Bulgaria falls behind even wannabe EU members
Boyko Borisov was found guilty of malicious slander by a Sofia Regional Court judge in a case brought on by Elena Yoncheva, a TV journalist and now an MP for the opposition BSP, or Bulgarian Socialist Party. Yoncheva, who is an outspoken critic of Borisov's GERB and his ultranationalist coalition partners, sued when Borisov said that the state had spent "millions" on funding Yoncheva's TV international programmes.
"From 1 July the average pension will increase with nearly 14 leva."
Minister of Welfare Biser Petkov
"We don't think. We act."
Interior Minister Valentin Radev after two armed inmates escaped from Sofia prison
Bulgaria's prime minister increasingly looks set to step off Western course
A first for the poor Balkan country, but also a first for the EU
"This law protects corruption."
Kornelia Ninova, leader of the BSP, on the government's new anticorruption legislation
GERB wants Constitutional amendments to penalise privatisation deals
As Bulgaria, a member of the EU since 2007, braces up to take over its first ever rotating presidency of the union, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has warned: "There are members of parliament who are involved in drugs trafficking, there are individuals who have been buying the votes of prisoners, and there are people who call Bulgarians imbeciles."