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ARCHIVE - 14 February 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Registered Anemic Growth in 4th Quarter
Bulgaria's Inflation Accelerates Further in January
Greece, Albania, Italy Sign Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Deal
Bulgaria Finance Minister: Road to Nationalization Leads to GULAG
Bulgaria Chief Prosecutor: Inspection Will Include Energy Regulator, Power Distributors
Bulgarian EconMin Pledges Refashioning of Scandalous National Logo

Politics

Bulgaria Mulls Opening Culture Institute in Spain
Hamas Delegation in Bulgaria Wasn't Invited by Govt
Macedonian FM Accuses Sofia of 'Inventing' Skopje's Anti-Bulgarian Propaganda
EU: UK Can't Extend Curb on Bulgarian, Romanian Migrants
EP Urged to Probe Bulgarian PM's Alleged Murky Past
France Confirms Change of Heart on Turkey's EU Accession
Bulgaria's New Energy Watchdog Head Admits to Illegal Cigarette Trade
Bulgarian Remains Only Language for Election Campaigns
Sofia Municipal Councilors to Vote 2013 Budget

Society

NGO: Bulgaria Must Take Responsibility for Thracian, Macedonian Jews' Deportation
Bulgarian Whistleblowers 'Threatened' after Exposing PM's Alleged Mafia Past
NGO Protests Upcoming Neo-Nazi Rally in Sofia
Bulgarians Celebrate Love and Wine
Bulgaria Launches Valentine's Day AIDS Campaign

Crime

Bulgarian PM's Ex-Girlfriend Doesn't Believe He Was Police Mafia Informant
Prosecution Demands 12-year Sentence for Bulgaria's Top Drug Money Launderer
Burgas Bombing Suspects Did Not Enter Lebanon Legally - Report
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Accused of Incitement to Hatred by Attacker
Leader of Protest over High Power Bills in Bulgaria's Varna Stabbed
New Chair of Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Implicated in Illegal Sale of Cigarettes

Views on BG

Following WikiLeaks' Playbook, BalkanLeaks Releases Insurance File With Its Spilled Secrets
'Don't Worry about an Invasion of Bulgarians - They're Already Here'
Destination: The Historic Capital City of Sofia in Bulgaria

World

French Company Spanghero Blamed for Horsemeat Scandal
Eurozone Fell in Deeper Recession End of 2012
Oscar Pistorius Officially Charged with Murder
Right-Wing Leader Hot Favorite in Cyprus Presidential Vote
Double-Amputee Olympic Star Pistorius Involved in Deadly Shooting

Business

Bulgaria Registered Anemic Growth in 4th Quarter

Bulgaria's economy expanded by a mere 0.1% in the fourth quarter in comparison with the previous one, preliminary figures show.

Business » Finance | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 16:56

Bulgaria's Inflation Accelerates Further in January

Bulgaria's consumer price inflation quickened further in January on the back of higher spending for heating, electricity and transport, data of the statistics office showed on Thursday.

Business » Finance | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 15:39

Greece, Albania, Italy Sign Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Deal

Greece, Albania and Italy have signed an intergovernmental agreement on Wednesday to build the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to deliver Azerbaijani gas to Europe.

Business » Energy | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 15:10

Bulgaria Finance Minister: Road to Nationalization Leads to GULAG

Asked to comment on the growing public discontent in Bulgaria with high power bills and the proposed solutions to the problem, Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has suggested that after nationalization comes GULAG.

Business » Energy | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 15:02

Bulgaria Chief Prosecutor: Inspection Will Include Energy Regulator, Power Distributors

Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has informed that his colleagues from the Supreme Administrative Prosecutor's Office had entered the premises of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) and requested documents on electricity prices.

Business » Energy | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 13:41

Bulgarian EconMin Pledges Refashioning of Scandalous National Logo

Bulgaria's new national tourism logo, which has been widely criticized for its design, and was found to be mimicking Kyrgyzstan's, will be remodeled till "it's to the public's liking", Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev promised.

Business » Tourism | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 12:51

Politics

Bulgaria Mulls Opening Culture Institute in Spain

Bulgaria's government is considering its options for opening a Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Spain, Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov said after meeting Spanish Ambassador in Sofia H.E. Jose Luis Tapia.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 17:24

Hamas Delegation in Bulgaria Wasn't Invited by Govt

The Palestinian Hamas parliamentary delegation that arrived in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Wednesday was not invited by the Bulgarian government, it was made clear on Thursday.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 17:21

Macedonian FM Accuses Sofia of 'Inventing' Skopje's Anti-Bulgarian Propaganda

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki has accused the Bulgarian authorities of deluding the Bulgarian public about the existence of "anti-Bulgarian propaganda" in the former Yugoslav republic.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 14:08

EU: UK Can't Extend Curb on Bulgarian, Romanian Migrants

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has warned that it will not be possible for Britain to restrict the freedom of movement of Bulgarians and Romanians when transitional controls are lifted.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 20:34

EP Urged to Probe Bulgarian PM's Alleged Murky Past

The founder of Bulgarian whistleblowing website Bivol.bg have addressed a petition to the European Parliament to draw its attention to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's alleged murky past.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 18:06

France Confirms Change of Heart on Turkey's EU Accession

France, a long-term opponent of Turkish EU accession, has softened its stance, saying it wants to give a new impetus to EU-Turkey relations.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 13:40

Bulgaria's New Energy Watchdog Head Admits to Illegal Cigarette Trade

Yuliana Ivanova, the new Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR), has admitted publicly to being the owner of an online store selling cigarettes illegally.

Politics » Domestic | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 14:43

Bulgarian Remains Only Language for Election Campaigns

Following an hour-long debate, Bulgarian MPs rejected a proposal to introduce a possibility for interpretation in other languages during election campaigns.

Politics » Domestic | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 12:23

Sofia Municipal Councilors to Vote 2013 Budget

The Sofia Municipal Council is to review and adopt Sofia's budget for 2013 at a Thursday sitting.

Politics » Domestic | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 08:21

Society

NGO: Bulgaria Must Take Responsibility for Thracian, Macedonian Jews' Deportation

The Bulgarian government must assume the moral responsibility for the Nazi death camp deportation of ethnic Jews from the regions of Thrace and Macedonia regardless of the fact that Bulgaria saved its almost 50 000 Jews, according to Shalom, the major NGO

Society | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 17:54

Bulgarian Whistleblowers 'Threatened' after Exposing PM's Alleged Mafia Past

The pair of Bulgarian journalists who run anonymous leaking site BalkanLeaks say they have received threats after releasing secret documents exposing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's alleged mafia past.

Society | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 17:00

NGO Protests Upcoming Neo-Nazi Rally in Sofia

The European Network against Racism (ENAR) has demanded that the so-called Lukov March scheduled to take place in Sofia on February 16 is canceled.

Society | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 14:19

Bulgarians Celebrate Love and Wine

Bulgarians celebrate Thursday two holidays in one - the Day of Love and the Day of Wine.

Society | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 10:00

Bulgaria Launches Valentine's Day AIDS Campaign

Medical facilities in most regional centers will carry out free and anonymous consultations and HIV tests across Bulgaria as part of a Valentine's Day campaign to raise awareness of AIDS.

Society » Health | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 10:24

Crime

Bulgarian PM's Ex-Girlfriend Doesn't Believe He Was Police Mafia Informant

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was not a secret police informant during the 1990s, according to his former girlfriend, top banker Tsvetelina Borislavova.

Crime | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 19:03

Prosecution Demands 12-year Sentence for Bulgaria's Top Drug Money Launderer

Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office has requested a 12-year prison sentence for Evelin Banek, aka Brendo, known as one of Bulgaria's top money launderers and drug smugglers.

Crime | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 16:23

Burgas Bombing Suspects Did Not Enter Lebanon Legally - Report

Lebanese authorities have stated that none of the two suspects in last year's bus bombing in the Bulgarian city of Burgas have entered Lebanon legally, according to L'Orient-Le Jour.

Crime | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 15:41

Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Accused of Incitement to Hatred by Attacker

Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who pointed a gun to the head of ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan, has accused the former leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party of inciting hatred between Bulgarians and Turks.

Crime | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 10:53

Leader of Protest over High Power Bills in Bulgaria's Varna Stabbed

One of the leaders of a protest over the high electricity bills in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna, Ivan Petrov, has been stabbed in the back late on Wednesday.

Crime | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 09:46

New Chair of Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Implicated in Illegal Sale of Cigarettes

Yuliana Ivanova, the new Chair of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR), has turned out to be the owner of an online store selling cigarettes illegally.

Crime | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 09:03

Views on BG

Following WikiLeaks' Playbook, BalkanLeaks Releases Insurance File With Its Spilled Secrets

WikiLeaks may have faded from the headlines, but in a corner of Eastern Europe, a copycat is playing out the secret-spilling site's saga again.

Views on BG | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 16:22

'Don't Worry about an Invasion of Bulgarians - They're Already Here'

or would rather go to Germany, ambassador Konstantin Dimitrov tells Melanie McDonagh

Views on BG | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 16:00

Destination: The Historic Capital City of Sofia in Bulgaria

From Birmingham Airport it will take travelers 6 hours including a stop and 2,173 km to reach Vrazhdebna Airport in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Views on BG | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 09:49

World

French Company Spanghero Blamed for Horsemeat Scandal

French authorities have stated that meat processing company Spanghero may have knowingly sold horsemeat labelled as beef.

World | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 19:48

Eurozone Fell in Deeper Recession End of 2012

The eurozone recession deepened in the final three months of 2012, official figures showed on Thursday.

World | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 16:32

Oscar Pistorius Officially Charged with Murder

Prominent Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home in Pretoria.

World | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 14:52

Right-Wing Leader Hot Favorite in Cyprus Presidential Vote

The economic crisis, rather than Cyprus' decades-old divide, is expected to dominate the country's presidential elections on Sunday.

World | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 14:11

Double-Amputee Olympic Star Pistorius Involved in Deadly Shooting

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been arrested on suspicion of shooting dead his girlfriend at his home after mistaking her for an intruder.

World | February 14, 2013, Thursday // 11:25
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