Latest News from Bulgaria

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.

'Bulgaria without Censorship' Leader Seeks Early Elections on Oct 26

Nikolay Barekov, leader of the Bulgaria without Censorship party, has said that the formation supports a no-confidence motion against the socialist-led government.

According to preliminary results of the European Parliament elections, the Bulgaria without Censorship party of the former TV host will send two MEPs to the European Parliament.

ALDE-affiliated Bulgarian Rogue Candidate Withdraws

From Euractiv

Much to the relief of the European liberal family, Delyan Peevski, a controversial candidate from the ALDE-affiliated “Movement of Rights and Freedoms” (DPS) announced during the election night that in spite of being elected, he would not take up his seat as MEP.