Sergei Stanishev

Bulgarian Splits Widen Over Russian Pipeline

Bulgaria’s ruling Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, said it disagreed with its senior coalition partner, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, over plans to continue building the South Stream pipeline, which the EU has opposed.

The European Commission opened an infringement procedure against Bulgaria on 3 June, and asked the authorities to halt construction work in the meantime.

Prime Minister Oresharski Plans to Reshuffle Cabinet

Less than five ministers will be replaced, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in parliament after his Government survived the fourth no confidence vote on Friday morning. 

He refused to say which ministers will be replaced, because he still hasn't discussed the matter with the coalition leaders Sergei Stanishev and Lyutvi Mestan. 

25% of Bulgarian Voters Cast Preferential Ballot in the EU Elections

Every fourth voter in the European elections in Bulgaria used their right of preferential vote, shows data of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC). 

This was the first time the Bulgarians voters had the actual right to select a candidate who is further down on the party or coalition ballot list.