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Nov 3, 2015

Bulgarian police protest benefit cuts, in challenge to government

SOFIA (Reuters) – Hundreds of Bulgarian policemen, firemen and prison guards staged a spontaneous protest on Tuesday against cuts to their pensions and benefits, testing the authority of the center-right government.

The demonstrators blocked major roads in the capital Sofia and held rallies in several other cities, demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova, who is trying to force through the changes.

Oct 16, 2015

Afghan refugee killed trying to enter Bulgaria

SOFIA (Reuters) – An Afghan asylum seeker was fatally wounded by Bulgarian border police when a warning shot ricocheted, Bulgarian officials said on Friday, in what the United Nations said was the first incident of its kind in the current migration crisis.

The man was traveling with a large group of refugees from Afghanistan when confronted late on Thursday by a police patrol near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Sredets.

Oct 16, 2015

U.N. deplores death of Afghan shot trying to enter Bulgaria

SOFIA (Reuters) – An Afghan asylum seeker was fatally wounded by Bulgarian border police when a warning shot ricocheted, Bulgarian officials said on Friday, in what the United Nations said was the first incident of its kind in the current migration crisis.

The man was traveling with a large group of refugees from Afghanistan when confronted late on Thursday by a police patrol near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Sredets.

Oct 5, 2015

Bulgarian central bank to tighten supervision after crisis

SOFIA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s central bank plans to
give legal protection to whistleblowers at local banks and to
rotate auditors in an attempt to avert a repeat of a banking
crisis last year.

The sudden collapse of Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank),
the Balkan country’s fourth-largest lender, in June 2014 and
subsequent corruption investigations have raised question about
the way Bulgarian banks are monitored.

Sep 23, 2015

Bulgarian parliament passes judicial reforms to tackle graft

SOFIA (Reuters) – The Bulgarian parliament approved reforms on Wednesday aimed at tackling corruption and streamlining the Balkan country’s judicial system, including by beefing up the powers of a watchdog overseeing the behavior of judges and prosecutors.

Bulgaria is one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union and, in contrast to its neighbor Romania, where a sweeping crackdown on graft is underway, has made scant progress in jailing senior officials and crime bosses.

Sep 5, 2015

Ever-present Romania want to crack one-win barrier

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – The odds are stacked against Romania progressing beyond the World Cup’s pool phase for the first time and even a target of two victories seem hardly achievable.

The Oaks, who have played in every World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987 but notched only five wins, may return home empty handed from a tough Pool D the includes France, Ireland, Italy and Canada.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Ever-present Romania want to crack one-win barrier

BUCHAREST, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The odds are stacked against Romania progressing beyond the World Cup’s pool phase for the first time and even a target of two victories seem hardly achievable.

The Oaks, who have played in every World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987 but notched only five wins, may return home empty handed from a tough Pool D the includes France, Ireland, Italy and Canada.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Little Astana not ready for group stages, says coach

SOFIA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Rank outsiders Astana are not ready to make their maiden appearance in the group stages of the Champions League, according to their Bulgarian coach Stanimir Stoilov.

The Kazakh team were drawn in Group C on Thursday alongside twice winners Benfica, 2014 runners-up Atletico Madrid and regular Champions League combatants Galatasaray.

Jul 6, 2015

Bulgaria eyes Poland fighter deal to cut dependence on Russia

SOFIA (Reuters) – To reduce its dependence on Russia, Bulgaria is working to sign a contract with Poland as early as July to service Sofia’s Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets, maintained until now by Russia, Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Monday.

A standoff between the West and Russia over Ukraine has forced Bulgaria, part of the Soviet-dominated Warsaw Pact during the Cold War but a NATO member since 2004, to walk a tightrope over its military, energy and trade relations with Russia.

Jun 29, 2015

Greece’s wary neighbors hope bank crisis doesn’t come their way

SOFIA/SKOPJE (Reuters) – Petar Bakhchevanov withdrew some cash from an ATM in Bulgaria’s capital on Monday as a test to make sure the deepening debt crisis in neighboring Greece had not spread to the Greek-owned bank where he keeps his savings.

Millions of people in ex-Communist Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Romania have deposits in banks owned by Greek lenders, putting this corner of south-eastern Europe in the frontline if there is contagion from the Greek crisis.

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