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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Romania to get first Muslim Prime Minister ?

Sevil Shhaideh, 52, may become Romania's first Muslim Prime Minister, as well as the first woman to hold this position in the country's history. She comes from a family with Tatar-Turkish origins and her husband is Syrian. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Liberal Democratic Alliance (ALDE) told President Klaus Iohannis that they support Shhaideh for Prime Minister.
Added factor now is that the woman's Syrian husband is apparently a supporter of President Assad.
The latest update is that President Iohannis has refused to nominate her, she is widely perceived as a puppet of PSD Baron Liviu Dragnea (who is banned from the office as a result of a conviction for electoral fraud last year).


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Vienna Blocks Continuing Negotiations With Turkey - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Vienna Blocks Continuing Negotiations With Turkey - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

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Londons most festive pub

Will Brexit Affect Bulgaria-UK Business Ties? - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Will Brexit Affect Bulgaria-UK Business Ties? - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

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Bulgarian airports are enjoying an unprecedented boom .
Sofia airport alone recorded a 14 % growth in the 8 months up to September. and in that month Ryan Air opened its new hub at the airport, this will push all year growth above 15%. 
Bourgas and Varna are recording 23 % and 21 % growth. A record 7.5 million passengers passed through all the airports last year.
Bourgas actually gets more passengers than Sofia in Summer, as visits to the former Red Riviera (also known as the Black Sea), increase massively.
This is part of an increasing pattern of more flights to Eastern Europe.Budget airlines are leading the drive. 

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Easyjet flying London Gatwick-Varna from 1st June

Great news for Eastern Bulgaria.At last competition for Wizzair and a choice of flights.The flight times are very varied.Flights are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.Varna-London Gatwick. For information about property in Bulgaria or legal services visit our website or e mail us info@gobg.co.uk



Sunday, 11 December 2016

Hitrino Train Disaster in Bulgaria Latest

The latest on the train disaster, not far from Dobrich in North-East Bulgaria, is that 8 are dead, over 20 injured, many with burns. The compensation for those who have lost their homes (or are very damaged) is just €162.50, which is pathetic .

If you search the internet, you can find places to donate money. It appears the antiquated rail system cause the explosion, the highly flammable load came in contact with electricity, Bulgarian railways has the worst safety record in the EU.The people affected are very poor, even by Bulgarian standards.Here is a place to donate to the Red Cross.

Bulgaria: Bulgarian Red Cross Raising Funds over Hitrino Train Disaster


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Saint Nicholas Day in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, Saint Nicholas' day is celebrated on the 6 December as Nikulden. Families invite relatives, sponsors and neighbours for a meal of fish (usually ribnik, a carp wrapped in dough) and two loaves of ceremonial bread, all of which are blessed at church or at home. The host wafts incense over the table, then lifts and breaks the bread. Bulgarians also observe 6 December as the name day for those named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina and Nina. St Nicholas is the patron saint of fisherman, his full title is St. Nicholas the Wonderworker , and the origin of Santa Claus.


Varna's Graffit Gallery Hotel wins major world tourism award

The Graffit Gallery Hotel in Varna has won both best hotel and best boutique hotel in Bulgaria at the 2016 World Travel Awards in the Maldives. It also won both categories last year, a major honour and boost for Bulgaria's sea capital. The prices are reasonable too. The hotel is located just off Kniaz Boris Street near the Sea Garden and the Happy Bar/McDonalds.
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First Sofia Metro Line Running Again after Monday Failure - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Something very odd is going on in the currency markets this morning

This morning I put up a post on this blog that the pound was worth 2.85lv.I double checked later on, and the same site that I looked at earlier was changed to 2.32lv, so I took the original post down. I have now checked half a dozen current sites and the rates are anything from 2.32 to 2.78. This just cannot be correct.Someone could make quite a killing if they could get 2.78.I am very confused !.

What price the pound ??.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Bulgaria PM Leaves EU Commissioner Choice to Interim Govt - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria PM Leaves EU Commissioner Choice to Interim Govt - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

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Bulgaria's Chief of Defense Steps Down over President-Elect - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Chief of Defense Steps Down over President-Elect - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

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A fitting Tribute to the footballers in the Columbian air crash

Ryanair | Low cost ski and some great city breaks

Ryanair | Low cost ski:

Hot off the presses from Ryanair.



Bulgaria's Sofia Property Prices Up By EUR 100 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Sofia Property Prices Up By EUR 100 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Still the cheapest capital city in Europe.At €1,000 per square metre for new build, this means you can get a one-bed apartment for €45000 (which is less than US$48000 or under £38000).



Monday, 28 November 2016

Every Fifth Tourist to Bulgaria in October Is Macedonian - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Every Fifth Tourist to Bulgaria in October Is Macedonian - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

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Ah German Christmas !!



Tradition of Santa Klaus evil mate.

Bulgaria's Radev 'Benefited from Popular Resentment against Coalition' - FT - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Radev 'Benefited from Popular Resentment against Coalition' - FT - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

I think the era of the strongman/saviour is over.Radev is viewed as a man of integrity.The GERB (govt) candidate was perceived as a bit of a puppet for the Prime Minister.


Bulgaria's Weather Service Warns of Ice on Roads in Several Regions - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Weather Service Warns of Ice on Roads in Several Regions - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

A potentially dangerous combination of heavy rain, freezing conditions and snow.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

German Lufthansa Pilots Strike Becomes Indefinite - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

German Lufthansa Pilots Strike Becomes Indefinite - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Travel Update: The strike is over and they are back at work.

Extra Update: Back on strike Tuesday/Wednesday.15th strike since April.No sign of any immediate resolution.2,800 flights cancelled during last week's 4-day walkout. The dispute is over the Unions demands for pay rises, which Lufthansa management says it cannot afford due to commercial pressures from Budget airlines etc.

The snow is on its way

First snow is due on Tuesday in Balchik.This guy is happy.