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Business

Bulgaria Govt Extends Oil, Gas Exploration Permit of Melrose Resources
Bulgaria Backpedals on Stripping CEZ Power Utility License

Politics

Bulgarian Govt Shockingly Resigns amid Protests
US Congress Backs Bulgarian Burgas Probe, Urges EU to Blacklist Hezbollah
EC Declines Comment on Bulgarian PM's Resignation
Protesters Surround CEZ HQ in Sofia
Protesters in Sofia Block Orlov Most Junction
Pro, Anti-Govt Protesters Meet in Front of Parliament Building in Sofia
Bulgaria Very Likely to Hold Early Elections End-April
Bulgaria Parliament to Fill Constitutional Court Vacancy by Friday
Bulgarian GERB MPs to Vote 'Yes' on Govt Resignation
Bulgaria Deputy PM: GERB Will Score Crushing Victory at Elections
Bulgarian Socialists Snub Forming Caretaker Govt
Fans of GERB Govt Urge Support for Bulgaria PM on Facebook
Appointing New Govt in Bulgaria after Resignation
Pro-Govt Protesters in Bulgaria to Lay Flowers to Honor Injured in Protests
Bulgarian President Says He'll Comment on Cabinet Resignation Thursday
Bulgaria May Be En Route to Third Ever Caretaker Govt
Bulgarian Conservative Leader Ready to Become PM
Bulgarian PM Refutes FinMin, Says He Is Definitely Fired
Bulgaria Govt Resignation Panicked, Desperate Move - Socialist Leader
Bulgaria's FinMin Withdraws Resignation, Vows to Work for New Term
Bulgaria's Major Opposition Party Remains Silent on Cabinet Resignation
Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on Cabinet Resignation Thursday
Bulgarian President Cancels Consultations with Opposition
Bulgarian Ministers Taken Aback by PM's Resignation
Bulgarian Right-Winger Calls for Snap Elections
Ousted Bulgarian FinMin Tight-Lipped on PM's Resignation
Bulgaria Govt Resignation Was The Only Way Out – Kuneva
Bulgarian Nationalists Join Calls for Caretaker Govt
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Demands Caretaker Govt
Bulgarian Interior Minister Applauds PM's Resignation
Bulgaria PM Quitting: I Won’t Be Part of Caretaker Govt
Bulgarian Righ-Wing Leader: Govt Resignation Is Defection
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Welcomes Govt Resignation
Bulgaria in Emergency Situation as Govt Shockingly Resigns
Bulgaria PM: Every Drop of Blood is Shame for Us, We Quit
Bulgarian Parliament Set to Vote on Cabinet Reshuffle

Society

New Wave of Protest Rallies Looms in Bulgaria
2nd Bulgarian Man Sets Himself on Fire in Public
25 Arrested, 14 Injured in Bulgaria's Latest Mass Protest

Sports

Bulgarian Star Wrestler Returns Gold Medal to International Olympic Committee

Views on BG

Bulgaria Faces Early Election
WSJ: Bulgarian Government Resigns Amid Protests
The Bulgarian Winter: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
NYT: Bulgarian Prime Minister Submits Resignation
Bulgaria Govt Resigns amid Electricity Protests; to Revoke CEZ License
Bloomberg: Bulgarian Premier Borissov Plans to Resign Today on Protests
FT: Bulgaria PM to Step Down amid Protests
CNN: Bulgaria's PM to Tender Govt's Resignation at Noon
BBC: Bulgaria Government to Resign, PM Boiko Borisov Says
Bulgaria Moves to Quell Mass Protests

Novinite Insider

Lack of Common Sense Kills Bulgaria

Business

Bulgaria Govt Extends Oil, Gas Exploration Permit of Melrose Resources

Bulgaria's government has extended the oil and gas exploration permit of Scottish Melrose Resources for the Galata field in the Black Sea block by 166 days.

Business » Energy | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 19:35

Bulgaria Backpedals on Stripping CEZ Power Utility License

The Bulgarian State has ceded Wednesday from an earlier decision to immediately strip the local unit of power distributor CEZ of license.

Business » Energy | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:43

Politics

Bulgarian Govt Shockingly Resigns amid Protests

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced the resignation of his government on Wednesday.

Politics | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 09:23

US Congress Backs Bulgarian Burgas Probe, Urges EU to Blacklist Hezbollah

The US House of Representatives has expressed its support for Bulgaria's recent report on the 2012 Burgas bus bombing.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:35

EC Declines Comment on Bulgarian PM's Resignation

The European Commission has refused to comment on the resignation handed by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his Cabinet on Wednesday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:10

Protesters Surround CEZ HQ in Sofia

Thousands of protesters have gathered in front of the CEZ headquarters in Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 21:30

Protesters in Sofia Block Orlov Most Junction

Pro- and anti-government protesters in downtown Sofia have parted ways, thereby preventing a potential escalation of tension and clashes.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 19:59

Pro, Anti-Govt Protesters Meet in Front of Parliament Building in Sofia

Hundreds of protesters gathered Wednesday evening at the Orlov Most junction in Sofia and headed for the Parliament building.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:54

Bulgaria Very Likely to Hold Early Elections End-April

After the announcement of the collective resignation of Bulgaria's center-right GERB government, all parties represented in Parliament made clear that they would seek early elections.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:34

Bulgaria Parliament to Fill Constitutional Court Vacancy by Friday

Bulgaria's Parliament will vote Thursday to fill the vacancies at the Constitutional Court and the Commission for Establishing Property Acquired from Criminal Activity, according to Iskra Fidosova, Chair of the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 17:52

Bulgarian GERB MPs to Vote 'Yes' on Govt Resignation

The parliamentary group of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, will vote yes Thursday on the resignation of the government.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 17:33

Bulgaria Deputy PM: GERB Will Score Crushing Victory at Elections

Center-right ruling party GERB will unanimously back the collective resignation of the Cabinet on Thursday and will not accept a mandate to form a caretaker government, according to Iskra Fidosova, Deputy Chair of the parliamentary group of GERB.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 16:58

Bulgarian Socialists Snub Forming Caretaker Govt

The Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, will return the mandate to appoint an interim government and calls on all other parliamentary represented parties to do the same.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 16:41

Fans of GERB Govt Urge Support for Bulgaria PM on Facebook

A few hours after Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced the collective resignation of the Cabinet, his fans set up a Facebook group "Protest in Support of Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:55

Appointing New Govt in Bulgaria after Resignation

According to article 111 of the Bulgarian Constitution, the powers of the Council of Ministers shall be terminated by: a vote of no confidence; accepting the resignation of the Council of Ministers or of the Prime Minister, or upon the latter's death.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:53

Pro-Govt Protesters in Bulgaria to Lay Flowers to Honor Injured in Protests

Pro-government protesters plan to lay flowers to honor the injured in Tuesday's protests at the Orlov Most junction in Sofia and the Parliament building.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:46

Bulgarian President Says He'll Comment on Cabinet Resignation Thursday

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is to make a statement on Wednesday's surprising resignation of the country's government on the following day, his press office has stated.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:59

Bulgaria May Be En Route to Third Ever Caretaker Govt

A caretaker government may succeed Bulgaria's center-right cabinet of Boyko Borisov, who resigned shockingly on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:58

Bulgarian Conservative Leader Ready to Become PM

The leader of the marginal conservative Order, Law and Justice party, RZS, Yane Yanev, declared Wednesday he was ready to become the next Prime Minister of the country.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:39

Bulgarian PM Refutes FinMin, Says He Is Definitely Fired

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has declared that he does not intend to work any longer with Finance Minister Simeon Djankov.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:12

Bulgaria Govt Resignation Panicked, Desperate Move - Socialist Leader

The resignation of Bulgaria's government is a panicked, desperate move, according to the leader of the major opposition Socialist party.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 12:57

Bulgaria's FinMin Withdraws Resignation, Vows to Work for New Term

Bulgaria's finance minster, who was shockingly dismissed earlier in the week only to be followed by the resignation of the whole government, has said he remains in office.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 12:26

Bulgaria's Major Opposition Party Remains Silent on Cabinet Resignation

The Bulgarian Socialist Party is yet to come up with an official statement regarding the shocking resignation of the country's center-right GERB government.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 12:23

Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on Cabinet Resignation Thursday

Bulgaria's Parliament will vote on the center-right GERB government's resignation on Thursday, it has been made clear.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:56

Bulgarian President Cancels Consultations with Opposition

The consultations of President, Rosen Plevneliev, with the opposition, left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:41

Bulgarian Ministers Taken Aback by PM's Resignation

Several Bulgarian ministers were taken by surprise Wednesday, as Prime Minister Boyko Borisov shockingly announced that he and his cabinet are to resign later that day.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:30

Bulgarian Right-Winger Calls for Snap Elections

Bulgarian right-wing leader Martin Dimitrov has called for snap elections in the aftermath of the Cabinet's shocking resignation on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:11

Ousted Bulgarian FinMin Tight-Lipped on PM's Resignation

Outgoing Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, whose resignation was announced Monday, declined to comment on the decision of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to resign.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:02

Bulgaria Govt Resignation Was The Only Way Out – Kuneva

Bulgaria's government had no other choice but to resign and quell mass protests, according to former EU commissioner Meglena Kuneva.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:53

Bulgarian Nationalists Join Calls for Caretaker Govt

Volen Siderov, leader of Bulgaria's marginal far-right Ataka (Attack), has joined calls made by other parties for the establishment of a caretaker government in the aftermath of the Cabinet's shocking resignation on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:45

Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Demands Caretaker Govt

All parliamentary represented political parties must firmly state to President, Rosen Plevneliev, they would not attempt to form a new government within the term of the current Parliament, according to ethnic Turkish leader, Luytvi Mestan.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:25

Bulgarian Interior Minister Applauds PM's Resignation

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proven himself as a "true statesman" by announcing his resignation, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov declared Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:19

Bulgaria PM Quitting: I Won’t Be Part of Caretaker Govt

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov firmly stated his party won't be part of a caretaker government as he announced the resignation of his cabinet.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:19

Bulgarian Righ-Wing Leader: Govt Resignation Is Defection

The resignation of the Prime Minister is a defection of his ruling party GERB from their duties and responsibilities, according to right-wing leader, Ivan Kostov.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:02

Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Welcomes Govt Resignation

The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), Bulgaria's predominantly ethnic Turkish party, has welcomed the upcoming resignation of the country's center-right GERB government.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 09:56

Bulgaria in Emergency Situation as Govt Shockingly Resigns

Bulgaria woke up on Wednesday in an emergency situation, though not officially declared, after the government shockingly announced its resignation.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 09:56

Bulgaria PM: Every Drop of Blood is Shame for Us, We Quit

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the threats of turning the massive protests bloody has made him shockingly announce the resignation of his government on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 09:42

Bulgarian Parliament Set to Vote on Cabinet Reshuffle

Parliament is to vote Wednesday on the Cabinet reshuffle demanded by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 08:46

Society

New Wave of Protest Rallies Looms in Bulgaria

Despite the resignation of the Bulgarian government, protest rallies are scheduled again across the country.

Society | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:22

2nd Bulgarian Man Sets Himself on Fire in Public

A 36-year-old man poured gasoline over his body and set himself on fire in front of the city hall in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna early on Wednesday.

Society | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 09:14

25 Arrested, 14 Injured in Bulgaria's Latest Mass Protest

A total of 25 Bulgarians were arrested on Tuesday in the capital Sofia, as thousands gathered for the latest in the series of anti-government protests in the country.

Society | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 08:15

Sports

Bulgarian Star Wrestler Returns Gold Medal to International Olympic Committee

Valentin Yordanov has returned his gold medal from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogg, protesting the decision of the Executive Board of the IOC to remove wrestling from the Olympic program.

Sports | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:16

Views on BG

Bulgaria Faces Early Election

Bulgaria is facing a caretaker government and early elections after the centre-right administration of Boyko Borisov resigned following nationwide protests that turned violent.

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 21:25

WSJ: Bulgarian Government Resigns Amid Protests

The European economic crisis felled its latest political victim on Wednesday as Bulgaria's government resigned from office after days of nationwide protests against austerity, high electricity prices and official corruption.

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 16:48

The Bulgarian Winter: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

On Wednesday, 20th of February 2013, the Bulgarian government headed by Boyko Borissov has deposited its resignation. What happened? What comes next?

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:15

NYT: Bulgarian Prime Minister Submits Resignation

Prime Minister Boiko Borisov of Bulgaria submitted his government's resignation on Wednesday after a tumultuous week of public anger over rising electricity prices, corruption and austerity measures that ignited mass protests nationwide and led to bloody

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:47

Bulgaria Govt Resigns amid Electricity Protests; to Revoke CEZ License

As riots over high electricity prices continued to rock Bulgaria, the government resigned Wednesday, February 20 and said the license held by Czech utility CEZ for power distribution in parts of the Balkan country will be revoked following allegations it

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 12:37

Bloomberg: Bulgarian Premier Borissov Plans to Resign Today on Protests

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov offered to step down after anti-government protests sparked street violence four months before parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place.

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:35

FT: Bulgaria PM to Step Down amid Protests

By Neil Buckley in London and Theodor Troev in Sofia

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:05

CNN: Bulgaria's PM to Tender Govt's Resignation at Noon

By CNN

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:00

BBC: Bulgaria Government to Resign, PM Boiko Borisov Says

By BBC

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:59

Bulgaria Moves to Quell Mass Protests

Bulgaria's prime minster on Tuesday pledged to cut electricity prices in a bid to halt the escalation of mass anti-government protests that have already claimed the scalp of the finance minister.

Views on BG | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 07:45

Novinite Insider

Lack of Common Sense Kills Bulgaria

You know what I hate most about Bulgaria's rulers, opposition and protesters?

Novinite Insider » Opinions | February 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:29