Latest News from Bulgaria

Erdoğan, Putin meeting in Istanbul ahead of TurkStream launch

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.

Jan. 8's meeting is being held ahead of the launch ceremony of TurkStream natural gas pipeline project in the city, which the two leaders are set to attend.

U.S. Delegation at the High-Level U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Dialogue in Sofia

Today, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and US Ambassador Herro Mustafa open the first session of the Bulgaria-US Strategic Dialogue.

Global issues, topics in the fields of defense, security, economy, trade, energy, the rule of law will be discussed in separate panels within the forum

Sunny Today, with Light to Moderate Northwest Wind

It will be sunny today, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) reported. There will be light northwest wind; in eastern Bulgaria it will be moderate, blowing from the north.
Maximum temperatures between 2C and 7C, in Sofia - about 3C. Atmospheric pressure will be higher than the monthly average and will remain constant throughout the day.


Bulgarian Women Battle on for Recognition of Their Marriage

Despite a setback before Bulgaria's Supreme Court, Lili Babulkova and Darina Koilova have vowed to continue the struggle to have their marriage recognised - even if they have to go to the ECHR.

Ivan Geshev Ordered Joint Checks of Local Waste Holders' Compliance with the Laws

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev on January 6 ordered the Interior Minister and the Head of of the State Agency for National Security to conduct joint checks of local waste holders' compliance with the Waste Management Act and the Environmental Protection Act, the Prosecutor's office said in a press release on January 6, BNT reported.

BNR: Bulgarian Carriers Getting Ready for National Protest on January 13

Representatives of various branch organizations in the transport sector in Bulgaria have demanded the resignation of the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Petya Avramova because of what they say are unfair tariffs, as well as because the scope of the toll system.

Iron Church attracts 300,000 visitors in two years

Over 300,000 people, mostly Bulgarian tourists, visited the Bulgarian St. Stephen Church in Istanbul since it was reopened two years ago, executives of a foundation overseeing the monumental building have said.

Erdoğan-Putin to meet with Idlib,Libya top on their agenda

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet in Istanbul on Jan. 8 to attend the inauguration ceremony of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline.

The pipeline will transmit Russian natural gas to Turkey and Europe under the Black Sea.

Police detains 12 PKK terror suspects

Turkish police on Jan. 7 detained 12 PKK and DHKP-C terror suspects during a counter-terrorism operation in the western İzmir province.

The suspects were accused of spreading terrorist propaganda on social media platforms, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Which were the Most Popular Baby Names in Bulgaria in 2019?

Viktoria and Aleksandar were the most popular names for newborn babies in Bulgaria in 2019, according to data of the National Statistical Institute. Some 732 baby girls were given the most popular name in 2019. The second most desired name was Maria - 680, followed by Nikol - 596. The newborn boys in 2019, who were named Aleksandar, were 1,036.

Serbia's National Debt has Doubled in the Last 10 Years

Serbia's debt has almost doubled in the last decade, rising steadily over the last two years, reaching over half of the Balkan country's GDP. According to experts this is a very high level of indebtedness for the Serbian economy that has low productivity.

Volleyball: Turkish women to fight for 2020 Olympics

The volleyball qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will start in the Netherlands on Jan. 7.

The eight teams are set to join the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 in the city of Apeldoorn.

Turkey, Netherlands, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Belgium, Croatia, and Azerbaijan will compete to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.