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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!

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.

Turkey reopens iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria on Sunday reopened the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria are Sunday due to reopen the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, in a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Corruption bill vetoed in graft-riddled Bulgaria

Sofia - Bulgaria's president on Tuesday vetoed legislation demanded by Brussels aimed at tackling rampant corruption, saying it fails to protect whistleblowers.

Corruption bill vetoed in graft-riddled Bulgaria

Sofia - Bulgaria's president on Tuesday vetoed legislation demanded by Brussels aimed at tackling rampant corruption, saying it fails to protect whistleblowers.

Bulgaria takes over revolving EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member state, on Monday took over the bloc's six-month revolving presidency with the ongoing migrant crisis and Brexit among the top items on its agenda.

Reporters face obstacle run in corruption-hit Bulgaria

Sofia - Cartoonist Hristo Komarnitski and his colleagues had no illusions: launching a satirical journal was always going to be tricky in Bulgaria, new holder of the EU presidency but also ranked as the bloc's worst press freedom violator.

From migrants to Brexit, Bulgaria to play mediator at EU helm

Sofia - When Bulgaria takes up the rotating EU presidency on January 1, it will face the tough task of trying to reconcile the quarreling 28 member states and forge compromises on hot issues including migration and Brexit.

Sofia to ban horse-drawn carts for EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria's capital Sofia is drafting plans to rid the common sight of creaking horse-drawn carts from its streets in an effort to brush up its image for the country's EU presidency from January.

Bulgaria passes anti-corruption law before taking EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria's parliament passed on Wednesday a law aimed at improving its fight against high-level corruption, a move long sought by the EU just days before the country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.

Bulgaria accuses Iran of rejecting PM's overflight request

Sofia - Bulgaria on Wednesday accused Iran of refusing a plane taking its prime minister to Saudi Arabia through its airspace, but the Islamic republic denied it rejected the overflight request.

Bulgarian pilots refuse to fly MiG-29s over safety concerns

Sofia - Bulgarian air force pilots refused to fly their Soviet-built MiG-29 jets for planned training on Wednesday, blaming safety concerns and a lack of flight preparation.

Bulgaria's tough test in bringing Roma back to school

Plovdiv - Small armies of teachers, social workers and police officers are swarming across Bulgaria to carry out a Herculean task -- convince tens of thousands of Roma parents to send their children to school.

Stranded migrants struggle in hostile Bulgaria

Bulgaria - Syrian refugee Fahim Jaber hoped for a better life in Europe. But like hundreds of others, he is stuck in Bulgaria, the EU's poorest country -- safe, but unwelcome and with few prospects.

10 years on, Bulgarian nurses leave Libya ordeal behind

- Bulgarian nurse Valentina Siropoulo was once condemned to death in Moamer Kadhafi's Libya. Ten years after she and four colleagues were released and allowed home, appreciation of their freedom overwhelms memories of their harrowing ordeal.

Eastern Europeans bite back over 'food apartheid'

Sofia - It looks like Nutella, smells like Nutella and yet doesn't quite taste like the famous Italian chocolate spread.

Five dead as heatwave hits Bulgarian capital

Sofia - Five people died on Saturday as soaring temperatures hit the Bulgarian capital Sofia where the mercury was expected to reach as high as 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit), hospital sources said.

23 arrests in crackdown on Bulgarian border corruption

Sofia - Twenty-three customs officers and businessmen have been arrested in a probe into corruption at a major checkpoint on Bulgaria's border with Greece, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Outcry in Bulgaria as nationalist heads panel on minorities

Sofia - Bulgaria's government sparked an outcry Thursday after it announced that the country's vice premier, a nationalist notorious for verbal attacks on Roma and migrants, would head a major panel on minorities.

Bulgarians jailed for baby sale in Greece

Sofia - Two Bulgarian men were jailed on Friday for 10 years and a woman for six years for trafficking two pregnant women to sell their babies in neighbouring Greece.

Ergodan referendum splits Bulgaria's Turks

Dzhebel - Turkey's upcoming referendum on expanding the president's powers has sparked deep rifts among ethnic Turks in neighbouring Bulgaria, who find themselves caught in a tug-of-war between Sofia and Ankara.

Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's Mr. Big

Sofia - Boyko Borisov, who scored yet another comeback in snap elections Sunday, has long dominated the Bulgarian political scene in a manner befitting his imposing physical presence.

Bulgaria's Borisov faces tough task after election win

Sofia - Bulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election victory that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time.

Bulgaria's Borisov faces tough task after election win

Sofia - Bulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election victory that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time.
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