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Feb 11, 2012

Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty

BERLIN/SOFIA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance.

More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) while 4,000 Bulgarians in Sofia rallied against the agreement designed to strengthen the legal framework for intellectual property rights.

Feb 7, 2012

Snow cuts off hundreds of villages in eastern Europe

SOFIA (Reuters) – Heavy snowfall and strong winds across eastern Europe cut off hundreds of villages on Tuesday and rescue teams struggled to evacuate people in southern Bulgaria where rain and melting snow caused a dam wall to break, flooding an entire village.

A river dike also broke under intense water pressure near Kapitan Andreevo at the border with Turkey, officials said.

Feb 6, 2012

Cold kills 33 more in Europe, dam breaks in Bulgaria

SOFIA (Reuters) – Europe’s bitterly cold weather killed another 33 people on Monday and melting snow caused a dam wall to break and flood an entire village in Bulgaria.

Gas supplies to the European Union from Russia improved at the weekend but have not fully recovered, the European Commission said, as Italy convened a crisis committee to handle what it called critical shortages of Russian gas.

Oct 31, 2011

Bulgaria’s Plevneliev wins presidency

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s ruling GERB party candidate, Rosen Plevneliev, won a presidential run-off against his Socialist opponent, preliminary official results showed on Monday, strengthening his party’s grip on power before a parliamentary poll.

Second-placed Ivailo Kalfin, former foreign minister in the previous Socialist-led cabinet, won 47.4 percent after 99.9 percent of the votes cast in Sunday’s election were counted, data from the central electoral commission showed.

Oct 30, 2011

Bulgaria PM’s party set to win presidency: exit polls

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s ruling GERB party candidate, Rosen Plevneliev, is set to win a presidential election run-off Sunday against Socialist Ivailo Kalfin with about 55 percent support, two exit polls showed.

Alpha Research and Gallup International polls put Plevneliev comfortably ahead of Kalfin who got 45 percent backing — a victory which would strengthen Prime Minister Boiko Borisov’s grip on power in the European Union’s poorest state before 2013 general elections.

Oct 30, 2011

Bulgaria PM’s party set for presidential win

SOFIA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Bulgarians started voting in a
presidential run-off on Sunday likely to be won by the ruling
centre-right GERB party’s candidate, strengthening its hand
before 2013 general elections.

GERB’s candidate Rosen Plevneliev won 40 percent of the vote
in last week’s first round after a campaign blighted by rallies
against the Roma minority and corruption, highlighting problems
facing the European Union’s poorest state.

Oct 20, 2011

Bulgaria PM Borisov set to tighten grip after polls

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borisov is set to tighten his grip on power in the European Union’s poorest member in presidential and local elections on Sunday, after a campaign marred by protests and violence.

Results will probably show the popularity of Borisov’s GERB party has fallen since it took power in 2009 as the campaign highlighted its struggle to address unemployment, graft and the fragile position of ethnic minorities.

Oct 14, 2011

Bomb hits reporter’s car during Barroso Bulgaria visit

SOFIA (Reuters) – A bomb blew up the car of a popular Bulgarian journalist late on Thursday in Sofia, coinciding with a visit of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and three members of the Commission to the Balkan country, police said.

The explosion caused no casualties but the incident is the latest blow to the centre-right government’s efforts to put an end to the climate of impunity in one of the most corrupt EU member states ahead of local and presidential polls on October 23.

Oct 14, 2011

Journalist car blows up during Barroso Bulgaria visit

SOFIA (Reuters) – A bomb blew up the car of a popular Bulgarian journalist late Thursday in Sofia, coinciding with a visit of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and three members of the Commission to the Balkan country, police said.

The explosion caused no casualties but the incident is the latest blow to the center-right government’s efforts to put an end to the climate of impunity in one of the most corrupt EU member states ahead of local and presidential polls on October 23.

Oct 5, 2011

Bulgaria remembers its most famous clairvoyant

RUPITE, Bulgaria (Reuters) – Hushed voices start filling the air as people from all walks of life slowly gather on the sunlit lawn near the church in Rupite to remember Vanga — the Bulgarian clairvoyant who helped thousands with advice during her lifetime.

Belief in fortune tellers and mysticism is widespread across Bulgaria and other Balkan countries and some 200 people gathered this week for the 100th anniversary of the birth of the internationally renowned seer whose real name was Vangelia Gushterova.