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Reporters urged to 'take' jailed colleagues to EU-Turkey talks

Sofia - A media freedom group urged journalists Thursday to symbolically 'take' nearly 100 colleagues jailed in Turkey's post-coup crackdown to talks between EU leaders and Turkey in Bulgaria next week.

Bulgaria's skiing boomtown sparks dire nature warnings

Bansko - "Unlimited Ski and Fun!" promises a pamphlet touting the Bansko ski resort, a magnet for bargain-hunting holidaymakers in southwest Bulgaria.

Far-right nationalists march through EU presidency capital Sofia

Sofia - Hundreds of far-right nationalists marched Saturday night through Sofia, capital of current EU president Bulgaria, lighting torches to honour a late pro-Nazi general.

EU joins US call for Turkey restraint in Syria operation

Sofia - The EU on Friday urged Turkey to show restraint in its military operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria, telling Ankara its efforts should focus on the Islamic State group.

EU 'confident' Macedonia name row settled by July

Sofia - The European Union is "very confident" Macedonia will settle a long-running row with Greece over its name before July, a senior official from the bloc said Friday.

EU calls for renewed Syria peace efforts

Sofia - EU foreign ministers voiced concern at developments in Syria on Thursday, calling for a renewal of UN-led efforts to end the conflict.

EU split over Balkan enlargement

Sofia - Deep splits emerged in the EU Thursday over membership plans for Balkan states, with some countries warning of growing Russian and Chinese influence in the region unless the bloc sped up the accession process.

Bulgaria bids for snap partial entry to Schengen area

Sofia - Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, called Thursday for Bulgaria to be given partial entry to the Schengen free movement area.

EU split over Balkan enlargement

Sofia - Deep splits emerged in the EU Thursday over membership plans for Balkan states, with some countries warning Russia would take advantage unless the bloc sped up the accession process.

EU presidency urges Britain to ditch Brexit

Sofia - Bulgaria, which holds the presidency of the EU, on Thursday warned of poor progress in Brexit talks and told Britain it was still not too late to abandon its plan to quit the bloc.

EU starts countdown to settle refugee quotas row by June

Sofia - EU ministers stuck Thursday to opposing east-west camps as they started a countdown to try and overhaul Europe's asylum rules by June when the three-year-old migration crisis could flare anew.

Bulgarian trial begins over deadly 2012 Israeli bombing

Sofia - Two men allegedly linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement went on trial in absentia in Bulgaria on Wednesday over a deadly bomb attack on Israeli tourists in July 2012.

Poland banks on 'dialogue' to solve EU rule-of-law row

Sofia - Warsaw banks on "dialogue" to solve its row with the EU over recent reforms denounced by Brussels as violating the rule of law, Poland's new Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Monday.

Japan's Abe seeks to drum up EU pressure on North Korea

Sofia - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to drum up EU pressure on North Korea on Sunday in Sofia, while pledging to boost economic cooperation with Bulgaria and the Balkans.

Bulgaria parliament overrides president's veto of corruption bill

Sofia - Bulgarian lawmakers on Friday voted to leave a contentious anti-corruption bill unchanged even after the country's president refused to sign it into law.

Bulgaria targets better Turkey ties in EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria said Friday it wants to use its EU presidency to improve the bloc's relations with Turkey "without hiding the problems", after ties soured over Ankara's crackdown following an attempted coup.

Bulgaria pushes to enter euro 'waiting room'

Sofia - Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state, on Thursday said it wants to enter the "waiting room" to join the euro as it marked the start of the bloc's presidency.

Bulgaria's EU presidency start drowned by protest shouts

Sofia - Bulgaria's six-month EU presidency stint Thursday got off to a noisy start as anti-corruption protesters blocked streets in heavily-guarded capital Sofia.More than 1,500 people shouted "Mafia!", "Resign!

EU's Tusk warns against 'Game of Thrones' in Balkans

Sofia - EU chief Donald Tusk warned Thursday against a "game of thrones" in the Western Balkans, where Brussels is pushing for closer ties with countries that want to join the union.

Bulgaria's smoggy capital cleans up to host EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria's capital Sofia was all done-up to host incoming European Union officials for the opening of its EU Council presidency on Thursday, but it remained blanketed by smog.
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