Curious about politics in Bulgaria? This page may shed some light.
Bulgaria is a parliamentary democracy where the prime minister is the head of government and the most powerful executive position. The political system has three branches—legislative, executive and judicial, with universal suffrage for citizens at least 18 years old. The Constitution also provides possibilities of direct democracy, namely petitions and national referenda. Elections are supervised by an independent Central Election Commission that includes members from all major political parties. Parties must register with the commission prior to participating in a national election. Normally, the prime minister-elect is the leader of the party receiving the most votes in parliamentary elections, although this is not always the case.
Unlike the prime minister, presidential domestic power is more limited. The directly elected president serves as head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and has the authority to return a bill for further debate, although the parliament can override the presidential veto by a simple majority vote. Political parties gather in the National Assembly, a body of 240 deputies elected to four-year terms by direct popular vote. The National Assembly has the power to enact laws, approve the budget, schedule presidential elections, select and dismiss the prime minister and other ministers, declare war, deploy troops abroad, and ratify international treaties and agreements.
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‘Absolutely amazing’: Teenager becomes youngest person to fly solo around world
Belgian-Briton Mack Rutherford, 17, encountered sandstorms and extreme heat on flight through 52 countriesA 17-year-old Belgian-British pilot has become the youngest person to fly around the world solo in a small plane after taking off in March this year.Mack Rutherford flew through 52 countries over five continents, crossing the equator twice after he took off from Bulgaria on 23 March this year. Continue reading... ... Read more »
Gazprom has increased gas supply to Hungary, says official
Russian state-owned firm delivering more gas through TurkStream pipeline than ‘contractually obliged’Gazprom has ramped up flows to Hungary through the TurkStream pipeline that transports gas via Bulgaria and Serbia, a Hungarian foreign ministry official has said.The Russian state-owned company started delivering more gas than it was contractually obliged to on Friday, Tamás Menczer, an official in Hungary’s ministry of foreign affairs and trade, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. Continue reading... ... Read more »
Arms dealer ‘100% sure’ Russian agents behind blast at Bulgarian depot
Emilian Gebrev says explosion on Sunday is latest of repeated attacks against him by GRU operativesA Bulgarian arms dealer who survived an apparent novichok poisoning in 2015 said he was “100% sure” that Russian operatives were behind an explosion and subsequent fire at one of his depots in the country on Sunday.“There is no way this could be an accident, there was nothing in the building that could have detonated without outside interference,” Emilian Gebrev said in a telephone interview. Continue reading... ... Read more »
FBI offers $100,000 reward for help finding OneCoin ‘Cryptoqueen’
Bulgarian Ruja Ignatova allegedly defrauded investors out of $4bn with fake cryptocurrency scamA woman known as the “Cryptoqueen” who is accused of defrauding investors out of $4bn (£3.3bn) by selling a fake cryptocurrency has been placed on the FBI’s list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives.The story of Ruja Ignatovacame to prominence in 2019 via the BBC’s The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, which detailed her alleged role in a crypto scam called OneCoin. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Bulgarian-born Ignatova, who disappeared in 2017. Continue reading... ... Read more »
‘I fear Bulgaria will become a soft state’: Kiril Petkov on threat of Russia
Pro-Ukraine Bulgarian prime minister blames corruption and pro-Russian influence on collapse of coalition governmentStaring down a vote of no-confidence his government was destined to lose, the Bulgarian prime minister, Kiril Petkov, sighed as he joined a video call. “It’s a tough few days ahead. We are fighting hard to stay on the right side of history,” he said.Petkov blamed two problems for his coalition’s troubles: corrupt interests and pro-Russian influence in Bulgaria, which, he says, have “joined forces” to bring down his government. Continue reading... ... Read more »
Bulgaria’s pro-western government collapses after just six months
Coalition led by Kiril Petkov loses majority over disputes about budget and North MacedoniaThe Bulgarian government has collapsed in a no-confidence vote in parliament, throwing the European Union country into political turmoil amid the war in Ukraine and surging inflation.Opposition lawmakers toppled the government of the prime minister, Kiril Petkov – which took power six months ago – by 123-116 in a vote after the ruling coalition lost its majority over disputes on budget spending and whether Bulgaria should unlock North Macedonia’s EU accession. Continue reading... ... Read more »
EU faces crunch point over Russia’s gas payment demands
As deadline loom, Brussels commissioner says handing over roubles would breach sanctions Ukraine-Russia crisis latest news – live updatesEurope is facing a crunch point in mid-May when EU member states will have to reject Moscow’s demands for fuel payments to be made in roubles – despite being without alternative gas supply, Brussels has warned.Kadri Simson, the European commissioner for energy, said on Monday that the Kremlin’s demands had to be rebuffed despite the risks of an interruption to supply at a time when the shortfall cannot be made good. Continue reading... ... Read more »
Russia accused of blackmail after gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria halted
EU hits out at move that Kremlin says is response to countries’ failure to pay in roublesRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesEurope appears to be on the brink of an energy crisis that could further drive up household bills after Russia halted gas supplies to two EU countries and threatened others, in a move condemned by European leaders as blackmail.The immediate consequence of Gazprom’s decision to stop supply to Poland and Bulgaria while warning other nations opposed to Russia’s war in Ukraine that they could soon be hit was a 20% rise in the wholesale gas price.In an address in St Petersburg, Vladimir Putin said any countries attempting to interfere in Ukraine or creating “unacceptable strategic threats for us” would be met with a “lightning-fast” response from Moscow. He claimed he had “all the tools for this – ones that no one can brag about … We will use them if needed. And I want everyone to know this. We have already taken all the decisions on this.”The UN secretary general, António Guterres, arrived in Ukraine committing to evacuate civilians and seek a diplomatic way to end the war, after his controversial meeting with Putin and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Tuesday.Serhiy Volyna, the acting commander of the 36th marine brigade in the besieged port city of Mariupol, said hundreds of civilians including children were living in unsanitary conditions and running out of food and water.The interior ministry of Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria issued a statement claiming it had come under attack from Ukraine, raising fears that the country would now be dragged into active conflict. Continue reading... ... Read more »
How worried should Europe be as Russia starts cutting off gas supplies?
Analysis: Putin is determined to use resource as a weapon, as shown in move to cut off Poland and BulgariaRussia-Ukraine war – latest updatesThe unavoidable truth looming over Europe’s response to the invasion of Ukraine is that Russian gas heats the continent’s homes and powers its industries.While European leaders have vowed to wean themselves off Kremlin-controlled supplies, both of gas and oil, the reality is that this is very hard to do in short order. There will be at least one more cold winter to come before major energy-hungry economies that rely heavily on Russia, such as Germany and Italy, can tap other sources. Continue reading... ... Read more »
‘I will free Bulgaria from corruption’: Kiril Petkov speaks out
New prime minister is determined to clean up the EU’s ‘most corrupt country’. But the Russia-Ukraine war has made that job even harder…Kiril Petkov is not a typical Bulgarian prime minister. The 41-year-old probiotics entrepreneur and Harvard Business School graduate is a political newcomer. He could not be more different to Boyko Borissov, the burly former bodyguard who dominated Bulgarian politics for 12 years, until he resigned last year after months-long street protests against corruption.After three general elections in eight months, Petkov’s newly created We Continue the Change party swept to power at the head of a four-party coalition, vowing to tackle Bulgaria’s most pernicious problem: corruption. Continue reading... ... Read more »
Finland named world’s happiest country for fifth year running
Experts say social support, honesty and generosity key to wellbeing, as Afghanistan and Lebanon struggle in global ranking Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year in a row, in an annual UN-sponsored index that ranked Afghanistan as the unhappiest, closely followed by Lebanon.The latest list was completed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Continue reading... ... Read more »
Crooks, kleptocrats and crises: a timeline of Credit Suisse scandals
A string of controversies have beset Switzerland’s second-largest lender, including Japanese ‘shredding party’ and US sub-prime fraudCredit Suisse leak unmasks criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politiciansThe revelations that Credit Suisse has been used by crooks, money launderers and corrupt politicians are a public relations crisis for the banking giant.But the Suisse secrets investigation by the Guardian and its reporting partners is only the latest in a string of controversies to beset Switzerland’s second-largest lender. Continue reading... ... Read more »