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Bulgaria, North Macedonia condemn ethnic-related violence

Jan. 22, 2023 08:09 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The foreign ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia paid a joint visit to a hospital Sunday where a North Macedonian citizen who identifies as Bulgarian is being treated after he was severely assaulted. Hristiyan Pendikov, an employee of a Bulgarian...

Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany with traditional rituals

Jan. 06, 2023 05:08 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of young men are plunging into rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes, in an old ritual marking the feast of Epiphany. By tradition, a crucifix is cast into the waters of a lake or river, and it is believed that the person who...

Bulgaria’s president launches new bid to form government

Jan. 03, 2023 05:55 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev asked the second-largest political party in parliament on Tuesday to form a government, seeking to prevent the country from sliding to its fifth general elections in two years. Although the chances of the reformist We Continue...

Bulgarians protest reinstatement of paper election ballots

Dec. 01, 2022 16:45 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a street protest in Bulgaria's capital Thursday to oppose a revision of the Election Code that reinstates paper ballots, which the previous reformist government had replaced with voting machines. The We Continue the Change party...

Bulgaria to let Russian oil refinery export despite EU ban

Nov. 22, 2022 08:06 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria will allow a Black Sea refinery owned by a Russian oil company to keep operating and exporting oil products to the European Union until the end of 2024 despite warnings by Brussels that it is against the bloc’s sanctions. The deal between Bulgaria...

Thousands protest in Bulgaria for higher salaries

Nov. 11, 2022 08:53 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets on Friday to demand higher salaries to compensate for surging inflation that has hit the European Union's poorest member. The demonstration was organized by the country’s two largest trade unions. Protesters...

Bulgaria's parliament approves military aid for Ukraine

Nov. 03, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A majority of Bulgaria's lawmakers on Thursday approved sending the country's first military aid to Ukraine. The National Assembly voted 175-49 with one abstention in favor of a proposal submitted by four pro-European Union parties. The government has now one...