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Negative Monthly Inflation Registered in May

The monthly inflation in May was -0.5% and the consumer price index for the same month was 99.5 %, according to Bulgaria's National Statistical Institute latest data.

The inflation rate since the beginning of the year (May 2014 compared to December 2013) has been -1.0% and the annual inflation in May 2014 compared to May 2013 was -2.0 %.

Bear Chases Two Men Near Bulgaria’s Smolyan

Two men near Bulgaria's Rhodope city of Smolyan complained of being chased by a bear.

The men, aged 31 and 56, alarmed of being attacked by a bear in the Soskovcheto terrain, Vesti.bg reported. They managed to run away, but the elder man fell along the way, injuring his head and arm.

Elena Udrea: PMP to back single candidate of Right only if he is Cristian Diaconescu

The People's Movement Party (PMP) President Elena Udrea says that the party she leads will back the variant of a single candidate of the Right in the presidential elections, if the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) and the National Liberal Party (PNL) back the PMP candidate Cristian Diaconescu.

Golden Dawn MP granted extension to testify

The two magistrates investigating the suspected criminal activities of far-right party Golden Dawn granted MP Eleni Zaroulia several days to prepare her testimony.

Zaroulia, who is answering to charges of belonging to and running a criminal organization, was given until June 17 to respond to the charges.

Balkan ‘Dysfunctional' Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

A new report by Freedom House ranked Kosovo, Bosnia, Albania and Macedonia lowest in the Balkan region in terms of democratic standards.

Kosovo is rated the worst in the region, with a democracy score of 5.14 on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 represents the highest level of democratic progress and 7 the lowest.

Ukrainians to Build Aqua Park in Montenegro

Aqualand Montenegro, the Montenegrin arm of a Ukrainian chain of amusement parks, announced on Monday that the eight-million-euro water park, which will also have a dolphinarium, will be built by the summer of 2016.

Nikolic, Vucic pursuing same policy

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic are maintaining constant communication and there are no disagreements between them, presidential foreign policy adviser Ivan Mrkic has said.

Notorious Sofia City Prosecutor Roman Vasilev Calls It Quits

Roman Vasilev, Former Deputy Sofia City Prosecutor and current prosecutor at the Specialized Prosecutor's Office of Appeals is leaving the judicial system, Thursday.

The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to put Vasilev's resignation to the vote today, Bulgaria's Telegraph Agency reports.

"Nikolić and Vučić pursue same policy" - adviser

"Nikolić and Vučić pursue same policy" - adviser

BERN -- President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić "are maintaining constant communication and there are no disagreements between them."

This is what Nikolić's foreign policy adviser and former foreign minister Ivan Mrkić told the daily Danas.

Mandatory Voting Idea 'Cynical', Will Harm DPS - Lyutvi Mestan

Co-ruling Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS)'s leader Lyutvi Mestan described compulsory voting as a "cynical" idea that would bring harm to Bulgarian politics.

"Mandatory voting will hurt the DPS. It also hurt the political system and will not treat, but only deepen its defects," private channel bTV quoted Mestan as saying before entering Parliament Thursday.

Croat Family Values Group Demand Electoral Reform

The right-wing campaigning group that pushed successfully last year for a referendum outlawing the possibility of gay marriage is now turning its attention to electoral reform.

On Wednesday, Zeljka Markic, a member of In the Name of the Family, announced that they were collecting signatures for the referendum on the way people vote.

Bulgaria to Nominate Irina Bokova for UN Secretary-General

Bulgaria will nominate UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova for the post of UN Secretary-General, according to unconfirmed reports.

The proposal was made by Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin, but no official statement has been released yet, Focus agency reported.

Supreme Labor Council approves mass dismissals at Hellenic Halyvourgia

Forty-five employees of the Hellenic Halyvourgia steel factory will lose their jobs after the Supreme Labor Council approved the dismissals by a 4-3 majority vote late Wednesday.

It is the first time that the council – which brings together representatives from the labor ministry, workers' unions and employers – has given the green light for mass dismissals.

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