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21 Sep 16

Bulgaria MPs Back Repaying Russian Nuclear Firm

Bulgarian MPs have backed a bill that allows the state budget to cover debts of over 0.6 billion euros owed by Bulgaria’s state electric company NEC to Russia’s Atomstroexport - but Brussels needs to give its approval.

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05 Sep 16

'Shadow' Economy Thriving in Balkans, Study Shows

New survey blames high rate of people working in hidden economy in Balkan region on mistrust in state institutions - and unfair tax systems that penalise those on low incomes.

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31 Aug 16

Tourism in Bulgaria Set For Record Summer

After 4.5 million tourists visited Bulgaria between January and July, which is 16.9 per cent more than in the same period in 2015, minister predicts best tourism year ever.

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15 Jul 16

Bulgarian Court Blocks Alleged Fraudster's Extradition

A Bulgarian court has blocked the extradition of Nedko Nedev, wanted in the US for market manipulation and insider trading, on the grounds that he has schizophrenia.

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15 Jul 16

Bulgaria Deputy PM Backs Restarting Belene Project

After being ordered to pay compensation of over half a billion euros to Russia’s Atomstroyexport for nuclear equipment, Bulgarian politicians are considering restarting the abandoned nuclear power project in Belene. 

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12 Jul 16

Iran Invites Bulgaria to Join New Transport Route

Bulgaria's Prime Minister, on a visit to Iran, said Tehran had asked Bulgaria to join a new transport route running from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, bypassing Turkey.

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21 Jun 16

Bulgaria Seeks Buyers for Nuclear Reactor

Bulgaria's Prime Minister said selling the existing equipment of the incompleted new nuclear power plant at Belene was the best option for the country.

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17 Jun 16

Bulgaria To Pay Half Billion to Russian Nuclear Company

International court ordered Bulgaria to compensate a Russian nuclear firm for over a half billion euros in damages.

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26 May 16

Bulgaria Bails Out its Indebted Municipalities

As local authorities in Bulgaria sink under the weight of their debts, the government plans to offer them interest-free loans to help them recover financially.

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05 May 16

Tycoon Accused of Plundering Bulgaria’s CCB Bank

A report on the bankruptcy of Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank accused its former owner Tsvetan Vasilev of acquiring over 1.2 billion euros of the bank’s assets through firms connected to him.

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11 Apr 16

Bulgaria Socialists Oppose Sale of Arms Firms

Bulgaria's opposition Socialist Party has condemned the planned privatization of two major arms firms on the grounds of their strategic importance to the country. 

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07 Apr 16

Bulgaria-Romania Gas Pipeline to Open in August

An Austrian company will complete the remaining 2.1 km of a long-anticipated gas interconnector that will help the energy diversification of the two Balkan countries.

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06 Apr 16

Bulgaria Eyes Key Role on China's 'Silk Road'

Bulgaria has announced two major Chinese investments in Burgas and Plovdiv, boosting hopes that the country may become a distribution hub for Chinese goods in Europe. 

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11 Mar 16

Bulgaria Arrests Suspected Wall Street Fraudster

Bulgaria has arrested Nedko Nedev, who is wanted in the US over charges of launching fake takeover bids to drive up company share prices, including Avon and Rocky Mountain. 

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24 Feb 16

Shell to Explore Bulgarian Offshore Gas Field

Contract signed with the petrol giant to explore the Silistar gas field in the Black Sea forms part of Bulgaria's drive to diversify its energy sources and reduce dependence on Russia.

Premium

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15 Mar 16

Bulgaria Gains from Drive to Woo Investors

Efforts to make Bulgaria’s business climate more attractive for foreign investors are paying off as FDI levels bounce back, but corruption and judicial reform remain key challenges.

01 Sep 14

New Bulgaria Bank Crisis Threatens Confidence

07 Dec 10

Turkey’s Balkan Shopping Spree

Politics and Society

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20 Sep 16

Bulgaria to Host New EU Border Agency Launch

The new EU Border and Coast Guard agency will be launched on October 6 in Bulgaria as part of European states’ attempt to deal with the refugee crisis.

13 Sep 16

Tensions Grow Over Bulgaria's UN Candidate

Culture and Lifestyle

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15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

Visiting the Balkans this summer? Get off the beaten track and visit some of the region’s lesser-known beauty spots.

05 Aug 16

Balkan Athletes Ready to Wave Flags in Rio