Latest News from Bulgaria

Thirty Years: The Changing State of Freedom in Central Europe

This is the latest in a series of articles on the legacy of the fall of the Iron Curtain 30 years ago. See more.

In a period of just six months, protest-driven popular movements swept away communist regimes in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania — all of which had consistently been rated "Not Free" by Freedom House.

The French Ambassador Was Summoned to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry

On instructions from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Foreign Minister Petko Doikov summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the French Ambassador to Bulgaria Florence Robin, MFA press centre reported.

#2019PresidentialElection/INTERVIEW Diaconu: Order of law must be respected in letter and spirit, only path for Romania

Mircea Diaconu, independent candidate for the presidential election supported by the "Un om" (A human being) electoral alliance, made up of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and PRO Romania, said in an interview with AGERPRES that he does not deem necessary a modification of the Constitution, inasmuch as everything should first be laid down on the existing "order of law".

Bulgaria Ruling Party Retakes Capital in Local Elections

Yordanka Fandakova, acting mayor of Sofia and nominee of the ruling GERB party, won the second round of local elections in the Bulgarian capital against the protest candidate and former ombudsperson Maya Manolova on Sunday.

Borissov: Macron Assured me that he Never Criticised Bulgarian Citizens

"French President Emmanuel Macron has contacted me to assure me that the leaked information about his words in an interview does not reflect the truth," Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in his official Facebook profile.

"He assured me that he has never criticised Bulgarian citizens, workers or institutions. President Macron reaffirmed his support for Bulgaria," Borissov writes.

Results of Run-Offs for District Mayors in Sofia at 100% Proceeded Protocols

Yesterday elections were hed in 22 districts of Sofia. Only Bankya and Kremikovtsi elected mayors last Sunday. In Bankya Rangel Markov from GERB won the first round, and in "Kremikovtsi" the independent candidate Lilia Donkova became the district mayor.

Mariana Nikolova on an Official Visit to China

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy Mariana Nikolova will pay an official visit to China from November 4 to November 7.

Nikolova will participate in the second edition of the "China International Imports Exhibition" to be held in Shanghai.

Weather Forecast: Windy with Rain across Southwestern Bulgaria

It will be windy today, with strong and gusty wind from the south-southwest in eastern Bulgaria and north of the mountains, moderate in the rest of the country. In the evening in western Bulgaria the wind will weaken and will start blowing from the west.

A passage to Europe

Let me start with a bit of wonderful news: Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Chang'an Cargo Train (a.k.a. China Railway Express) is to make a short stop in Ankara. It is then going to pass under the Bosphorus, using the Marmaray tunnel. This is going to be the first direct cargo train traveling from Xian, China, to Europe, arriving at Prague passing through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia.

Gallup First Exit Poll Results: Ivan Portnih Is the New Mayor of Varna

Most of the voters in Varna preferred their new mayor to be Ivan Portnih. 60.8% of the inhabitants of Bulgaria's maritime capital voted for it. The other candidate for the run-off, Kostadin Kostadinov, gained 35.1% of Varna citizens' votes, according to a Gallup poll commissioned by Nova TV.

There Were Fewer Complaints in Second Round of Local Elections

Complaints over irregularities during the second round of local elections in Bulgaria are about 7 percent less in comparison to the first round, the Central Election Commission announced an hour before the end of elections. The mayoral run-off in more than one third of the municipalities in Bulgaria is about to end with lower voter turnout in comparison to the first round.