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ARCHIVE - 14 May 2013

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Business

Bulgaria 4th in Europe by Exports of Organic Honey
National Regulators Confirm Extension of Nabucco Third-Party Exemption
Bulgaria Reopens Privatization of Weapons Behemoth

Politics

Bulgarian PM, Top Diplomat: Serbia's EU Progress Depends on Fate of Bulgarian Minority
Bulgaria Could Pay EUR 0.3 M Less in EU Contribution
Bulgaria Will Eventually Join Schengen Area - Dutch Ambassador
Bulgarian EU Commissioner: Bulgarian Politicans Need 'Sobering'
Bulgaria's Ex-PM Mysteriously Meets Farmers, Escapes Journalists
SORA's Bulgarian Vote Count: GERB Lead Socialists by 3.43%
Bulgarian Socialists Hope for Expert Cabinet with Broad Support
Seats in Next Bulgarian Parliament Tied 2:2
Bulgarian Turks Rule Out Coalition with Ex-Rulers, Nationalists
Bulgarian Vote Winner GERB Tightlipped 48 H after Elections
Abandoned Bag of Ballots Found in Bulgaria's Plovdiv
GERB Defiant about Forming Bulgaria's Next Govt
Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Rescinding of Vote Results
Bulgarian Right-Wingers Mull Forming New Party after Election Failure
Bulgarian Socialist Seek to Lure Ultranationalists in Vote Aftermath
Parallel Count: Bulgaria's GERB Has 3% Lead over Socialists
Bulgarian Electoral Body Launches 2nd Count of Ballots

Society

Scandalous Construction in Bulgarian Black Sea Archaeology Site Halted
Sofia University Advances in Academic Performance Ranking
Sofia University to Award Nobel Prize Winner Mario Vargas Llosa
Bulgarian Fans Eagerly Anticipate Bon Jovi Gig

Sports

Bulgarian Kid Wins Chess World Championships for 9-Y-Olds
Bulgaria's Berbatov Named Fulham's Player of the Season

Crime

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor: We Are Not National Traitors
Bulgarian Medics Cleared of 2010 Baby Death Case
Bulgarian Prosecution to Ask Stripping Tsvetanov of Immunity
Bulgarian Prosecutors to Clarify Seized Ballots Status May 15
Court Postpones Trial Against Wounded Bulgarian Mobster
Bulgarian Border Police Detain 17 Illegal Immigrants

Views on BG

Bulgarian Socialists Get Chance at Power with Close Vote
Bulgaria's Far-Right Well Placed as Election Deepens Political Stalemate
Nationalist Party Is Kingmaker in Bulgaria
An Inconclusive Election at an Unhappy Time

Novinite Insider

More of the Same? Are Bulgarians Insane?

Letters to the Editor

How Bulgaria Saved Its Jews from Nazi Concentration Camps

Business

Bulgaria 4th in Europe by Exports of Organic Honey

Honey is the top export product of Bulgarian organic farmers, according to Stoilko Apostolov, Chair of the Bioselena Foundation for Organic Farming.

Business | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 13:54

National Regulators Confirm Extension of Nabucco Third-Party Exemption

The national regulatory bodies of Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria have adopted a draft decision confirming the extension of the existing 50% exemption from EU legislation on third party access granted to Nabucco.

Business » Energy | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 14:37

Bulgaria Reopens Privatization of Weapons Behemoth

Bulgaria's Privatization Agency has announced Tuesday it is launching a new procedure for the privatization of the country's largest arms factory, VMZ Sopot.

Business » Industry | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 18:51

Politics

Bulgarian PM, Top Diplomat: Serbia's EU Progress Depends on Fate of Bulgarian Minority

The status and rights of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia are a condition for the country's progress towards EU membership, stated Bulgarian caretaker PM and Foreign Affairs Minister Marin Raykov.

Politics » Diplomacy | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 19:30

Bulgaria Could Pay EUR 0.3 M Less in EU Contribution

Bulgaria's contribution to the 2013 EU budget might be decreased with EUR 0.3 M due to a surplus in the Union's 2012 budget, according to Bulgarian MEP Ivailo Kalfin.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 20:02

Bulgaria Will Eventually Join Schengen Area - Dutch Ambassador

The Netherlands expects to see the report of the European Commission under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism on Bulgaria in December before taking a decision on the country's Schengen bid, according to Dutch Ambassador to Bulgaria Karel van Kest

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 15:42

Bulgarian EU Commissioner: Bulgarian Politicans Need 'Sobering'

Bulgarian politicians and parties must show responsibility and form an able new cabinet, commented EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 15:25

Bulgaria's Ex-PM Mysteriously Meets Farmers, Escapes Journalists

Bulgarian center-right party GERB leader and former PM Boyko Borisov has held a meeting with agriculture producers Tuesday, but has not appeared to answer journalist's questions.

Politics » Domestic | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 14:44

SORA's Bulgarian Vote Count: GERB Lead Socialists by 3.43%

There are only small discrepancies between latest results by Austrian institute SORA's parallel count and official data by Bulgaria's election authority regarding Sunday's early general elections in Bulgaria.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 20:44

Bulgarian Socialists Hope for Expert Cabinet with Broad Support

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has reiterated that it will not seek a political coalition, but rather a broadly supported expert cabinet in the wake of Sunday's snap general elections in Bulgaria.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 17:57

Seats in Next Bulgarian Parliament Tied 2:2

The seats in the 42nd Bulgarian General Assembly will, most likely, be divided equally between the Socialists and ethnic Turks on one side, and the centrist GERB and the nationalist Ataka on the other.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 15:45

Bulgarian Turks Rule Out Coalition with Ex-Rulers, Nationalists

Bulgaria’s predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) will not enter a coalition with either the center-right GERB party or the ultranationalist Ataka (Attack), DPS leader Lyutvi Mestan has declared.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 14:46

Bulgarian Vote Winner GERB Tightlipped 48 H after Elections

For a second consecutive day, the winner of the May 12 early general elections, the formerly-ruling centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, is keeping silent on the results and future plans.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 14:03

Abandoned Bag of Ballots Found in Bulgaria's Plovdiv

An abandoned bag containing unused ballot papers was discovered Monday afternoon in Bulgaria's southern city of Plovdiv on the day after the general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 12:57

GERB Defiant about Forming Bulgaria's Next Govt

The formerly-ruling centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, plans to accept the mandate for appointing a new government and table a minority Cabinet in the Parliament.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 12:27

Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Rescinding of Vote Results

The nationalist National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria, NFSB, is going to ask for invalidation of the May 12 early general elections as the party is convinced their result was purposely lowered.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 11:46

Bulgarian Right-Wingers Mull Forming New Party after Election Failure

A new right-wing party will emerge in Bulgaria within months, according to Martin Dimitrov, a former leader of the Union of Democratic Forces.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 11:23

Bulgarian Socialist Seek to Lure Ultranationalists in Vote Aftermath

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has declared will attempt to win the support of ultranationalist outfit Ataka (Attack) after the general election on Sunday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 10:08

Parallel Count: Bulgaria's GERB Has 3% Lead over Socialists

The Austrian company SORA, which is doing a parallel vote count in Bulgaria's May 12 early general election, has confirmed that four parties will certainly make their way to the country’s 42nd General Assembly.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 09:31

Bulgarian Electoral Body Launches 2nd Count of Ballots

Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Committee has launched a second count of the ballots cast in Sunday’s general election in the country.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 08:20

Society

Scandalous Construction in Bulgarian Black Sea Archaeology Site Halted

Municipal authorities have ordered a temporary stop of work on a construction site in the area of a protected archaeology site along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.

Society » Environment | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 16:40

Sofia University Advances in Academic Performance Ranking

The Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" ranks 788th in the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) for 2012/2013 which evaluates the top 2000 higher education institutions in the world.

Society » Education | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 18:07

Sofia University to Award Nobel Prize Winner Mario Vargas Llosa

Prominent writer Mario Vargas Llosa will be bestowed the title Doctor Honoris Causa of the Sofia University St.

Society » Culture | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 12:14

Bulgarian Fans Eagerly Anticipate Bon Jovi Gig

Rock legends Bon Jovi will start the European leg of their Because We Can Tour in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on Tuesday.

Society » Culture | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 08:55

Sports

Bulgarian Kid Wins Chess World Championships for 9-Y-Olds

Bulgarian Tsvetan Stoyanov has become chess world champion in the age category up to 9.

Sports | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 17:20

Bulgaria's Berbatov Named Fulham's Player of the Season

Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov has been named Fulham’s Player of the Season for 2012/13.

Sports | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 12:48

Crime

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor: We Are Not National Traitors

The Bulgarian prosecution is not participating in scenarios for destabilizing the country - to the contrary – it is carrying out its duties as postulated by the law, according to Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov.

Crime | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 17:45

Bulgarian Medics Cleared of 2010 Baby Death Case

Bulgaria's prosecuting authority has terminated pre-trial proceedings against the three Bulgarian doctors involved in 2010 scandal concerning a baby's death.

Crime | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 17:21

Bulgarian Prosecution to Ask Stripping Tsvetanov of Immunity

The Prosecutor's Office is going to ask for stripping the immunity of former Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, after the latter takes the oath of office as Member of the Parliament.

Crime | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 16:32

Bulgarian Prosecutors to Clarify Seized Ballots Status May 15

Bulgarian prosecutors are expected to hold a briefing Wednesday to reveal what exactly has been found in the now-notorious ballot printing facility near the capital Sofia.

Crime | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 15:00

Court Postpones Trial Against Wounded Bulgarian Mobster

The Sofia Appellate Court once again postponed the high-profile drug dealing trial against alleged mobster Zlatomir Ivanov aka “Baretata” (The Beret) after it was made clear that the defendant is yet to recover from his gunshot wounds.

Crime | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 13:44

Bulgarian Border Police Detain 17 Illegal Immigrants

Bulgarian border police at the border crossing point in Vidin has detected 15 Somalis and two Afghanistan nationals hidden in a truck.

Crime | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 12:12

Views on BG

Bulgarian Socialists Get Chance at Power with Close Vote

Bulgaria's Socialist Party, which placed second in May 12 early elections, has an opportunity to return to power after four years as the winning Gerb party struggles to find allies willing to join the next government.

Views on BG | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 17:07

Bulgaria's Far-Right Well Placed as Election Deepens Political Stalemate

Bulgaria faces political paralysis after a snap election failed to hand a majority to any party and gave a potentially crucial role to far-right radicals.

Views on BG | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 16:49

Nationalist Party Is Kingmaker in Bulgaria

A small, nationalist party that accuses foreign companies of robbing Bulgaria has become the kingmaker in negotiations to form a new government, after voters denied any party a clean victory in parliamentary elections.

Views on BG | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 10:33

An Inconclusive Election at an Unhappy Time

THREE months after the resignation of the government of Boyko Borisov (pictured above) on the back of the biggest demonstrations in 16 years, Bulgarians went to the polls on May 12th.

Views on BG | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 07:46

Novinite Insider

More of the Same? Are Bulgarians Insane?

The article was originally published at Novinite.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | May 14, 2013, Tuesday // 07:24

Letters to the Editor

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