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ARCHIVE - 15 May 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's Privatization Agency Launches 2nd Attempt to Sell Arms Manufacturer

Politics

Bulgaria Caretaker PM Vows Assistance for Kosovo's EU Integration
Kosovo's PM Thaci Arrives in Bulgaria after Deal with Serbia
EC Expects Bulgarian Parties to Try to Form Govt
It's Official and Final: Seats in Next Bulgarian Parliament Tied 2:2
Bulgaria’s New Parliament to Convene by End-May
Bulgarian Socialists: Illegal Ballots Tip-off from Sources Close to Printing House
Bulgarian Ethnic Turks 'Choose Intellect', Side with Socialists
Bulgaria's Caretaker PM to Interfere in Illegal Ballots Scandal Only if Govt Officials Held Liable
Bulgarian President Schedules Post-Election Meeting with Parliament Parties
Bulgarian Nationalists Rule Out Coalition with Ex-Rulers
Prosecutors: Illegal Ballots Were Ready for Shipping Ahead of Bulgaria Vote
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Slams Ex-PM over Illegal Ballot Scandal
2 Sentenced for Vote-Buying in Favor of Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party
Almost 50% of Bulgarians Abroad Voted for Ethnic Turkish Party
Bulgaria's President Expected to Rush Convening Parliament
Bulgaria Final Vote Count: Socialists, Turks Team Hold Slim Lead over GERB, Nationalists
Bulgaria's Prosecutors Deliver Verdict on Fake Ballots Scandal

Society

Bulgarian Supreme Court Rules Controversial Ski Lift Illegal
First Ten Eurovision Finalists Picked in Malmo, Sweden
Liberal Party Official Commits Suicide in Sofia

Crime

Russian Mafia Gang Smashed in London, Sex Slaves - Bulgarians

Views on BG

Bulgaria President May Order Ex-PM to Start Cabinet Talks
Bulgarians Despair of Their Confused and Unstable Politics

Letters to the Editor

Support the 'Thracian Preservation Alliance' in Bulgaria

Business

Bulgaria's Privatization Agency Launches 2nd Attempt to Sell Arms Manufacturer

Bulgaria's Agency for Privatization and Post-Privatization Control (PPCA) has launched a new procedure for the sale of 100% of the capital of the country's largest arms factory, VMZ Sopot.

Business | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 14:49

Politics

Bulgaria Caretaker PM Vows Assistance for Kosovo's EU Integration

Speaking after a meeting with Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov emphasized the importance of Kosovo for the EU integration of the region.

Politics » Diplomacy | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 18:39

Kosovo's PM Thaci Arrives in Bulgaria after Deal with Serbia

Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci arrives in Bulgaria on Wednesday to pay a one-day working visit.

Politics » Diplomacy | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 08:04

EC Expects Bulgarian Parties to Try to Form Govt

The European Commission has vowed to come up with statements on the results of the May 12 general elections in Bulgaria and the scandal with the 350 000 illegally printed ballots in due time.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 19:49

It's Official and Final: Seats in Next Bulgarian Parliament Tied 2:2

The seats in the 42nd Bulgarian General Assembly will, after all, be divided equally between the Socialists and ethnic Turks on one side, and the centrist GERB and the nationalist Ataka on the other, the election body announced in a final statement.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 20:04

Bulgaria’s New Parliament to Convene by End-May

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has announced that he will call Parliament to convene by end May.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 17:48

Bulgarian Socialists: Illegal Ballots Tip-off from Sources Close to Printing House

Maya Manolova from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has said that she simply fulfilled her civic duty when she submitted the tip-off about the 350 000 illegal ballots to the prosecuting authority.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 17:41

Bulgarian Ethnic Turks 'Choose Intellect', Side with Socialists

Lyuvi Mestan, leader of Bulgaria’s predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, has declared that his party will cooperate with the Socialist after the May 12 general election.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 16:52

Bulgaria's Caretaker PM to Interfere in Illegal Ballots Scandal Only if Govt Officials Held Liable

Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov has vowed to interfere if the pre-trial proceedings uncover violations concerning the public procurement contract for the printing of the ballots for the May 12 general elections and government officials can

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 16:02

Bulgarian President Schedules Post-Election Meeting with Parliament Parties

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will meet Friday with representatives of all four parties that made it to Parliament after the May 12 general election.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 15:52

Bulgarian Nationalists Rule Out Coalition with Ex-Rulers

Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka (Attack) will not enter a coalition government with the center-right GERB of former PM Boyko Borisov, Ataka leader Volen Siderov declared on Wednesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 14:50

Prosecutors: Illegal Ballots Were Ready for Shipping Ahead of Bulgaria Vote

Bulgarian prosecutors have confirmed that the 350 000 illegal ballots that were seized from a printing house on the eve of Bulgaria’s general election were ready to be dispatched.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 13:41

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Slams Ex-PM over Illegal Ballot Scandal

Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has criticized former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for claiming that prosecutors illegally meddled in the election process.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 12:37

2 Sentenced for Vote-Buying in Favor of Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party

Two individuals have been sentenced for vote buying in favor of the predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has announced.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 12:05

Almost 50% of Bulgarians Abroad Voted for Ethnic Turkish Party

A total of 49.15% of all Bulgarian eligible voters living abroad voted for the predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms in Sunday’s general election.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 11:38

Bulgaria's President Expected to Rush Convening Parliament

Bulgaria’s president is expected to convene the new parliament within less than a month after the names of the MPs are confirmed.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 10:39

Bulgaria Final Vote Count: Socialists, Turks Team Hold Slim Lead over GERB, Nationalists

The formerly opposition Socialist and ethnic Turk parties combined have managed to prevail - though very slightly - over the recently ousted centrist GERB and their potential allies - nationalist Ataka, official final results show.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 09:23

Bulgaria's Prosecutors Deliver Verdict on Fake Ballots Scandal

Bulgarian prosecutor’s office is expected to come up with a statement on Wednesday on the fake ballots scandal that rocked the country just a day before the early general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 09:02

Society

Bulgarian Supreme Court Rules Controversial Ski Lift Illegal

A five-judge panel of Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court has ruled illegal the ski lift built by the Yulen company in the "Platoto" area near Bansko.

Society » Environment | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 21:06

First Ten Eurovision Finalists Picked in Malmo, Sweden

After a two-hour show of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Malmo Arena, audience across Europe selected the first ten finalists.

Society » Culture | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 07:32

Liberal Party Official Commits Suicide in Sofia

Kancho Bokov, the district chairman of the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms party in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, has been discovered dead.

Society » Obituaries | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 11:08

Crime

Russian Mafia Gang Smashed in London, Sex Slaves - Bulgarians

London police has smashed a suspected Russian mafia gang that ran a prostitution and trafficking racket from an apartment block in west London, local media reported.

Crime | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 19:02

Views on BG

Bulgaria President May Order Ex-PM to Start Cabinet Talks

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will probably ask former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to form a new administration after his Gerb party won May 12 elections and give a date for Parliament to reconvene.

Views on BG | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 13:58

Bulgarians Despair of Their Confused and Unstable Politics

Sunday's elections provided no respite for Bulgaria's growing legions of non-voters, nor those who were tempted to the pollsBy Yavor Siderov The Guardian Last Sunday's parliamentary elections failed to resolve Bulgaria's bitter political impasse.

Views on BG | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 07:40

Letters to the Editor

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Letters to the Editor | May 15, 2013, Wednesday // 20:41
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