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Balkan neighbors vow to avoid clashes over national hero

Jan. 30, 2023 14:09 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The interior ministers of North Macedonia and neighboring Bulgaria met Monday to discuss security arrangements ahead of weekend celebrations to honor a 19th century revolutionary viewed as a hero in both countries. Oliver Spasovski held talks with...

Bulgaria angry at 'hate crimes' in neighbor North Macedonia

Jan. 26, 2023 12:56 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria may suspend joint projects with North Macedonia over the beating of a Macedonian citizen who identifies as Bulgarian, Foreign Minister Nikolay Milkov said on Thursday. Bulgaria also recalled its ambassador to North Macedonia for consultations. ...

Bulgaria to hold 5th election in 2 years after talks fail

Jan. 24, 2023 05:29 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria will hold another parliamentary election — its fifth in two years — after the Socialist Party on Tuesday announced that it had failed to form a government and had returned the unfulfilled mandate to the country’s president. “We have done...

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...

Bulgaria’s president asks Socialists to form government

Jan. 16, 2023 11:26 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria gave the Socialist Party a mandate Monday to form a new government in a last attempt to avoid the country's fifth general election in two years. Although the chances of success are dim, Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova said...

Bulgaria seeks to change EU-funded recovery plan over coal

Jan. 12, 2023 09:43 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s Parliament on Thursday decided to demand that country’s government renegotiate the energy part of an EU-funded post-pandemic recovery plan, to save the country’s coal-fired power plants from closure. Lawmakers voted 187-2 with nine...

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 signs deal to use Turkey's gas terminals

Jan. 03, 2023 08:36 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria on Tuesday gained access to Turkey’s terminals and gas transmission network under a long-term deal that will help the country replace supplies once provided by Russia. Bulgaria’s state gas company Bulgargaz and the Turkish gas transmission...

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...

Bulgaria summons Russian envoy over warrant for journalist

Dec. 29, 2022 10:08 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Bulgarian foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Russia’s ambassador to explain why Moscow has placed a Bulgarian journalist working for an international investigative website on a list of wanted persons. Christo Grozev, the leading Bellingcat researcher...