Bulgaria

Country Bulgaria
Capital Sofia
Continent Europe
Currency Lev(BGN)
Languages Bulgarian

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Introduction

The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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Bulgaria - Wikipedia
Bulgaria - CIA World Fact Book
Bulgaria - BBC
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Netherlands decline accelerates with defeat to Bulgaria - Irish Times

Irish Times

Netherlands decline accelerates with defeat to Bulgaria
Irish Times
“What can you say, this is a nightmare,” said Arjen Robben, in the wake of his country's latest footballing horror show: defeat at the hands of a fairly ordinary Bulgaria side which leaves Holland in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group ...
Bulgaria 2 Holland 0: Spas Delev double leaves worst Dutch side ever facing grim prospect of missing out on a second ...The Sun
Netherlands sack manager Danny Blind following loss to BulgariaESPN FC
Danny Blind sacked as Netherlands head coach after Bulgaria defeatBBC Sport
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Borisov wins third term in Bulgaria but needs coalition to govern - Financial Times

Financial Times

Borisov wins third term in Bulgaria but needs coalition to govern
Financial Times
Boyko Borisov, the former prime minister and leader of the Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria party, has won an unprecedented third term in office but will be unable to govern without the backing of a clutch of unpredictable small parties.
Centre-right party tops Bulgarian electionToronto Star
Ex-Premier's Party Wins Bulgaria Vote to Boost Pro-EU StanceBloomberg
Borisov's pro-EU party beats Socialists in Bulgaria's snap electionThe Guardian
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Bulgaria wants exemption from planned EU pollution curbs on coal-fired plants - Channel NewsAsia

The Sofia Globe

Bulgaria wants exemption from planned EU pollution curbs on coal-fired plants
Channel NewsAsia
SOFIA: Bulgaria will seek an exemption from European Commission plans to introduce more pollution curbs on big thermal power plants, saying they would pose risks to the country's energy security and economic competitiveness. Bulgaria's big coal-fired ...
Juncker: EC to 'explore options' to help Bulgaria guard EU external ...The Sofia Globe

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Election tests Bulgaria's divided loyalties - Reuters

Reuters

Election tests Bulgaria's divided loyalties
Reuters
Bulgarians headed to the booths for the third time in four years on Sunday for a snap election that is expected to test the nation's divided loyalties between Russia and the European Union. Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL ...



DAILY BRIEFING: Pro-EU camp wins in Bulgaria - just | Reuters - Reuters UK

Reuters UK

DAILY BRIEFING: Pro-EU camp wins in Bulgaria - just | Reuters
Reuters UK
Bulgaria's pro-EU GERB party narrowly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, seeing off a challenge by a pro-Russian Socialist Party which nonetheless ...

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Borissov's GERB wins Bulgarian election, difficult coalition talks ahead - EurActiv

EurActiv

Borissov's GERB wins Bulgarian election, difficult coalition talks ahead
EurActiv
The centre-right GERB party of former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has won 32.7% of votes in the early parliamentary election in Bulgaria, data from the central electoral commission showed today (27 March), with 78.9% of the ballots counted.



World Cup qualifiers: Portugal smash three past Hungary, Bulgaria stun Netherlands 2-0 - Scroll.in

Scroll.in

World Cup qualifiers: Portugal smash three past Hungary, Bulgaria stun Netherlands 2-0
Scroll.in
The Netherlands were beaten 2-0 by Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski stadium in Group A. It was a horrific debut for 17-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt as he handed Bulgaria an early goal. Spas Delev struck twice with his first international goal. The 2 ...

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Bulgaria's 2017 parliamentary elections: nationalist coalition ... - The Sofia Globe

The Sofia Globe

Bulgaria's 2017 parliamentary elections: nationalist coalition ...
The Sofia Globe
Valeri Simeonov, one of the co-leaders of the United Patriots coalition of nationalist parties in Bulgaria's March 26 2017 parliamentary elections, admitted he was ...

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Bulgarians block border checkpoints with Turkey to prevent 'electoral tourism' - Toronto Star

Toronto Star

Bulgarians block border checkpoints with Turkey to prevent 'electoral tourism'
Toronto Star
SOFIA, BULGARIA—Several hundred Bulgarian nationalists have blocked the three main checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border for a few hours Tuesday to prevent what they called “electoral tourism” by Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey.
Nationalists block checkpoint to prevent pro-Turkish voters from ...AMN Al-Masdar News (registration)
Former PM Borisov wants to keep Bulgaria on fast EU trackTimes of India
Bulgaria heads to the polls – and the tide may be turning against Boyko BorisovEUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Balkan Insight -Channel NewsAsia
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Police remove barricades at Turkish-Bulgarian border - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Police remove barricades at Turkish-Bulgarian border
Deutsche Welle
Amid growing tension between Sofia and Ankara, Bulgarian police on Friday removed barricades protesters had erected at at least two border crossings with Turkey. Bulgarian nationalists had attempted to prevent Bulgarian-Turkish dual citizens from ...
Bulgarian blockade at Turkish border liftedReuters
Erdogan accuses Bulgaria of 'putting pressure' on TurksPOLITICO.eu
Erdogan calls for fair, transparent elections in BulgariaWashington Post
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