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Bulgaria's course unclear after fractured election result

Sofia - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's centre-right party came first in the weekend's parliamentary elections, partial results showed Monday, but with protest parties surging it has no clear partner to form a governing coalition.

Bulgarian PM's party tops vote, but no clear coalition partner

Sofia - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's centre-right GERB party came first in the weekend's parliamentary elections, partial results showed Monday, but with protest parties surging it has no clear partner to form a governing coalition.

Bulgarian PM's party set to top vote but protest parties surge

Sofia - The centre-right GERB party of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has come first in parliamentary elections with around 25 percent of the vote, according to partial exit polls published on Sunday evening after polls closed.

Bulgarian PM seeking fourth term in Covid-hit vote

Sofia - Bulgarians were voting Sunday to elect a new parliament, with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's centre-right party tipped to finish first although it may struggle to find coalition partners.

Through pandemic and protests, Bulgaria's Borisov hangs on

Sofia - When Bulgarians took to the streets last summer demanding the resignation of conservative Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, analysts thought that after almost a decade in the job his time was up.

Bulgaria scraps vaccine priority lists after low take-up

Sofia - Bulgarians of all ages, some as young as 20, joined long queues at hospitals this weekend after low uptake on priority lists led the government to open up vaccinations to everyone.

Same-sex couple takes baby citizenship fight to top EU court

Sofia - A same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar took their fight to obtain nationality for their stateless baby girl to the EU's top court on Tuesday.

One of Bulgaria's oldest doctors keeps up virus fight

Dupnica - Infectious disease specialist Dr Maria Bogoeva was ready to hang up her scrubs and retire from her post in a small provincial hospital in western Bulgaria when the coronavirus pandemic struck.

'A lot of bitterness': N. Macedonia PM laments Bulgaria's EU blockade

Skopje - Bulgaria's fresh blockade of North Macedonia's dreams of joining the European Union goes against the bloc's values and has caused a "lot of bitterness among us", Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told AFP.

Bulgaria's ageing medics struggle on virus front line

Shumen - With just one doctor and three nurses for every 55 seriously-ill coronavirus patients, staff in the hospital in the eastern Bulgarian city of Shumen say they are at the end of their tether.

Berlin hopes for EU entry talks with Skopje, Tirana

Sofia - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she hoped EU accession talks could be launched with North Macedonia and Albania before Germany's EU Council presidency finishes at the end of the year.

Tired but defiant: 100 days of protests in Bulgaria

Sofia - In a hundred days of sweeping and at times violent protests, thousands of Bulgarians have tightened the screws on the political elite -- but this, they say, is only the beginning.

Duo get life sentences in Bulgaria over 2012 Israeli bus bombing

Sofia - A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two Lebanese men in their absence to life in prison over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country's Burgas airport.

Bulgaria court to rule in 2012 Israeli bus bombing trial

Sofia - A Bulgarian court is due to deliver its verdict Monday in a trial over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country's Burgas airport.

Bulgaria ruling party defiant as protests turn violent

Sofia - Bulgaria's ruling conservative party on Thursday resisted calls for Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government to resign, after two months of protests against his perceived tolerance of corruption erupted into the most violent day yet.

At least 55 people hurt as showdown in Bulgaria takes violent turn

Sofia - Anti-riot police guarding the Bulgarian parliament weathered smokebombs, firecrackers and stones on Wednesday as the latest in two months of anti-government protests took a violent turn, with at least 55 people hurt and nearly 100 arrested.

Varied faces of Bulgaria's anti-corruption protests

Sofia - The anti-corruption protests that have been roiling in the streets of the Bulgarian capital Sofia for the past six weeks have united people from across the country and all walks of life.

Bulgarian anti-government protesters block central Sofia

Sofia - Anti-government protesters occupied two key crossroads in downtown Sofia on Thursday, vowing to block traffic until the conservative government they accuse of corruption resigns.

Bulgarians mark three weeks of anti-government protests

Sofia - Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets of downtown Sofia on Wednesday, marking three weeks of nightly protests calling for the resignation of the conservative government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Bulgaria's youth push for national renewal

Sofia - "Get out! We'll come to visit you in jail!" shouted a group of young Bulgarians at a recent rally, demanding not only the end of the government but a whole corrupt system.

Bulgaria's 'man of the people' Borisov walks tightrope

Sofia - The great survivor of Bulgarian politics, veteran Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, is facing one of the toughest crises of his premiership as anti-corruption protesters vow to keep up a nightly series of demonstrations.

Bulgaria anti-government protesters take to streets for eighth day

Sofia - Thousands of Bulgarians protested in the capital Sofia for an eighth consecutive day Thursday to demand the end of a government they accuse of corruption and favouritism towards oligarchs.

Bulgarian PM sacks three ministers as protesters keep up pressure

Sofia - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov sacked his ministers of finance, economy and the interior, the government said Wednesday, as street protesters pressed for the premier's own resignation.

Protestors pile pressure on Bulgaria's veteran premier

Sofia - A wave of street protests against corruption have swept Bulgaria in recent days, with demonstrators piling pressure on veteran premier Boyko Borisov to resign over his perceived links with oligarchs.

Fourth night of anti-government protests in Bulgaria

Sofia - Thousands of Bulgarians gathered for a fourth day on Sunday in Sofia and other cities to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of the conservative government.

Bulgarian president calls on 'mafia-type' government to resign

Sofia - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev called on Saturday for a resignation of the "mafia-type" conservative government, which he blamed for ordering police raids on his offices this week.

Exiled fallen oligarch thorn in flesh of Bulgarian authorities

Sofia - The recent fall from grace of one of Bulgaria's richest men has stunned his compatriots as they keenly follow his judicial woes in their corruption-ridden country.

Australian jailed for murder in Bulgaria free to go home

Sofia - An Australian man who was jailed in Bulgaria for a 2007 murder is free to go home after serving 11 years of his sentence, the supreme court ruled Thursday.

With few computers, Romania and Bulgaria face homeschool hurdles

Darova - Maria Avadanei is exhilarated: after receiving a tablet as a donation, she can finally take her online lessons."I was afraid of failing my classes," says the 15-year-old from Darova, a rural commune in Transylvania in western Romania.

Digital lifeline for refugees in Bulgaria -- and beyond

Sofia - Single mother-of-two Sara Faizi from Afghanistan faced a dead end when she arrived in Bulgaria in 2018: the former bank branch operations manager needed a job but neither spoke the local language nor had any contacts.
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