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  1. May 13, 2013

    Bulgaria struggles to form coalition

    Bulgaria faced political stalemate on Monday as the centre-right winner of the country’s general election struggled to find...

  2. December 4, 2012

    Governance: Policy makers carry the fight to escape from Europe’s shadows

    Almost six years after Bulgaria’s entry into the EU, an occasional cloud of disappointment drifts over Sofia as Bulgarians...

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  1. Bulgaria 2012

    A sense of progress is evident despite slow post-crisis growth and the need to rein in...
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  1. January 26, 2012

    European left sets sights on treaty

    The European left, increasingly consigned to the continent’s political margins, is taking aim at a German-inspired fiscal...

  2. August 16, 2010

    Bulgaria steps up fight against crime

    Bulgaria’s informal indicator of organised crime activity – fleets of black SUVs filled with shaven-headed men in dark suits...

  3. July 15, 2010

    Ex-Bulgarian PM rejects document misuse claim

    Bulgaria’s former prime minister on Thursday rejected accusations he had mislaid classified documents while in office,...

  4. July 6, 2009

    Exit polls show Borissov ahead in Bulgaria's election

    Exit polls showed a new right-of-centre party led by Boyko Borissov, a former police officer and mayor of Sofia, holding a...

  5. July 6, 2009

    Exit polls show Borissov ahead in Bulgaria

    Exit polls showed a new right-of-centre party led by Boyko Borissov, a former police officer and mayor of Sofia, holding a...

  6. June 18, 2009

    Frustration at slow progress in EU

    Several thousand middle-aged Bulgarians rallied in Sofia on Tuesday outside the office of Sergey Stanishev, the prime...

  7. May 15, 2009

    Workers protest on gas cuts to Sofia plant

    Police clashed in central Sofia on Friday with workers protesting against the cut-off of gas supplies to Kremikovtzi, the...

  8. February 17, 2009

    Anti-corruption

    Brussels blog (Tony Barber) : Last week I met Ivan Simonovic, justice minister of Croatia, whose bid to join the European...

  9. Brussels Blog

    February 16, 2009

    Romania's anti-corruption efforts slow down - or go backwards

    Last week I met Ivan Simonovic, justice minister of Croatia, whose bid to join the European Union in 2011 or 2012 depends to...

  10. January 22, 2009

    Losers litter battlefield for Europe’s gas

    The natural gas war between Russia and Ukraine that caused dire energy shortages across eastern Europe in the past three...

  11. January 22, 2009

    Losers litter battlefield for Europe's gas

    The natural gas war between Russia and Ukraine that caused dire energy shortages across eastern Europe in the past three...

  12. January 15, 2009

    Shortages spark Sofia clash

    Bulgarian police clashed with demonstrators outside the parliament building in Sofia yesterday amid rising political and...

  13. January 14, 2009

    Peaceful protest turns to riot in Sofia

    Bulgarian police on Wednesday clashed with demonstrators outside the parliament building in Sofia amid rising political and...

  14. January 13, 2009

    Bulgarians review links with Moscow

    The gas crisis has prompted Bulgaria, which suffered the worst energy shortages, to consider cutting its dependence on...

  15. January 12, 2009

    Bulgarians review links with Moscow

    The gas crisis has prompted Bulgaria, which suffered the worst energy shortages, to consider cutting its dependence on...

  16. January 9, 2009

    Industry grinds to halt as gas runs short

    The impact of the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis on industry grew yesterday, as energy-intensive manufacturers - from cars to...

  17. January 8, 2009

    Industry grinds to halt as gas runs short

    The impact of the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis on industry grew on Thursday, as energy-intensive manufacturers – from cars to...

  18. December 4, 2008

    Europe's socialists: 'free market failed'

    Brussels blog (Tony Barber): To get a sense of how the financial turmoil and economic recession are reshaping European...

  19. Brussels Blog

    December 3, 2008

    Europe's socialists fight under the banner: "The Free Market Failed"

    To get a sense of how the financial turmoil and economic recession are reshaping European politics, take a look at...

  20. Brussels Blog

    November 20, 2008

    From Elba to Bulgaria: the life story of Dominique de Villepin

    It is unfortunate that Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, must stand trial for alleged involvement in...

  21. June 12, 2008

    At Europe’s wild frontier: How Bulgaria is struggling to combat organised crime

    Svetlana Stoeva pulls on her cigarette as she recalls the moment she learnt that her husband was dead – shot on his way to...

  22. June 10, 2008

    Bulgaria warns sanctions could boost extremists

    Brussels risks undermining Bulgaria's government and boosting political extremists if it imposes tough sanctions on Sofia...

  23. April 23, 2008

    Bulgaria moves to reassure EU over crime

    Sergey Stanishev, Bulgaria's prime minister, replaced three cabinet ministers yesterday in an attempt to persuade the...

  24. April 23, 2008

    Bulgaria moves to reassure EU over battle against crime

    Sergey Stanishev, Bulgaria's prime minister, replaced three cabinet ministers yesterday in an attempt to persuade the...

  25. April 17, 2008

    Bulgaria struggles to topple gangsters

    Rumen Petkov, Bulgaria's chain-smoking interior minister, was riding high last Friday after the Socialist-led government...

  26. April 17, 2008

    Bulgaria struggles to topple gangsters

    Rumen Petkov, Bulgaria's chain-smoking interior minister, was riding high last Friday after the Socialist-led government...

  27. April 15, 2008

    Minister pays price for Sofia shootings

    The sacking of Rumen Petkov, Bulgaria's interior minister, following two gangland-style shootings in Sofia, the capital,...

  28. April 14, 2008

    Minister pays price for Bulgaria shootings

    The sacking of Rumen Petkov, Bulgaria’s interior minister, following two gangland-style shootings in Sofia, the capital,...

  29. July 15, 2007

    Bulgaria moves to tackle organised crime

    Bulgaria’s parliament is on Monday due to approve the appointment of new ministers of the economy and justice with a brief...

  30. June 14, 2007

    Ten groups eye up nuclear plant

    Ten European energy groups have shown interest in becoming strategic investors in a €2bn ($2.7bn) project to build a new...

  31. May 22, 2007

    Populists claim slender win in Bulgaria poll

    A new rightwing party led by Boyko Borissov, the populist mayor of Sofia, scored a marginal victory in Bulgaria's first...

  32. May 21, 2007

    Populists triumph in Bulgaria

    A new party led by Boyko Borissov, the populist mayor of Sofia, scored a marginal victory in Bulgaria’s first European...

  33. May 8, 2007

    Bulgaria PM suspends minister

    Sergei Stanishev, Bulgaria's prime minister, yesterday suspended Rumen Ovcharov, the economy and energy minister, saying he...

  34. May 7, 2007

    Bulgaria PM suspends minister

    Sergei Stanishev, Bulgaria’s prime minister, on Monday suspended Rumen Ovcharov, the economy and energy minister, saying he...

  35. October 31, 2006

    Parvanov win painted as pro-EU triumph

    Bulgarian president Georgi Parvanov's decisive victory in Sunday's elections over his far-right-challenger was yesterday...

  36. October 30, 2006

    Parvanov win painted as pro-EU triumph

    Bulgarian president Georgi Parvanov’s decisive victory in Sunday’s elections over his far-right-challenger, was on Monday...

  37. September 27, 2006

    EU enlargement: forcing the issue

    Diana Wallis, a British MEP, had it right when she denounced the entirely unacceptable way in which the EU handled...

  38. Brussels Blog

    September 27, 2006

    EU enlargement: forcing the issue

    Diana Wallis, a British MEP, had it right when she denounced the entirely unacceptable way in which the EU handled...

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