Politics of Bulgaria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26893/all en UPDATE 1-Man points gun at leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-man-points-gun-at-leader-bulgarias-ethnic-turkish-part <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, President quote, background)</p> <p>SOFIA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A man leapt on stage and put a gun to the head of the leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party before security guards wrestled him to the ground during a televised conference on Saturday.</p> <p>Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) escaped unscathed, and it was not immediately clear why the attacker targeted him at the party congress in central Sofia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-man-points-gun-at-leader-bulgarias-ethnic-turkish-part" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Politics Politics of Bulgaria Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:00:51 +0000 5736632 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria ethnic Turkish party wants to trace attack "mastermind" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/bulgaria-ethnic-turkish-party-wants-trace-attack-mastermind <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SOFIA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party, whose leader escaped unhurt when a man pointed a gun to his head on stage at a party congress, said on Sunday it wanted police to investigate who was the "political mastermind" behind the attack.</p> <p>The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) accused the police and security services of failing to protect Ahmed Dogan from the man who tried on Saturday to shoot him twice before being wrestled to the ground by security guards.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/bulgaria-ethnic-turkish-party-wants-trace-attack-mastermind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Human Interest Movement for Rights and Freedoms Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:15:38 +0000 5736972 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Bulgarian government resigns amid growing protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130220/refile-update-1-bulgaria-government-resigns-after-national-prot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Joins list of European governments felled by austerity</p> <p>* PM will not seek to form new government</p> <p>* Election will probably be brought forward from July</p> <p>By Sam Cage and Tsvetelia Tsolova</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after mass protests against high power prices and falling living standards, joining a long list of European administrations felled by austerity during four years of debt crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130220/refile-update-1-bulgaria-government-resigns-after-national-prot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borisov Boyko Borisov Business Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Europe Government Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:15:03 +0000 5760788 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria: Government quits after days of protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/bulgaria-government-quits-protests-resigns Bulgaria's government quit on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced, after days of sometimes violent protests sparked by sharply higher electricity prices expanded into nationwide demonstrations.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/bulgaria-government-quits-protests-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boyko Borisov Boyko Borisov Disaster Europe Government Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:30:00 +0000 5760890 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgarian parliament accepts govt's resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/bulgarian-parliament-accepts-govts-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SOFIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's parliament accepted the resignation on Thursday of right-of-centre Prime Minister Boiko Borisov's government, which stepped down after a series of nationwide protests over high energy prices turned violent.</p> <p>The move opens the way for an early general election. Both Borisov's ruling GERB party and its rivals, the opposition Socialists, have said they have no interest in participating in a caretaker government ahead of the regularly scheduled July vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/bulgarian-parliament-accepts-govts-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:01:55 +0000 5762001 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Bulgarian parliament accepts government's resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/update-1-bulgarian-parliament-accepts-governments-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Early election likely, possibly by late April</p> <p>* Analysts say vote could produce hung parliament, political stalemate</p> <p>By Michael Winfrey and Tsvetelia Tsolova</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's parliament accepted the government's resignation on Thursday after a spate of violent protests over high utility bills, opening the way for an early election and underscoring anger in Europe over weak growth and austerity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/update-1-bulgarian-parliament-accepts-governments-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:01:58 +0000 5762002 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria parliament accepts government resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/bulgaria-parliament-accepts-government-resignation-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria's parliament accepted Thursday the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government after days of sometimes violent protests against high electricity bills and low wages in the EU's poorest country.</p> <p>The surprise resignation announced on Wednesday came five months ahead of the scheduled end of the government's term of office, opening the way for early elections in late April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/bulgaria-parliament-accepts-government-resignation-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Technology AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:16:44 +0000 5762107 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Bulgaria faces deadlock after government quits http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/update-2-bulgarian-parliament-accepts-governments-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Early election likely, possibly by late April</p> <p>* Analysts say vote could produce hung parliament, stalemate</p> <p>By Michael Winfrey and Tsvetelia Tsolova</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's parliament on Thursday accepted the government's decision to resign in the face of anti-austerity protests, opening the way for an early election that may benefit fringe parties and make it hard to form a stable government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/update-2-bulgarian-parliament-accepts-governments-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Europe Government Health Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:45:15 +0000 5762125 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria parliament accepts government resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/bulgaria-parliament-accepts-government-resignation-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria's parliament accepted Thursday the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government after days of sometimes violent protests against high electricity bills and low wages in the EU's poorest country.</p> <p>The surprise resignation announced on Wednesday came five months ahead of the scheduled end of the government's term of office, opening the way for early elections in late April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/bulgaria-parliament-accepts-government-resignation-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boyko Borisov Europe Government Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Technology AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:01:12 +0000 5762218 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria government resigns, snap elections on the way http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/bulgaria-government-resigns-snap-elections-the-way <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria's parliament accepted Thursday the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government after days of at times violent protests over low wages and persistent corruption, opening the way for early elections in late April.</p> <p>The surprise resignation, which was announced on Wednesday, came five months before the government's term of office was due to end. </p> <p>But it followed nationwide protests in the past 10 days that were sparked by high electricity bills but soon snowballed into wider anger against deepening poverty and corruption in the EU's poorest country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/bulgaria-government-resigns-snap-elections-the-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boyko Borisov Europe Government Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:31:10 +0000 5762587 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria begins talks for new cabinet, election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/bulgaria-begins-talks-new-cabinet-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Main political parties support early election</p> <p>* Bulgaria may have interim government next week</p> <p>* More protests over electricity prices planned</p> <p>By Tsvetelia Tsolova</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's president launched talks to create a new government on Friday after violent protests toppled the austerity-minded cabinet and put the Balkan country on course for an early election and a potential political deadlock.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/bulgaria-begins-talks-new-cabinet-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Europe Government Health Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:00:22 +0000 5763315 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Early election for Bulgaria after government quits http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/update-1-bulgaria-headed-early-election-mid-may <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Main parties declined chance to form government</p> <p>* Bulgaria to have interim government</p> <p>* More protests over electricity prices planned</p> <p>By Tsvetelia Tsolova</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's president will appoint a caretaker government ahead of a parliamentary election by mid-May after protests toppled austerity-minded Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, the president said on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/update-1-bulgaria-headed-early-election-mid-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Europe Government Health Labor Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:45:04 +0000 5763498 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgarian protests for cheaper energy intensify http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/bulgarian-protests-cheaper-energy-intensify <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rallies across Bulgaria after government ousted</p> <p>* New election expected by May</p> <p>* Electricity bills at times exceed incomes</p> <p>By Tsvetelia Tsolova</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people marched in cities across Bulgaria on Sunday, demanding an end to high utility bills and new voting rules after the government was toppled last week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/bulgarian-protests-cheaper-energy-intensify" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Europe Government Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:00:49 +0000 5764902 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgarians rally against political establishment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/bulgarians-rally-against-political-establishment-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across Bulgaria on Sunday to denounce poor living standards and corruption plaguing the country, just days after the right-wing government was forced to resign.</p> <p>More than 10,000 protesters marched in downtown Sofia under the slogan "End to illusions, civil action every day!"</p> <p>They shouted "Mafia!" and "All parties out!" near parliament and the presidency, waving white-green-and-red Bulgarian flags.</p> <p>President Rosen Plevneliev appeared briefly before the crowd but was greeted with boos and jeers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/bulgarians-rally-against-political-establishment-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boyko Borisov Government Politics of Bulgaria AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:47:16 +0000 5765081 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgarian leftists call for help on power bills http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/bulgarian-leftists-call-help-power-bills <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Socialists want power price cuts, support pension hike</p> <p>* Protests continue even though government resigned</p> <p>* President to name interim government next week</p> <p>By Angel Krasimirov</p> <p>SOFIA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's leftist opposition called on Tuesday for the quick formation of a caretaker government to raise pensions and cut power bills to help the Balkan country's poorest people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/bulgarian-leftists-call-help-power-bills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Politics Politics of Bulgaria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:31:09 +0000 5766948 at http://www.globalpost.com