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Greek primary budget surplus at 707 mln in first half of 2014

Greece’s primary budget surplus was 707 million euros in the first half of the year, some 70 million euros ahead of target, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.

During the same period last year Greece produced a primary deficit of 1.51 billion euros.

"Serbia wanted capitalism, no place for socialist laws"

"Serbia wanted capitalism, no place for socialist laws"

BELGRADE -- Serbia has voted for a new social system - and it is capitalism, Serbia's Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić noted over the weekend.

1 in 10 Convicted to Jail Criminals in Bulgaria Is Hiding

Roughly one in 10 convicted to jail criminals in Bulgaria is hiding from the law, reports Sega daily. 

According to the report of the Prosecutor's Office, published on its website, in 2013 871 criminals, sentenced to prison terms, have practically disappeared and are being sought, both in Bulgaria and abroad. 

Over 1/4 of Greeks Indebted, Outstanding Loans Valued at EUR 67 B

More than 2.5 million people in Greece are in delinquency, with overdue loans estimated at EUR 67.25 B, Greek electronic media outlets report.

Website Ethnos, as cited by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), writes that "hostages" to the tax authorities include 2.5 million Greeks whose debts to the state grow rapidly every month.

Jihadists seize Iraq monastery

Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country's best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday.

Bulgaria's President Vows Timely Formation of Caretaker Govt

Bulgarian President Georgi Plevneliev has assured that the caretaker government will be formed in time and will reflect the urgent tasks which the country needs to address.

Plevneliev told journalists in Plovdiv on Monday that the caretaker government was not supposed to be a panel of randomly nominated candidates, stressing that it had to be based on solid principles and priorities.

Syria rebels press offensive against jihadists near Damascus: NGO

Syrian rebels battled jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) near Damascus on Monday, pressing their bid to expel them from their strongholds, a monitoring group said.
Rebels holding positions in southern Damascus and the outskirts of the capital and seeking President Bashar al-Assad's ouster, launched an offensive some three weeks ago to expel IS.

Bulgarian Car Market Grew 15% from January 2014

Bulgaria's car market has marked a 15.2% growth since the beginning of 2014.

A total of 10 332 new cars were sold compared to 8971 cars during the same period last year, website BGNES reports.

The market has grown 5.6% in the sixth month of the year, with 2052 cars sold compared to 1944 in June 2013.

Troicki makes successful comeback at Swiss Open

GSTAAD - Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki qualified for the Swiss Open second round in Gstaad as he defeated Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Monday match, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Troicki made a successful comeback to completion routines after a one-year suspension pronounced in July 2013 for violation of anti-doping regulations.

Bulgarian Wheat to Be Exported as Romanian

A significant part of this year's Bulgarian wheat is expected to be exported through Romania.

The reason is that Romania won a wheat supply auction in Egypt and Bulgaria couldn't participate in it.

Vulin announces adoption on trade union, strike laws

LAZAREVAC - Serbian Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran Care and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin announced on Monday the adoption of the law on strike and the law on trade unions which should regulate union issues, including trade union prominence.

Local official sued for theft, assaults reporter

Local official sued for theft, assaults reporter

BELGRADE -- The Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) has asked the police to punish the attacker on Beta agency's Gornji Milanovac-based journalist Živko Perišić.

Peršić was assaulted by the local community (MZ) of Zagrađe President Mile Trišić.