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Business

Change in Bulgaria's Energy Mix to Reduce Power Tariffs Substantially – NPP CEO
CEZ Bulgaria Calls for Eradication of Monopoly Model from Entire Supply Chain
Electricity Prices in Bulgaria Cannot Change before April 1 - Watchdog

Politics

Bulgarian Govt Press Office Exposed in Editing UK PM Words
EPP Drums Up Support for Bulgarian PM in Wake of Resignation
EC Forecasts 1.4% 2013 Economic Growth for Bulgaria
Bulgaria to Hold Snap Elections by Mid-May
Sofia Subway to Cover 70% of City Area in 2 Years
Bulgarian Ombudsman Tipped to Become Caretaker PM
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Declares It Won't Form Interim Cabinet
Bulgarian MPs Start Petition on Convocation of Grand Assembly
Bulgarian Left-Wingers Urge Rulers to Stay Clear of Caretaker Govt
Sofia Mayor Rules Out Becoming Caretaker PM
Bulgaria's Ex Tsar Asks Calls for Unity among Political Forces
Bulgaria Parliament Fills 3 Vacancies at Illegal Assets Commission
Grozdan Iliev Fills Bulgarian Constitutional Court Vacancy
Ethnic Turkish Chief to Sue Bulgarian PM for Slander
Bulgarian Nationalists Boycott Caretaker Govt Consultations
Bulgarian MPs Vote on Constitutional Court Nomination
Bulgarian President Launches Consultations on Caretaker Govt

Society

Varna Man Setting Himself on Fire Turns Bulgarian Jan Palach
Landslide Closes Bulgaria's Main Road to Greece

Crime

Dozen Serious Threats Registered against Bulgarian PM
Fog Thickens around Bulgarian PM Assassination Plot

Views on BG

Resignation Fails to Soothe Bulgarians
Bulgaria on the Brink
*Czech Republic to Defend CEZ in Bulgaria
Power Protests: The Bulgarian Prime Minister Unexpectedly Resigns
Bulgaria Prepares for Election Call
Bulgarian Parliament Accepts Government’s Resignation

World

Pistorius Granted Bail in Murder Case
Tunisia's Islamist Party Names New Prime Minister

Business

Change in Bulgaria's Energy Mix to Reduce Power Tariffs Substantially – NPP CEO

Valentin Nikolov, CEO of the Kozloduy NPP, has argued that a change in the energy mix could bring about a substantial reduction in electricity prices in Bulgaria.

Business » Energy | February 22, 2013, Friday // 17:16

CEZ Bulgaria Calls for Eradication of Monopoly Model from Entire Supply Chain

Czech energy company CEZ has issued a media statement, saying that it finds the launch of a procedure for the withdrawal of licenses of its two subsidiaries, CEZ Elektro Bulgaria AD and CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD unfounded.

Business » Energy | February 22, 2013, Friday // 16:21

Electricity Prices in Bulgaria Cannot Change before April 1 - Watchdog

A change in electricity prices can be introduced no earlier than April 1, according to Yuliana Ivanova, outgoing Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business » Energy | February 22, 2013, Friday // 12:33

Politics

Bulgarian Govt Press Office Exposed in Editing UK PM Words

The Bulgarian governments press office has been exposed in editing the official statement of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the occasion of the resignation of his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 22, 2013, Friday // 13:40

EPP Drums Up Support for Bulgarian PM in Wake of Resignation

The European People's Party (EPP) has expressed its "support and understanding" concerning the resignation of Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov and his Cabinet.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 22, 2013, Friday // 20:36

EC Forecasts 1.4% 2013 Economic Growth for Bulgaria

The European Commission forecasts a 1.4% growth for Bulgarian economy in 2013 and 2% in 2014.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 22, 2013, Friday // 14:38

Bulgaria to Hold Snap Elections by Mid-May

Bulgaria's snap elections will take place between the end of April and mid-May, President Rosen Plevneliev has announced.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 18:14

Sofia Subway to Cover 70% of City Area in 2 Years

The Sofia subway network will cover 70% of the territory of the city in two years' time, according to Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 18:05

Bulgarian Ombudsman Tipped to Become Caretaker PM

Bulgaria's National Ombudsman Konstantin Penchev has been tipped to become Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, according to local media reports.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 16:13

Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Declares It Won't Form Interim Cabinet

Bulgarian ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms is not interested in forming an interim Cabinet, the party's leader, Lyutvi Mestan, told reporters on Friday.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 15:31

Bulgarian MPs Start Petition on Convocation of Grand Assembly

Bulgarian independent MPs have launched a petition calling for the convocation of a Grand Assembly tasked with drafting a new Constitution.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 14:55

Bulgarian Left-Wingers Urge Rulers to Stay Clear of Caretaker Govt

Bulgaria's ruling center-right GERB should by no means take part in the country's caretaker government, Sergey Stanishev, leader of the oppositional Bulgarian Socialist Party, has declared.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 14:55

Sofia Mayor Rules Out Becoming Caretaker PM

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has refuted rumors that she may be appointed as Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 14:22

Bulgaria's Ex Tsar Asks Calls for Unity among Political Forces

Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Bulgaria's ex Tsar (in 1943-1946) and ex Prime Minister (in 2001-2005) has issued a statement, calling on political powers in the country to act responsible in order to maintain stability amid the sensitive situation in the country.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 13:25

Bulgaria Parliament Fills 3 Vacancies at Illegal Assets Commission

Bulgaria's Parliament has filled the three vacancies at the Commission for Establishing Property Acquired from Criminal Activity (CEPACA).

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 11:48

Grozdan Iliev Fills Bulgarian Constitutional Court Vacancy

The Bulgarian Parliament elected without any debates judge Grozdan Iliev to fill the vacancy at the Constitutional Court (KS).

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 11:45

Ethnic Turkish Chief to Sue Bulgarian PM for Slander

The honorary chairman of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, Ahmed Dogan, is considering suing outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, for slander.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 11:06

Bulgarian Nationalists Boycott Caretaker Govt Consultations

Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party is going to boycott the consultations with President Rosen Plevneliev for the appointment of a caretaker government.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 10:41

Bulgarian MPs Vote on Constitutional Court Nomination

Bulgaria's Parliament will vote Friday to fill the vacancy at the Constitutional Court (KS).

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 08:47

Bulgarian President Launches Consultations on Caretaker Govt

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is launching Friday consultations with all political parties after the Parliament voted Thursday the resignation of the Cabinet "Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 08:05

Society

Varna Man Setting Himself on Fire Turns Bulgarian Jan Palach

An employee of the City Hall of Bulgaria's Varna has found and taken away a poster definitely disclosing the man who set himself of fire just hours before the ousting of the Cabinet "Borisov" had demanded the resignation of the local mayor.

Society | February 22, 2013, Friday // 18:41

Landslide Closes Bulgaria's Main Road to Greece

Bulgaria's main road, E-79 to the border with Greece is closed Friday in the vicinity of the Kresna Gorge over a landslide covering the pavement with rocks.

Society » Environment | February 22, 2013, Friday // 10:05

Crime

Dozen Serious Threats Registered against Bulgarian PM

The serious threats on the life of outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, amount to nearly a dozen.

Crime | February 22, 2013, Friday // 12:52

Fog Thickens around Bulgarian PM Assassination Plot

The Director of Bulgaria's National Intelligence Services, NIS, Dragomir Draganov, denied he has information ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, had plotted an attack on the life of outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Crime | February 22, 2013, Friday // 09:49

Views on BG

Resignation Fails to Soothe Bulgarians

The Bulgarian government tried to defuse mounting public anger by giving up power, but the Parliament's vote to accept the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet on Thursday did little to calm discontent over rising prices and falling standards

Views on BG | February 22, 2013, Friday // 18:40

Bulgaria on the Brink

Following days of sometimes violent protests against austerity measures and reports of corruption in Bulgaria, the government stepped down this week, triggering a political crisis in the European Union's poorest member state.

Views on BG | February 22, 2013, Friday // 17:10

*Czech Republic to Defend CEZ in Bulgaria

The Czech Republic should use its contacts in the European Union as well as arbitration mechanisms to defend the position of Czech power utility CEZ in Bulgaria, president-elect Milos Zeman told journalists Thursday.

Views on BG | February 22, 2013, Friday // 11:59

Power Protests: The Bulgarian Prime Minister Unexpectedly Resigns

"IF THE finance minister falls, so does the government," said Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's flamboyant prime minister, three years ago.

Views on BG | February 22, 2013, Friday // 10:08

Bulgaria Prepares for Election Call

Bulgaria took a step into the political unknown on Thursday as parliament confirmed the resignation of the government.

Views on BG | February 22, 2013, Friday // 08:58

Bulgarian Parliament Accepts Government’s Resignation

The Bulgarian Parliament voted on Thursday to accept the government's resignation after a week of mass protests and bloody clashes with the police.

Views on BG | February 22, 2013, Friday // 08:12

World

Pistorius Granted Bail in Murder Case

A South African judge on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend.

World | February 22, 2013, Friday // 19:45

Tunisia's Islamist Party Names New Prime Minister

Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda has chosen its hardline Interior Minister Ali Larayedh to take over as Prime Minister and form a new Cabinet.

World | February 22, 2013, Friday // 16:52
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