Latest News from Bulgaria

25% of Bulgarian Voters Cast Preferential Ballot in the EU Elections

Every fourth voter in the European elections in Bulgaria used their right of preferential vote, shows data of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC). 

This was the first time the Bulgarians voters had the actual right to select a candidate who is further down on the party or coalition ballot list.  

Prime Minister Oresharski Pays One-Day Visit to Brussels

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamenr Oresharski will pay a one-day visit to Brussels, Tuesday.

Oresharski will meet with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and will take part in the unofficial dinner of the Heads of State and Government of the EU member states, the press service of the government announced.

Bulgarians' Trips Abroad Grow Moderately in April

In April the Bulgarians' travels increased moderately by 4.6%, compared to April 2013, shows the data of the National Statistics Institute (NSI).

For comparison, in the entire Q1 2014, they increased by 25%, year-on-year. 

Bulgaria Qualifies for U-19 European Championships

Bulgaria's under-19 national football team qualified for the European Youth Championship after beating the Czech Republic 2:0 on Monday night.

Goals from Nikolay Kolev and Antonio Vutov in the second half gave Bulgaria the precious 3 points in Sliven. Following the win over Sweden on Saturday, the young Bulgarians lead the group with 6 points.

GERB Triumphs in Bulgaria's Euro Election

Bulgaria's opposition GERB party, led by Boiko Borisov, received 30.40 per cent of the votes in European Parliamentary elections in the country, with the ruling BSP trailing well behind on 18.94 per cent.

GERB Leads, BSP Second in EU Elections with 100% of Votes Counted

Center-right GERB has kept its 11-percent lead on the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) in the European elections as 100% of the voting protocols have been processed.

GERB has received 30.40% of Sunday's votes, with the ruling BSP trailing second as it gained 18.94%.

Bulgaria Among Favorite Summer Vacation Spots of Russians

Bulgaria is on the top 10 list of most preferred summer vacation spots for Russian tourists, who do not travel in organized groups, reports Interfax. 

The top three positions are taken by Spain, Italy and Portugal. The list is completed by Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, France the Czech republic, Germany and Great Britain. 

Earthquake Registered in Southern Bulgaria

A 3.6 Richter scale earthquake was felt near the south Bulgarian town of Madan one minute before midnight on Tuesday, said the Geophysics Institute. 

According to it, the epicenter was 1 km northwest of Madan, 188 km south east of Sofia, at a depth of 17 km. 

There is no information of victims or material damages.

Bulgaria after the European Elections: Tectonic Shifts Under Way?

The first reactions to results of May 25's European elections in Bulgaria looked like a part of a literature workshop in a town that could be anywhere around the world. Let's have a single phrase taken out of it as an example:

Greek toy retailer Jumbo's profits jump

Greece’s largest toy seller, Jumbo, on Monday reported a 44 percent rise in net profit for the nine months to March, helped by the absence of a one-off impairment in Cyprus that affected the comparable figure from the year before.

Bulgarian Socialist Leader May Lose MEP Seat to 28-Year-old Candidate

In a surprising turn, Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), may lose the MEP seat to 28-year-old Momchil Nekov, who is 15th on the election list.

Nekov is believed to have received a huge portion of the preference vote in the European Parliament elections on Sunday due to a misunderstanding.

ABV Movement of Ex President Parvanov to Register as Party

The ABV Movement (Alternative for Bulgarian Revival) of former two-term President Georgi Parvanov (2002-2012) will become a party.

Parvanov announced Monday that he felt guilty about the dissatisfying performance of the party at the European Parliament elections and had requested a vote of confidence by the governing body of the formation.