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Bulgaria seizes 233 pounds of heroin worth $4.9 million

Aug. 17, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs have seized 106 kilograms (233 pounds) of heroin valued at 4.8 million euros ($4.9 million) found in a car entering from neighboring Turkey, officials said Wednesday. Prosecutors said the 38-year-old driver, who has dual French and Turkish...

Hundreds join anti-Gazprom protest in Bulgarian capital

Aug. 10, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of Bulgarians took to the streets of the capital Sofia Wednesday, voicing fears that the country's caretaker government could break with the policies of its pro-Western predecessor and revert to close energy ties with Russia. The second in a planned...

Bus crash kills at least 4 people in Bulgaria, officials say

Aug. 06, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus crash in Bulgaria early Saturday killed four people and left at least eight injured, authorities said. The bus was carrying tourists back to Romania from a trip to Istanbul when it crashed into a parked car on the side of a highway linking Bulgaria's...

Bulgaria: caretaker government until October early election

Aug. 01, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Monday appointed a caretaker government ahead of another round of parliamentary elections in early October in a bid to stave off the country's political and economic crisis. The move comes after the three...

Spain's PM offers support for North Macedonia's EU candidacy

Jul. 31, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered North Macedonia his country’s full support for integration into the 27-nation European Union. Sanchez held talks Sunday with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in the capital of...

Bulgaria to hold early election after coalition talks fail

Jul. 27, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria is heading to a new parliamentary election this fall after the three largest parties in parliament failed to find common ground for a coalition government. Socialist Party floor leader, Georgi Svilenski, told reporters on Wednesday that efforts to...

EU starts membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Jul. 19, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union started membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia on Tuesday, a long-delayed step in the Balkan nations' paths toward EU membership that gained momentum amid the war in Ukraine. Officially, the process kicked off with the...

Bulgaria’s president asks third party to form a government

Jul. 18, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Monday handed a mandate to the third-largest political party in parliament to form a government after two previous attempts have failed. Although the chances of the Socialist Party’s success are dim, its floor leader,...

Envoys from Bulgaria, North Macedonia meet on EU bloc talks

Jul. 17, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The foreign ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia met in Sofia on Sunday to discuss the next steps of North Macedonia's path to EU membership talks, a day after the parliament in Skopje voted in support of a French proposal that should lift Bulgari's veto of North...

North Macedonia parliament OKs deal; EU talks start July 19

Jul. 16, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia has approved a French proposal that opens the way for negotiations to join the European Union and overcome Bulgarian objections. There were 68 votes in favor of the proposal in the 120-member chamber, with the leftist coalition, which...