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Leaders Of Bulgaria, North Macedonia Bullish On Talks To Improve Ties (RFE RL)

The prime ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia met on January 25 in the Bulgarian capital in a new attempt to defuse tensions between the two neighbors that have threatened to stall Skopje’s bid for European integration. “We are here because we are not afraid of crises and because we believe that we can solve them,” Bulgarian […]

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Radev Sworn In For Second Term As Bulgarian President, Pledges To Tackle Corruption (RFE RL)

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has pledged to restore democracy and stamp out rampant corruption at a ceremony swearing him in for a second term. “There is an anti-mafia consensus in Bulgaria,” Radev said in an address to the National Assembly on January 19. Radev Sworn In For Second Term As Bulgarian President, Pledges To Tackle Corruption (rferl.org)

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Bulgaria, North Macedonia Agree To Work On Issues Preventing EU Talks (RFE RL)

The new prime ministers of North Macedonia and Bulgaria agreed on January 18 to intensify efforts to improve relations between the Balkan neighbors. Bulgaria, North Macedonia Agree To Work On Issues Preventing EU Talks (rferl.org)

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Watchdog Slams Bulgarian Court Ruling As ‘Judicial Harassment’ Of Journalists (RFE RL)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned as “judicial harassment” a recent court ruling in Bulgaria where two journalists and a website were found guilty of defamation for articles they published in 2018. Watchdog Slams Bulgarian Court Ruling As ‘Judicial Harassment’ Of Journalists (rferl.org)

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Bulgaria’s Black Sea Dilemma: NATO Ally or Russian Gateway? (Valeri R. Ratchev, Todor Tagarev, The Jamestown Foundation)

The Black Sea is the region most severely affected by the tensions between the Russian Federation and the Transatlantic alliance. An arc of conflicts, extending from Moldova through Ukraine to the South Caucasus and Central Asia, serves the Kremlin’s strategy of geopolitical control. Russia’s sharp aggression against Georgia and Ukraine turned the Black Sea from […]

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Bulgaria’s PM Designate Petkov Presents New Government Ahead Of Parliament Vote (RFE RL)

Bulgarian Prime Minister designate Kiril Petkov presented the composition of his future government to the nation as he seeks to end eight months of political deadlock. Petkov, 41, leader of the newly formed centrist party We Continue the Change (PP), reached an agreement a day earlier with three other left-wing and center-right groups to form […]

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Bulgarian Party Leader Expects Coalition Government Soon (RFE RL)

Bulgaria’s largest political party expects to soon form a coalition government and put an end to the political deadlock that has resulted in three parliamentary elections this year. Kiril Petkov, the co-leader of the We Continue the Change party that won but fell far short of a majority in repeat elections in November, told President […]

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New Anti-Graft Party Poised To Win Bulgarian Elections, Early Results Show (RFE RL)

In what would be a major upset, a newly formed anti-graft party is seen as winning Bulgaria’s general elections with more than a quarter of the votes, according to partial official results. Bulgarian voters went to the polls on November 14 to elect a parliament — and a president — in a bid to break […]

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Bulgarians Vote To Elect Parliament, President In Latest Bid To End Political Deadlock (RFE RL)

Polling stations have opened in Bulgaria, where voters are going to the polls to elect a parliament and a president in a bid to break a months-long political deadlock and secure a government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as well as rising energy prices and endemic corruption. No party is expected to win an outright […]

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Bulgaria. Hoping Third Time’s A Charm, Bulgarian President Asks Socialists To Form Government (RFE RL)

Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev has given a third and final mandate to form a government to the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) after two other political parties gave up efforts to set up a coalition following last month’s inconclusive vote. Hoping Third Time’s A Charm, Bulgarian President Asks Socialists To Form Government (rferl.org)

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Bulgaria. Bulgaria Sends Troops To Border As EU Braces For Afghan Migrant Flows (RFE RL)

Bulgaria announced on August 26 that it will bolster its border with Greece and Turkey with between 400 and 700 soldiers amid growing concern in Europe over an influx of migrants from Afghanistan. Bulgaria Sends Troops To Border As EU Braces For Afghan Migrant Flows (rferl.org)

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Bulgaria Moves Closer To Third Election This Year After GERB Party Fails To Form Cabinet (RFE/RL)

Bulgaria’s political crisis has deepened, moving the country closer to its third parliamentary elections this year, after GERB became the second political party to give up efforts to form a new government since last month’s inconclusive vote. The center-right GERB party’s choice for prime minister, Daniel Mitov, returned a mandate to the president on August […]