The Year in Review: 2016 in Bulgaria and Elsewhere

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January 1st: The mood towards refugees changes in Germany, after sexual assaults during New Year’s night

January 10th: David Bowie dies

January 17th: Heavy snowfall in Bulgaria leads to road closures, electricity outages in villages

January 20th: Construction of third Metro line begins in Sofia


Several refugees are found dead in Bulgarian mountains, in freezing temperatures

February 1st: President Plevneliev says, people linked to Communist Party and State Security are still trying to dominate Bulgarian society

February 4th: Maurice White dies

February 4th: Greek farmers block Greek-Bulgarian borders in protest

February 8th: Slavi Trifonov presents petition for referendum on reforms

February 9th: Irina Bokova nominated as candidate for highest U.N. position

February 9th: Two trains collide in Bad Aibling (Germany), 12 dead

February 22nd: Probes into assassination plots against Borissov and Peevski

February 24th: Amnesty International slams Bulgaria over treatment of Roma and refugees, as well as over hate crimes



Former German Foreign Ministers Genscher and Westerwelle die

March 18th: Plevneliev leaves open question whether he will stand in 2016 elections

March 20th: Obama arrives in Cuba, for first visit of U.S. President in 90 year

March 22nd: Two Islamist terror attacks in Brussels kill 35


Controversy over “migrant hunters” in southern Bulgaria escalates

April 14th: The marginalisation of and societal intolerance towards Roma is Bulgaria’s most pressing human rights problem, the US State Department says.

April 21st: Sofia parliament makes voting in elections compulsory

April 21st: Prince Rogers Nelson dies

Kornelia Ninova in a traditional Bulgarian dress. Photo by Ivan Stoimenov


The fighting and dying in Aleppo continues throught the year

May 8th: Bulgarian Socialists elect first female leader, Kornelia Ninova

May 9th: Nationalists propose burqa ban in Sofia



June 1st: Amid protests, Sofia public transport increases ticket prices to 1.60 Leva

June 3rd: Muhammed Ali dies at age 74

June 8th: A mafia shootout in “Sunny Beach” triggers idea of checkpoints in the Black Sea resort

June 12th: Omar Mateen murders 49 at Orlando Club in Islamist terror attack

June 18th: Sofia Pride Parade held, support from U.S. and E.U. governments, but not from Bulgaria

June 23rd: 17,410,742 Britons vote for Brexit, and win



July 8th This publication, F&F Magazine, is being launched

July 14th: Eighty-six people murdered in Islamist terror attack in Nice (France)

July 15th: Military coup in Ankara, almost 300 dead

July 24th: Two Islamist terrorist attacks in Germany leave one dead, several injured



Record number of tourists counted at Bulgaria’s coast

August 5th: Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro

August 24th: Earthquake hits Central Italy, 299 die



September 18th: Putin’s “United Russia” wins key election in landslide

September 28th: Israeli statesman and Nobel Prize winner Shimon Peres dies

September 30th: Bulgarian Parliament Approves Burqa Ban



October 6th: New European Border Agency “Frontex 2.0” Active in Bulgaria

October 12th: Nobel Prize for Bob Dylan announced

October 14th: Antonio Guterres elected U.N. Secretary General. This ends U.N. candidate drama, involving Irina Bokova, Kristalina Georgieva and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov

October 27th: Krassimir Kanev, head of Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, is attacked on the street in Sofia. The assault triggers condemnations by ambassadors, including the American one.

October 28th: Kristalina Georgieva quits European Commission, in order to become World Bank CEO

October 30th: CETA deal with Canada signed



November 2nd: Up to 40 border police officers are being arrested on corruption charges

November 8th: Donald Trump is elected President

November 6th: Presidential elections, 1st round: Radev wins

November 13th: Presidential elections, 2nd round: Radev wins. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov steps down, triggering a new political crisis in Bulgaria.

November 24th: Violent Protests at the Harmanli refugee camp erupt after authorities lock it down for reasons which turn out to be false

November 25th: Fidel Castro dies



December 4th: Alexander Van der Bellen elected President in Austria

December 10th: Gas tank explodes in Hitrino (Bulgaria) after train derailment, 7 dead

December 19th: An Islamist terrorist murders 12 people at a Berlin Christmas Market

December 25th: George Michael dies

By im.

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe 

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