed Opportunity - Ex-FM

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov has failed to achieve any significant results for his country during his ongoing visit to the US, according to former Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Solomon Passy.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 17:39

Bulgarian Opposition Leader: No Progress in US Relations

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov's meeting with US President Barack Obama has brought no advance in bilateral relations, argued opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 15:44

Obama Impressed by Burgas Bombing Investigation - Bulgarian PM

US President Barack Obama has agreed that promising evidence has been gathered regarding the July 18 terror attack in the Bulgarian city of Burgas, according to Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 11:27

Bulgaria PM on Burgas Terror Attack: Obama Knows, I Know Who Did it

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has informed US President Barack Obama about the progress of the investigation of the July 18 terrorist attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 10:24

Bulgaria's Vice President Starts 3-Day Visit to Cyprus

Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova is on a three-day working visit to Cyprus, starting Tuesday.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 08:55

Obama: Bulgaria Proven Outstanding Ally of USA

Bulgaria has proven to be one of the most outstanding NATO allies of the USA, US President Barack Obama has remarked upon receiving Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov for a meeting in the White House.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 02:16

Bulgarian PM Invites Obama for Eastern Europe Leaders' Meeting in Sofia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has suggested that the next meeting of US President Barack Obama with the state leaders of Eastern European nations should be held in Sofia.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 02:09

NATO Approves Turkey Patriot Missiles Deployment against Syria

NATO member states' foreign ministers meeting Tuesday in Brussels have approved Turkey's request to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey's border with Syria.

Politics » Defense | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 20:22

UK Tories Engage in Anti-EU, Anti-Bulgarians Fear Mongering

A number of British conservative MPs have warned that an imminent floodwave of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants will prove detrimental to the UK's society and environment.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 19:51

Eurogroup Head Jean-Claude Juncker to Step Down

Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker has announced that he is stepping down at the end of December.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 13:30

Bulgarian Energy Holding Denies Irregularities in Electricity Liberalization

Mihail Andonov, CEO of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), has vowed to present to the European Commission information about the measures taken over the past few months to achieve electricity market liberalization.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 12:28

Socialist Leader Suggests Bulgaria's Rulers Face Revolution

An entrenched and allegedly incompetent rule by center-right GERB party might provoke revolution in Bulgaria, according to PES and Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev.

Politics » Domestic | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 18:17

1 More MP Leaves Bulgarian 'Communist' Right-Wingers

One more MP from Bulgaria's right-wing parliamentary Blue Coalition has decided to leave the embattled Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) party.

Politics » Domestic | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 15:53

Society

Council of Europe Disturbed by Conditions in Bulgarian Prisons

Overcrowding remains a major issue in the Bulgarian penitentiary system, according to a report published by the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).

Society | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 13:11

New Patron, New Hopes as Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign Kicks off

The 'Bulgarian Christmas' charity, which was set up by former President Georgi Parvanov in 2002 to give sick children a hope, was launched for the tenth time and with boosted expectations by his successor Rosen Plevneliev.

Society » Health | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 17:16

Bulgaria Mulls Easing Full Smoking Ban - Report

Bulgaria's Parliament considers easing the full smoking ban in closed public spaces that was imposed in the country on June 1, according to a local media report.

Society » Health | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 13:50

Crime

Suspect in Ex-PM Murder Convicts Bulgaria in Strasbourg

One of the five defendants, who were cleared of all charges regarding the murder of former Prime Minister Andrey Lukanov, has won his case against the Bulgarian state in Strasbourg.

Crime | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 16:02

10 Nabbed for EUR 25 M Tax Fraud in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian police have detained a group of 10 persons suspected in having carried out massive tax fraud using an elaborate system of corporate scam.

Crime | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 15:15

Views on BG

Concern over Spike in Bulgarian Registered Vehicles

A Bulgarian newspaper has revealed that an ever increasing number of Italians are registering their vehicles in this Eastern European country to save hundreds of euros in insurance and registration each year.

Views on BG | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 12:34

Obama Thanks Bulgaria for Afghanistan Efforts

President Barack Obama is thanking Bulgaria for its contributions and sacrifices in the US-lead war in Afghanistan.

Views on BG | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 09:03

Remarks by US President Obama and Bulgarian PM Borisov

Release from The White House on the remarks of US President Barack Obama and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov before their meeting in Washington, DC, Monday night, December 3, 2012.

Views on BG | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 00:54

Smiles

Life in Europe

An alien landed in a European country, got into a taxi and asked the taxi driver:

Smiles | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 16:13

Quotes

Today's Quote

"I've had an opportunity to work and discuss issues with the Prime Minister in the past, and he has always been a very effective leader on the world stage.

Quotes | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 09:59

World

Hague Confirms Lukic Sentences, Serbs Protest

Thousands of Serbs gathered Tuesday in front of Parliament in Belgrade to protest the Hague International Criminal Tribunal's rejection of Milan and Sredoje Lukic's appeals.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 19:10

Syria Rebels Kill 29 Students, Teacher, Journalist

The heavily armed Syrian opposition has killed at least Syrian 29 school students and their teacher when it shelled their school Tuesday.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 18:37

Merkel Re-Elected as German Christian Democrats Chair

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected of the center-right German Christian Democratic Union party at a congress Tuesday.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 16:36

Cargo Ship Sinks Off Turkey, at Least 1 Dead

At least one person has been reported dead after a cargo ship capsized in storm off the Turkish coast on Tuesday.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 16:35

Romania's Ruling Coalition Set to Win Election - Poll

Romania's ruling coalition will win a majority of votes in general elections on Sunday, according to an opinion poll.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 15:11

Iran Downs US Drone over Persian Gulf - Report

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has announced it has downed an American unmanned plane that entered Iran's airspace.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 14:50

NATO Set to Back Turkey's Patriot Missiles Bid

NATO is expected to approve the deployment of Patriot Missile Interceptors to defend Turkey's border with Syria.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 14:28

Bomb Goes Off outside Greek Neo-Nazi Party's Office

An explosive device went off outside the office of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party outside Athens early on Tuesday, destroying part of the building.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 12:34

5.9 Earthquake Jolts Alaska Coast

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Alaska Monday evening.

World | December 4, 2012, Tuesday // 08:19
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