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Call of Bulgaria's wild beckons for orphan bears


SOFIA Three brown bear cubs stare forlornly through the bars of a cage as they prepare for a journey though the borderlands of Bulgaria.


No euro candidate meets accession criteria - ECB 23 May 2018

FRANKFURT None of the countries seeking to adopt the euro meet all accession criteria, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Bulgaria's hopes of joining the currency bloc quickly.


China says eastern European summits are good for EU 23 May 2018

BEIJING Annual summits between China and central and eastern European countries are beneficial to the European Union as a whole, the Chinese government's told Bulgaria's foreign minister, brushing off concern that Beijing is seeking to divide the continent.


Bulgaria does not meet all euro entry criteria, Commission to say 22 May 2018

BRUSSELS Euro-hopeful Bulgaria does not yet meet the criteria to adopt the single currency, the European Commission will say on Wednesday in an assessment of European Union countries that must one day switch to the euro.


Bulgarian truckers protest against proposed EU rules during summit 17 May 2018

SOFIA Hundreds of truck drivers blocked roads across Bulgaria on Thursday as European Union leaders met in Sofia, protesting against proposed EU rules they say would cost their jobs and put their firms out of business.

Bulgaria govt approves plan to buy fighter jets, armoured vehicles 16 May 2018

SOFIA The Bulgarian government on Wednesday approved the purchase of up to 10 new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s as well as the purchase of 150 combat vehicles, the defence minister said.

Bulgarian government prepares to revive Belene nuclear project 16 May 2018

SOFIA The Bulgarian government decided on Wednesday to ask parliament to lift a ban on the development of the 2,000-megawatt Belene nuclear power plant as it gears up to attract foreign investors to revive the project.


Bulgaria charges two Corpbank supervisors with mismanagement 11 May 2018

SOFIA Bulgarian prosecutors have charged two supervisors of bankrupt Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank) with alleged deliberate mismanagement, the Sofia City Court said on Friday.

Bulgaria investigates case of 'Nazi' boys at soccer cup final 11 May 2018

SOFIA Bulgarian authorities said they were investigating photographs that appear to show a child making a Nazi salute and another with a swastika on his chest at the country's soccer cup final.

Bulgaria may buy up to 10 warplanes as process goes back to scratch 01 May 2018

SOFIA Bulgaria could eventually be in the market for up to 10 new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on Tuesday.


Italy's president calls in former IMF official amid political turmoil

ROME Italy's president is expected to ask a former International Monetary Fund official on Monday to head a stopgap government amidst political and constitutional turmoil, with early elections looking inevitable.