On Thursday, as the Central Electoral Commission opened the procedure for registering parties and coalitions for the upcoming 11 July early vote, some factions broached possible unions, while others have already announced them.
Nationalist parties VMRO, NFSB and Volya said they would join to become "The Bulgarian Patriots" coalition. On the Left, there was also an attempt at consolidation as Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova started meeting ex-BSP cadres who had created their own parties, including Tatyana Doncheva from Movement 21, Rumen Petkov from ABV and Georgi Kadiev from Normal State party.
Three agencies wiretapped phone conversations of 32 opposition politicians: Atanassov
Atanas Atanassov, leader of the DSB party, part of the Democratic Bulgaria coalition, claimed on Thursday that a "trusted source" in the Bulgarian secret services had informed him that they had wiretapped the conversations of 32 opposition politicians from the beginning of 2021. According to Mr Atanassov's information, the phones of politicians from "There is Such a People," "Stand up! Thugs - out!" and Democratic Bulgaria were subjected to illicit recording by three separate agencies - the "Internal Security" department of the Police, the State Agency for National Security (DANS) and the General Directorate for the Fight against Organized Crime (GDBOP). The DSB politician demanded that Internal Minister Boyko Rashkov "complete an in-depth investigation" into the matter.
Net withdrawal of foreign investment in the first quarter of 2021
The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) announced on Thursday a net outflow of 27,8 million euro in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Bulgaria in the first quarter of the year. In comparison, during Q1 of 2020, BNB recorded a 341 million euro inflow. The most significant reasons for the negative results come from the outflow of investments in the real estate sector (-134 million euro) and as debt instruments (-384 million euro). Central Bank figures also show foreign companies re-invested 490 million euro of their earnings in the first three months of the year.
WizzAir to fly to Malaga from 2 July
The low-cost air carrier announced the launch of another route from Sofia starting 2 July. Twice a week - on Monday and Friday - WizzAir will fly to the southern Spanish coastal city of Malaga. According to the schedule published by the carrier, the flights ought to continue until at least the end of this year. Currently, the company flies to four other cities in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Alicante.