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Bulgarian lawmakers vote to unblock N Macedonia's EU bid

Jun. 24, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s parliament voted Friday to lift a veto that has long blocked European Union membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, raising fresh hopes that the bloc can now press on with its expansion plans in the Western Balkans amid Russia’s war in...

Lawmakers in Bulgaria have voted to lift the country's veto of North Macedonia's bid to join the European Union

Jun. 24, 2022 06:58 AM EDT
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Lawmakers in Bulgaria have voted to lift the country's veto of North Macedonia's bid to join the European Union.

Bulgarian political crisis casts shadow over Balkans summit

Jun. 23, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from the Western Balkans expressed frustration Thursday that they are still waiting in the European Union’s wings even as candidacy bids by Ukraine and Moldova were swiftly embraced by EU leaders. A Bulgarian government crisis tarnished a EU summit that...

Bulgaria's no-confidence vote could hamper EU expansion

Jun. 22, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Lawmakers in Bulgaria on Wednesday approved a no-confidence motion against the country’s minority coalition government that could topple the centrist prime minister and further stall efforts by Balkan countries to join the European Union. The center-right...

Bulgaria's government loses no-confidence vote; collapse could hit EU expansion, boost Russian influence in region

Jun. 22, 2022 12:56 PM EDT
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Bulgaria's government loses no-confidence vote; collapse could hit EU expansion, boost Russian influence in region.

EXPLAINER: Western Balkans' promised EU future still hazy

Jun. 22, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — European Union leaders will seek to offer support this week to six Western Balkan countries that have long been knocking at the bloc's doors, and now see the war in Ukraine raging not far from their borders amid fears Russia could turn its sights on their region. ...

Bulgarian PM appeals for support ahead of no-confidence vote

Jun. 21, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian lawmakers on Tuesday started debating a no-confidence motion against the minority government, on the eve of the vote that could well topple centrist Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, elected just months ago on pledges to fight corruption. Parliament will...

Opposition rally demands early elections in North Macedonia

Jun. 18, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of supporters of North Macedonia’s main opposition party gathered Saturday evening in the center of the capital Skopje to pressure the leftist government to call an election two years before the end of its term. The center-right VMRO-DPMNE...

EU expansion drive in Balkans adds to Bulgarian PM's woes

Jun. 17, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — After just seven months in office, and now reduced to heading a minority government, Bulgaria’s liberal Prime Minister Kiril Petkov finds himself between a rock and a hard place over European Union enlargement amid the war in Ukraine. Russia’s invasion...

Leading EU official calls bloc's expansion a “top priority”

Jun. 16, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel visited North Macedonia on Thursday and said efforts to start European Union membership talks with the landlocked Balkan country and neighboring Albania have become a “top priority” since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ...