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SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria has had to temporarily halt a pending 81.3 million levs ($49.3 million) deal to overhaul its jet fighters with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG because of an appeal by Ukrainian arms company Ukrinmash, its defense minister said on Wednesday.
The suspension comes just over a week after the Balkan country asked the Russian company to overhaul and maintain 15 of its ageing MiG fighter jets and was about to sign a four-year deal with it, Krasimir Karakachanov told reporters.
Karakachanov called the Ukrinmash appeal, filed with the Bulgarian competition regulator, “a sabotage attempt” against the ministry’s plans for a direct contract with the Russian company.
Bulgaria’s GDP is about $52.4 billion (2016), so it is quite a shock that the Bulgarian Government is sitting on an approximate $3 billion worth of Bitcoins seized in an anti-corruption operation back in May.
Putting this into a little more glaring context, Bulgaria is holding 18% of the national debt in bitcoins…
Fun fact: today’s bitcoin prices have been interesting enough that there was a significant difference in how much Bulgaria had in USD between me writing this story and my editor editing it.
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Bulgarian law enforcement jointly worked with the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELC), a regional organization comprised of 12 member states, to bust a sophisticated organized-crime network, arresting twenty-three Bulgarian nationals and seizing a total of 213,519 bitcoins.
A strong majority of Europeans across 11 nations are opposed to the European Union’s (EU) immigration policies, including nearly nine in 10 Hungarians.
The survey was conducted by the Nézőpont Institute in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
It revealed that 74 per cent of respondents in those countries believed that the EU’s migration policies have or will be negative for the continent.
Central Europeans were the most opposed, with 89 per cent of Slovaks and Hungarians holding a negative view of the policies, closely followed by 88 per cent of Czechs.
Meanwhile, 63 per cent of Austrians and 58 per cent of Germans also said the mass immigration overseen by the EU is bad for the bloc.
Furthermore, when asked about Hungary’s rejection of forced EU migrant quotas, 56 per cent of people in the Visegrád nations (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) say they agreed with the Hungarian premier’s fight against them.
The Bulgarian Parliament has passed ammendments to the Food Act on Thursday prohibiting the promotion of unhealthy foods, including food containing GMOs, to children. 102 Bulgarian MPs voted for the changes to the law, only one voted against, and 29 abstained.
Advertisers in Bulgaria will now be stopped from targeting children in promotional material on TV and in print for foods deemed unhealthy, including those containing GMOs. The unique law also prohibits children from taking part in commercials promoting unhealthy foods.
The importance of regulating advertisements on the internet and other remote sales of food was included in the law.