November 10 is a landmark date for Bulgaria because it marks the anniversary of the country's democratic revolution. On this date in 1989, just one day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, massive anti-government demonstrations in Sofia and larger cities forced the dismissal of Bulgarian dictator Todor Zhivkov from the Bulgarian Communist Party.
It is, perhaps, a salutary "coincidence" in the run-up to this Sunday's parliamentary and presidential elections. Recent attention, however, has been once again focused on scandal, notably further compromising photos of the bedroom of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov - in which he is seen lying near to 500 euro banknotes and a pistol, among other items. Prosecutors have decided to investigate to establish if the photos have been doctored.
Bulgaria seeks EU assistance over medical equipment
The Bulgarian government has requested that the EU assist in providing additional equipment for patients with COVID-19 who are in a grave condition. A "significant amount" of breathing apparatus, monitors, resuscitation beds and oxygen masks are urgently required, according to Bulgarian National Radio. The aim of the activation of the mechanism of EU civil protection is to guarantee that, if the pandemic situation deteriorates rapidly, necessary equipment can be delivered immediately. Over the past two weeks Bulgaria has continued to set (grim) records for Covid-related fatalities.
Six parties in next parliament and possible second place for "We continue the change": Trend agency
Six parties will probably make it into the next Bulgaria Parliament, according to findings by Trend polling agency. Not surprisingly, GERB remains in pole position. Second place is taken by The Bulgarian Socialistic Party (15.1%). But the new ex-caretaker ministers' party "We Continue the Change", at 14.8%, has a chance to oust it. Yesterday, another polling agency, Market Links, also predicted second place for the new movement. Just below the parliamentary threshold, but with a chance of crossing it, are "Revival" and "Stand up Bulgaria, We are coming".
Industrial Production up 10.5% y/y in September
According to preliminary data by the National Statistical Institute, in September 2021, the calendar Industrial Production Index rose by 10.5% compared to the same month in 2020. Also, in September 2021, the Industrial Production Index increased by 1.6 % compared to August 2021.
Compared to the previous month, the seasonally adjusted Industrial Production Index rose in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply sectors by 6.6%, and in manufacturing by 1.1%. But it fell in the mining and quarrying industry by 0.5%.