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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...

German president presses N Macedonia on EU-required reforms

Nov. 29, 2022 10:29 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged North Macedonia to acknowledge the presence of an ethnic Bulgarian minority in the country, amid other actions required to speed up its European Union accession process. Steinmeier arrived in the the...

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...

Bulgaria detains 5 suspects in deadly Istanbul bombing

Nov. 19, 2022 06:37 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria have detained five people in connection with the bombing that killed six people in Turkey's largest city last weekend, the Bulgarian prosecution service said Saturday. The detained individuals were charged with helping one of the people...

N Macedonia, Albania boost ties amid common push to join EU

Nov. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The prime ministers of North Macedonia and Albania agreed Monday to boost their cooperation, as both Balkan neighbors work to realize their ambitions of one day joining the European Union. During a meeting in North Macedonia's capital of Skopje,...

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...

Bulgarian border policeman shot dead at border with Turkey

Nov. 08, 2022 03:17 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian police officer has been shot dead at the border with Turkey, the interior minister said Tuesday. The incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, when an unidentified person shot at a border police officer and a serviceman who were patrolling a...

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...

N. Macedonia bans use of names linked to fascism

Nov. 02, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament adopted a law Wednesday that prevents organizations and cultural clubs from using names considered linked to fascism, a response to Bulgarian clubs with names of controversial figures opening in the country and sparking protests. ...

North Macedonia starts construction of rail link to Bulgaria

Oct. 29, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia has begun building a railway linking it to Bulgaria, a project decades in the making. The project is part of Pan-European Corridor VIII, a route stretching about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from the Albanian port of Durres in the west to...