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Business

No 'Monopolies', 'Cartels' to Be Revealed in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Caretaker Deputy PM Vows Regular Payments to Construction Firms
UK Sends Plane with EUR 1 M for Britons in Cyprus
EC Threatens Cyprus with Bank Collapse, Russia Cries Foul
Bulgaria Caretaker Cabinet: Budget Performs Well, No Loans Needed
Austria: ECB Could Stop Financing Cyprus by Friday
Cyprus, Russia Fail to Reach Loan Renegotiation
Ex Bulgarian FinMin: Financial Discipline of GERB Govt is Myth
Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Seeks Ways to Cut Electricity Prices
Czech PM: Bulgaria Plays Political Games with CEZ

Politics

Bulgarian Caretaker PM Accused of Being Military Spy
Bulgarian Journalists Alarm EU of Secret Services Snooping
EP Approves EUR 260 M in Kozloduy NPP Decommissioning Funds in 2014-2020
Just Trickle of Bulgarians, Romanians to Come to UK in 2014 - Whitehall Research
Prosecutor Intimidated for Investigating Bulgaria's Ex Agri Min - Report
Fate of Bulgaria's Ex-FinMin in GERB Party Dim
Bulgaria President Calls for Positive, Constructive Civic Energy
Bulgarian Ex Ruling Party MPs Seek Unemployment Aid
Bulgarian Ex-Interior Min Tsvetanov's Life 'under Threat'
Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Pledges Help for the Poor
Legendary Bulgarian Wrestler Enters Political Arena
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Holds First Meeting, Snap Polls Top Agenda

Society

College Students Join Protests in Bulgaria
Burgas Crowned Bulgaria's Best City to Live in
Snap Election Alters Holidays Timetable in Bulgaria
Sixth Man Commits Self-Immolation in Bulgaria
Light Earthquake Registered near Bulgaria's Burgas
Astronomical Spring Arrives in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Movie Showcased at NYC Film Fest

Views on BG

Romania and Bulgaria Immigration: 'No Idea' on Numbers

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World

NATO Ready to Intervene in Syria - Europe Commander
French Police Raid Home of IMF Chief Lagarde
Cyprus Banks to Remain Closed in 'Next Few Days'
Cyprus Holds Crisis Talks after Bailout Rejection
Cyprus Finance Minister in Moscow for Talks
Cyprus Warned over Bailout Rejection

Business

No 'Monopolies', 'Cartels' to Be Revealed in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition has dimmed hopes for the revealing of the names of companies that many believe distort Bulgarian markets.

Business | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 20:15

Bulgaria's Caretaker Deputy PM Vows Regular Payments to Construction Firms

Ekaterina Zaharieva, Bulgaria's caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development Minister, has outlined regular payments under public procurement deals and projects financed under operational programs as a main priority in her work.

Business | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:40

UK Sends Plane with EUR 1 M for Britons in Cyprus

UK Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday evening that a plane carrying EUR 1 M had arrived in Cyprus to make sure military personnel and their families are provided with emergency loans.

Business | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 07:15

EC Threatens Cyprus with Bank Collapse, Russia Cries Foul

Banks in Cyprus will not resume work until the country accepts a bailout plan to rescue the local financial market, stated a European Commission spokesperson Wednesday.

Business » Finance | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 20:50

Bulgaria Caretaker Cabinet: Budget Performs Well, No Loans Needed

Bulgaria's state budget is performing well and does not need to be revised, according to Bulgarian PM Marin Raykov and FinMin Kalin Hristov.

Business » Finance | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:30

Austria: ECB Could Stop Financing Cyprus by Friday

The ECB will stop giving funds to Cypriot banks if a new bailout plan is not negotiated until Friday, March 22, according to Austria's Minister of Finance Maria Fekter.

Business » Finance | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:56

Cyprus, Russia Fail to Reach Loan Renegotiation

Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris and Russian counterpart Anton Siluanov failed to reach a deal on renegotiating Cyprus's loan during talks in Moscow.

Business » Finance | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:22

Ex Bulgarian FinMin: Financial Discipline of GERB Govt is Myth

Plamen Orehsarski, former Finance Minister in the three-way coalition government, has said that the caretaker government panel is too closely connected with the previous center-right GERB Cabinet to disclose anything important about its term in office.

Business » Finance | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 12:08

Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Seeks Ways to Cut Electricity Prices

Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, has announced the interim government is seriously seeking ways to additionally lower electric power prices, even with minimal amounts.

Business » Energy | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:08

Czech PM: Bulgaria Plays Political Games with CEZ

The move of Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov to revoke the license of Czech-owned power distributor CEZ Bulgaria is a political game, according to Czech Prime Minister, Petar Necas.

Business » Energy | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:12

Politics

Bulgarian Caretaker PM Accused of Being Military Spy

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, has been a secret collaborator of the Defense Ministry's intelligence unit, known as RUMNO.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:46

Bulgarian Journalists Alarm EU of Secret Services Snooping

Bulgarian investigative journalists have alerted European Union institutions about the suspected use of the country's secret services against media work.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 17:10

EP Approves EUR 260 M in Kozloduy NPP Decommissioning Funds in 2014-2020

Members of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) approved on March 19 approved an opinion on a draft Council regulation for the decommissioning of nuclear plants in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Lithuania.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:29

Just Trickle of Bulgarians, Romanians to Come to UK in 2014 - Whitehall Research

Just a trickle of Romanians and Bulgarians could come to Britain when restrictions on them living and working in this country are lifted at the end of the year, previously unpublicised Whitehall research shows.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 09:22

Prosecutor Intimidated for Investigating Bulgaria's Ex Agri Min - Report

A prosecutor monitoring the investigation on former Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov has been told to withdraw for his own safety, reports major Bulgarian Kapital Daily.

Politics » Domestic | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 19:23

Fate of Bulgaria's Ex-FinMin in GERB Party Dim

Former Bulgarian Vice-PM and Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has not been nominated yet as ex-ruling party GERB candidate for upcoming early elections, said GERB leading functionary Dimitar Glavchev.

Politics » Domestic | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:47

Bulgaria President Calls for Positive, Constructive Civic Energy

President Rosen Plevneliev has urged Bulgarians to give the caretaker government a chance to prove what it they are capable of, after which their achievements could be estimated objectively.

Politics » Domestic | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:17

Bulgarian Ex Ruling Party MPs Seek Unemployment Aid

2 MPs from Bulgaria's former ruling GERB party who served in the now-dissolved parliament have registered themselves as unemployed in Bulgaria's Labor Bureau.

Politics » Domestic | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 17:22

Bulgarian Ex-Interior Min Tsvetanov's Life 'under Threat'

Bulgaria's former cabinet led by PM Boyko Borisov had decided to keep under special protection their Vice-PM and Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov out of concern for his life.

Politics » Domestic | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 16:44

Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Pledges Help for the Poor

Employment has been listed at the top of the package of social measures of the caretaker government, which aim to help the most disadvantaged Bulgarians.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:20

Legendary Bulgarian Wrestler Enters Political Arena

Five-time world female wrestling champion Stanka Zlateva, who temporarily retired from wrestling at the end of last year, is about to enter the political arena.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 10:32

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Holds First Meeting, Snap Polls Top Agenda

Bulgaria's recently appointed caretaker government will hold its first meeting on Wednesday to launch preparations for May 12 elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 08:37

Society

College Students Join Protests in Bulgaria

Over 100 college and university students assembled in protest Wednesday evening at the iconic Eagles Brige junction in Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Society | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 20:40

Burgas Crowned Bulgaria's Best City to Live in

Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas has earned the title "Bulgaria's Best City to Live in" for 2012 in a ranking done by local media.

Society | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:18

Snap Election Alters Holidays Timetable in Bulgaria

At its very first sitting, Bulgaria's caretaker government has made changes in the 2012 decree for official days off in 2013.

Society | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 12:42

Sixth Man Commits Self-Immolation in Bulgaria

A 41-year old man from the village of Sitovo in northeastern Bulgaria has become the sixth person setting himself on fire in the course of just one month.

Society | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 11:57

Light Earthquake Registered near Bulgaria's Burgas

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1 points on the Richter scale has been registered near the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas Wednesday afternoon.

Society » Environment | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:53

Astronomical Spring Arrives in Bulgaria

The astronomical spring will arrive in Bulgaria one hour after midday on Wednesday, bringing slightly higher temperatures than last year.

Society » Environment | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 07:39

Bulgarian Movie Showcased at NYC Film Fest

Bulgarian movie "The Color of the Chameleon" of director Emil Hristov has been selected for New York's New Directors/New Films annual showcase of promising and confirmed cinematic talent.

Society » Culture | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:31

Views on BG

Romania and Bulgaria Immigration: 'No Idea' on Numbers

From BBC

Views on BG | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 08:29

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"We can only speculate how close Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov is to former PM Boyko Borisov, who has in fact set the whole CEZ case into motion.

Quotes | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 19:57

World

NATO Ready to Intervene in Syria - Europe Commander

NATO is prepared to engage in what it has called a Libya-style scenario in Syria, revealed the Alliance's supreme commander for Europe, US Adm. James Stavridis.

World | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 18:01

French Police Raid Home of IMF Chief Lagarde

Police in France have made a search in the French home of IMF managing director Christine Lagarde Wednesday.

World | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:45

Cyprus Banks to Remain Closed in 'Next Few Days'

Cyprus took the unprecedented step on Monday of closing its banks until Thursday, but officials have decided to keep banks shut down "in the next few days" until an agreement is concluded.

World | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:01

Cyprus Holds Crisis Talks after Bailout Rejection

Political leaders in Cyprus are meeting for emergency talks after its parliament overwhelmingly rejected an international bailout deal.

World | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 13:38

Cyprus Finance Minister in Moscow for Talks

Cyprus Finance Minister Michalis Sarris is set to be in Moscow for talks on Wednesday, hoping to negotiate a delay in the repayment of Russia's EUR 2.5 B loan.

World | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 07:55

Cyprus Warned over Bailout Rejection

Germany's finance minister has warned Cyprus that its crisis-stricken banks may never be able to reopen if it rejects the terms of a bailout.

World | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 07:04
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