ARCHIVE - 18 April 2013

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Business

Investment Agency Ad Downsizes Bulgaria's Map
Turk Telekom Places Bids for Bulgaria's Globul, Germanos
Bulgaria's Max Telecom Announces Change of Ownership
Bulgarian-Romanian Business Forum Opens in Sofia
Djankov for WSJ: Fiscal Hawks, Such as Bulgaria, to Have Highest Growth
Bulgaria Starts Searching Suppliers for Gas Link with Romania
Bulgaria with Europe's Highest Pain-at-the-Pump Score
Bulgaria President Talks Nabucco, Lifting of Labor Restrictions in London

Politics

EC Warns Bulgaria Could Lose EU Program Funds
EPP: With GERB Bulgaria Is on Right Track
No Decision on Bulgaria, Romania Schengen Bids by end-2013 – Report
EP to Tackle Illegal Police Snooping in Bulgaria
Fresh Poll Gives 5.6% Edge to Bulgaria's GERB over Socialists

Society

Bulgarian Pensioners Rise Up against Poverty, Humiliation
Serious Demographic Meltdown Registered in Bulgaria
Bulgaria Drumming Duo Drum Support among Eurovision Fans
4 Children Suffer Food Poisoning in Bulgaria's Ruse

Sports

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Looking Forward to Clash with Nadal
Dimitrov Eases Past Mayer, Sets Up Clash with Nadal
Cancer-Stricken Bulgarian Hero Stiliyan Petrov 'Back to Normal Life'

Crime

Bulgarian Bank Hostage Holder Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail
Ex Bulgarian Top Cop: Outrageous Info on Police Chief Is True

Views on BG

Waiting in Pain: Migrant's Case Highlights Modern Slavery in Germany

Smiles

Let There Be Parties

World

US Says It Remains Open to Talks with Pyongyang
Kosovo to Renew Talks with Serbia on Friday
Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire Fully Tamed, No Risk of New Blast
Italian MPs Fail to Elect President in 1st Round
30 Migrants Shot in Greece Pay Row
5-15 Confirmed Dead in Texas Explosion
Texas Blast Kills 70, Foul Play not Ruled Out
Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Leaves Dozens Injured

Novinite Insider

Europe Needs a Smarter Austerity Debate

Letters to the Editor

How Come Nobody is in Jail?

Business

Investment Agency Ad Downsizes Bulgaria's Map

The Investment Agency is advertising Bulgaria as investment haven by presenting an incorrect map where southwestern parts of the country are missing.

Business | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 16:46

Turk Telekom Places Bids for Bulgaria's Globul, Germanos

Turk Telekom has placed binding bids to acquire Bulgarian operator Cosmo Mobile (Globul) and electronic appliance retailer Germanos Telecom Bulgaria.

Business | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 16:45

Bulgaria's Max Telecom Announces Change of Ownership

London-based private equity investor Daniel Kupsin is the new owner of Bulgarian WiMax operator Max Telecom.

Business | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:13

Bulgarian-Romanian Business Forum Opens in Sofia

A Bulgarian-Rumanian business forum organized by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will start Thursday morning in Sofia.

Business | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 09:03

Djankov for WSJ: Fiscal Hawks, Such as Bulgaria, to Have Highest Growth

Europe’s fiscal hawks, including Bulgaria, are projected to be the five fastest-growing economies in 2013, the country’s former finance minister wrote in an article for The Wall Street Journal.

Business » Finance | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 10:21

Bulgaria Starts Searching Suppliers for Gas Link with Romania

A procedure for filling the entire capacity of the Ruse-Giurgiu section of the Bulgaria-Romania gas grid interconnection, which is currently being built, will be announced in May, according to Kiril Temelkov, CEO of state-owned gas transmission operator B

Business » Energy | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:11

Bulgaria with Europe's Highest Pain-at-the-Pump Score

It is small wonder that Bulgarians find it difficult to fill up their car tank since the country has the highest pain-at-the-pump score in Europe, according to a survey.

Business » Energy | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 13:05

Bulgaria President Talks Nabucco, Lifting of Labor Restrictions in London

British Prime Minister David Cameron has assured Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev that the labor restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians will be lifted on January 1, 2014.

Business » Energy | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 10:08

Politics

EC Warns Bulgaria Could Lose EU Program Funds

Six EU Member States, including Bulgaria, can lose part of the EU funds slated for them if they fail to accelerate their absorption, according to an EC report.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 17:13

EPP: With GERB Bulgaria Is on Right Track

The European People's Party, EPP, is condemning every attempt to turn the Bullgarian prosecution probe in police breaches in the use of special surveillance devices into a political tool, says Joseph Daul, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliam

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 16:08

No Decision on Bulgaria, Romania Schengen Bids by end-2013 – Report

No decision on the Schengen bids of Bulgaria and Romania is expected by end-2013, according to a diplomatic source from the Council of the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:14

EP to Tackle Illegal Police Snooping in Bulgaria

The European Parliament has approved a decision to assign the task of examining the issue with illegal mass police spying in Bulgaria to the LIBE Committee.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:57

Fresh Poll Gives 5.6% Edge to Bulgaria's GERB over Socialists

The distance between the centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, and the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, is in the vicinity of 5.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:13

Society

Bulgarian Pensioners Rise Up against Poverty, Humiliation

Scores of pensioners rallied in protest against poverty in front of the Council of Ministers building in Sofia on Thursday.

Society | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:37

Serious Demographic Meltdown Registered in Bulgaria

The current demographic situation in Bulgaria is characterized by the continuing decrease of the population and its ageing, according to the National Statistics Institute, NSI.

Society | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:16

Bulgaria Drumming Duo Drum Support among Eurovision Fans

Shortly before taking on the Eurovision stage in Malmö with their song 'Only Champions', drumming duo Elitsa and Stoyan Yankulov-Stundzhi sent a special message to their fans.

Society » Culture | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:52

4 Children Suffer Food Poisoning in Bulgaria's Ruse

At total of four children were admitted to hospital in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Ruse after ordering food from a local restaurant.

Society » Health | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 20:40

Sports

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Looking Forward to Clash with Nadal

Bulgaria’s promising tennis youngster Grigor Dimitrov has said he is excited ahead of his Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final game against Rafael Nadal on Friday.

Sports | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 19:04

Dimitrov Eases Past Mayer, Sets Up Clash with Nadal

Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov defeated German Florian Mayer in straight sets to reach the quarter finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Sports | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:24

Cancer-Stricken Bulgarian Hero Stiliyan Petrov 'Back to Normal Life'

Aston Villa's Bulgarian midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has spoken honestly about his battle with acute leukaemia, reflecting on the tough past year and his hopes for the future.

Sports | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:23

Crime

Bulgarian Bank Hostage Holder Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail

Stefan Petrov Stefanov, the man who busted in a bank in the Southeastern Bulgarian city of Sliven and held hostages for almost two days back in 2011, has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

Crime | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:21

Ex Bulgarian Top Cop: Outrageous Info on Police Chief Is True

The documents implicating Stanimir Florov, Director of the Bulgarian police's Main Directorate for Fighting Organized Crime (GDBOP), in facilitating illegal drugs trafficking are authentic.

Crime | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:05

Views on BG

Waiting in Pain: Migrant's Case Highlights Modern Slavery in Germany

By Matthias Bartsch and Özlem Gezer

Views on BG | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 11:29

Smiles

Let There Be Parties

A: What was the main achievement of the protests against Bulgaria’s political establishment and parties?B: Parties have multiplied.

Smiles | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 11:00

World

US Says It Remains Open to Talks with Pyongyang

The US has declared that it remains open to "authentic and credible" negotiations with North Korea – but only if the Asian country shows it is serious about abandoning its nuclear ambitions.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 19:48

Kosovo to Renew Talks with Serbia on Friday

Kosovo has announced that it would resume talks with Serbia in Brussels on Friday.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 18:20

Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire Fully Tamed, No Risk of New Blast

The fire from the massive explosion at a fertilizer plant that rocked the Texas town of West Wednesday at approximately 7:50 pm, has been fully extinguished.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 17:43

Italian MPs Fail to Elect President in 1st Round

The Italian parliament has failed to elect a new state president in its first vote on Thursday afternoon.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 17:29

30 Migrants Shot in Greece Pay Row

Some 30 migrant workers have been injured in a shooting on a strawberry farm in Greece after requesting salaries that had not been paid.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:57

5-15 Confirmed Dead in Texas Explosion

An estimated 5 to 15 people were killed in an explosion and fire that tore through a fertilizer plant in a small town north of Waco, Texas, according to police.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:58

Texas Blast Kills 70, Foul Play not Ruled Out

Police in Texas, US, cannot rule out a criminal act as the cause of the massive explosion that rocked the Texas town of West Wednesday at approximately 7:50 pm.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:35

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Leaves Dozens Injured

A powerful explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, on Wednesday evening, left scores of injured.

World | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 08:30

Novinite Insider

Europe Needs a Smarter Austerity Debate

Deficit-reduction won't save uncompetitive countries on its own. But failing to restrain public spending will allow inefficiencies in certain sectors to persist.

Novinite Insider » Expert Voices | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 09:20

Letters to the Editor

How Come Nobody is in Jail?

Why does the Bulgarian judicial system never put high profile government ministers present and past to jail for serious crimes? How can Bulgaria move forward?Best, David Breddy

Letters to the Editor | April 18, 2013, Thursday // 11:18