Bulgarian officials have allowed restoration of historical Ibrahim Pasha Mosque in Razgrad
Bulgaria, which took over the European Union's rotating presidency on January 1, is the poorest country in the bloc and according to watchdog Transparency International also the most corrupt.
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The average salary here is 510 euros ($602), a third of the European Union average and a fraction of that of rich countries. State help to integrate the newcomers is virtually absent.
Five decades later, Fatmagul and her husband Fahim are still hard at work in their small field in the southern Rhodope mountains, close to the Greek border.
The landlocked Balkan nation has attempted to join the EU since 2005 but its lingering dispute with Greece -- whose northern province bears the same name as the former Yugoslav republic -- has torpedoed Skopje's efforts.
Bulgaria and Albania do not share a border.
The minibus was apparently driven by a 16-year-old Bulgarian who did not have a driver's licence. He was among the dead. The bus was on the motorway near Pazardjik, close to the Greek and Turkish borders.
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A former chief of the council, ethnic issues expert Mihail Ivanov called the appointment "an outrage against minorities."
Simeonov, 62, is co-leader of the United Patriots (UP), the junior party in the governing coalition.
In elections in March, the United Patriots (UP) alliance -- made up of three parties, the VMRO, NFSB and Ataka -- emerged as the third-biggest force with 27 lawmakers in Bulgaria's 240-seat parliament.
The United Patriots, which includes the anti-Semitic Ataka ("Attack") party, stoked anti-immigration sentiment to come third in the elections while also railing against Muslims, Roma and gay people.
With ties dating back to Ottoman times, the 700,000-strong minority makes up 10 percent of Bulgaria's population, proportionately the largest native Muslim community in a European Union member.
Russia's Lukoil, Anglo-Dutch Shell, Austria's OMV, Greece's Hellenic Petroleum, Serbia's Nis Petrol and Bulgarian Petrol - -- which control 70 percent of the petrol and 55 percent of the diesel market -- had been targeted in the lengthy probe launched last February.
Around 250,000 fewer Turkish-origin Bulgarian citizens were able to vote because of obstacles, says head of Balkan society
Bulgaria, where the average monthly salary is just 500 euros ($540) and corruption is rife even after 10 years in the EU, has now seen three elections in four years.
Election occurs amid dispute with Ankara over attempts to prevent Turkey-based Bulgarians from crossing border to vote