Bulgaria adopts plan on transition for coal-mining regions despite protests

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 30, 2023

Miners block roads in protest against plans to close down coal mines by 2038.

Greek agriculture devastated for five or more years

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 25, 2023

Storm Daniel wiped out a quarter of Greece’s annual farming production, as a result of deadly flash flooding that submerged fields and drowned livestock.

Eastern EU members building roads instead of railways

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2023

Across the EU far more has been invested in roads than railways over the last three decades, but this trend is even stronger in the newer EU members, a study commissioned by Greenpeace finds.

Bulgaria to stop imports of Russian oil

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 21, 2023

Parliament votes to end imports despite exemption from EU-wide ban until end-2024.

Climate change made Libyan deluge up to 50 times more likely, say weather researchers

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 20, 2023

An “interplay” of climate change exacerbated heavy rainfall during the first two weeks of September 2023 in several countries across the Mediterranean, caused by low-pressure systems forming around a blocking high centred over the Netherlands.

Bulgaria destroys drone found in Black Sea resort

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2023

Drone equipped with 82mm high-explosive mortar found in Bulgaria after three drones crash in neighbouring Romania.

Poland bans import of Ukrainian grain after EU-wide embargo expires

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 18, 2023

Ukraine has vowed to pursue legal action at the World Trade Organisation if any EU member states institute their own embargoes.

European Commission scraps rule of law monitoring for Bulgaria and Romania

bne IntelliNews September 17, 2023

CVM was introduced as a transitional measure on judicial reform and anti-corruption after two countries joined the EU back in 2007.

COMMENT: What to expect if Bulgaria expels Lukoil

Fuad Shahbazov in Durham September 14, 2023

Russian oil company effectively used its business activities to develop enormous political leverage in Bulgaria.

EU’s crisis funds depleted by climate-related chaos

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2023

With a 400% increase in requests for emergency aid over the past two years, Commissioner for Crisis Management Lenarcic argued the EU's disaster response budget is insufficient.

Poland gives EU “ultimatum” on Ukrainian grain imports

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 13, 2023

Kyiv has said that it will take legal action against those EU member states that impose national bans against EU-wide trade rules.

Only 11 countries are reducing emissions and all will miss Paris targets - Lancet

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2023

Green growth is not yet happening in any advanced economies – and high-income countries are not on track achieve enough emissions reduction without more far profound changes in consumption.

Bulgarian coast guards to get rockets to repel military attacks

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 7, 2023

PM Nikolai Denkov says arming coast guards will ensure "no one dares to approach our Black Sea towns" amid increase in regional tensions.

bneGREEN: Deadly storms hit Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Brazil as climate change worsens weather

Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 6, 2023

Europe is being swamped by torrential rain, deadly floods and heat in a start to the autumn that follows a summer of wildfires in Greece. Brazil has also lost at least 27 people in a cyclone.

Stranded holidaymakers running out of drinking water on Bulgaria’s flooded coast

Denitsa Koseva in Varvara September 6, 2023

At least four dead, roads blocked and drinking water contaminated in heaviest deluge in decades.

Heavy rains flood Bulgaria’s southern coast, at least two dead

Denitsa Koseva in Tsarevo September 5, 2023

Flood waters dragged cars and caravans into the sea and forced the evacuation of seaside hotels.

Putin slams door shut on any quick revival of Black Sea grain deal

bne IntelIiNews September 4, 2023

Meeting with Turkish counterpart Erdogan produces no tangible sign that Moscow is preparing to budge on allowing Ukrainian ships safe passage.

Bulgaria to probe secret deals with blacklisted Russians on TurkStream construction

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 31, 2023

Prosecutors are probing allegations that Bulgarians officials secretly met sanctioned Russians to speed up construction of the local stretch of the TurkStream pipeline.

Fugitive Bulgarian gambling mogul linked to Wagner chief Prigozhin arrested

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 28, 2023

Vassil Bozhkov faces more than 20 charges ranging from money laundering to involvement in murders.

Bulgaria’s uneasy liberation from Russia's grip

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 23, 2023

Once a loyal ally of Russia, Bulgaria been struggling to put an end to the Kremlin’s powerful influence.