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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...

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,...

Russia's information war expands through Eastern Europe

Jul. 15, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As bullets and bombs fall in Ukraine, Russia is waging an expanding information war throughout Eastern Europe, using fake accounts and propaganda to spread fears about refugees and rising fuel prices while calling the West an untrustworthy ally. In Bulgaria, the...

Bulgaria’s president tries to unlock political crisis

Jul. 15, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president launched talks on Friday with all political parties represented in parliament to see if there was still a chance to form a government and avoid another early election. President Rumen Radev is trying to prevent Bulgaria from sliding into...

Bulgaria moves closer to early election as talks fail

Jul. 08, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian liberal party failed to find a majority in parliament to form a government, and its leader on Friday returned the mandate to President Rumen Radev, bringing the country closer to a new election — the fourth in little more than a year. Prime...

Bulgarian finance chief gets mandate as Russia tensions soar

Jul. 01, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president on Friday handed the mandate to try and form a new government to the country's finance minister, four days after pro-Western reformist Kiril Petkov resigned following a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Asen Vassilev, from Petkov's We...

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...

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...

Bulgaria rejects EU pressure to allow N Macedonia to join

May. 20, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria is sticking to its position blocking North Macedonia’s accession talks with the European Union despite growing pressures from its Western partners to lift its veto following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hours after EU Enlargement Commissioner...