India looks to bolster partnership with EU
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — India's president is hailing his country's strategic partnership with the European Union to work together on issues like terrorism and climate change.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said after talks with Bulgaria counterpart Rumen Radev on Wednesday that both countries agree "that terrorism poses a great threat to humanity and a strong response is required to deal with this menace."
Bulgaria wades into Macedonia name dispute
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Bulgaria has waded into a 25-year-long dispute between Greece and Macedonia regarding Macedonia's name, saying that issue also concerns Bulgaria.
Macedonia and Greece are in a renewed push to resolve their dispute. Greece objects to its northern neighbor using the name, saying it implies territorial claims on its own province of Macedonia. One solution being discussed is to add a qualifier such as "new," ''upper" or "north" to the name.
Bulgarian leader vetoes “insufficient” anti-corruption law
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president on Tuesday vetoed an anti-corruption law approved by Parliament, saying it's not strong enough to effectively combat corruption.
President Rumen Radev imposed the veto a day after the Balkan country took over the rotating six-month presidency of the 28-nation European Union.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The presidents of Bulgaria and Romania insisted Wednesday that they weren't opposed to Russia, despite both Eastern European countries being members of NATO and the European Union.
The EU recently agreed to extend sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula three years ago. And Moscow views NATO with suspicion, after the alliance has beefed up its presence in Eastern Europe.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized on Thursday what he described as "pressure" on ethnic Turks in Bulgaria ahead of elections in the country.
Addressing representatives of Balkans' migrant groups, Erdogan said he hoped for "fair and transparent" parliamentary elections there on Sunday.
Bulgaria: President sets date for early general elections
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's new president, Rumen Radev, has set March 26 as the date for early elections and appointed a law professor to lead a caretaker government until then.
The president's office announced on Tuesday that Radev will dissolve parliament on Friday.
Ognyan Gerdzhikov, a 70-year-old centrist who served as parliament speaker from 2001 to 2005, will be interim prime minister.
New Bulgaria president pledges post to continuity, democracy
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Rumen Radev has assumed office as Bulgaria's new president after an inauguration ceremony in front of the landmark Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia.
In his first speech as president, Radev underscored the idea of continuity and pledged to work for a "united society in the name of democracy."
Radev said he would be a president for all Bulgarians regardless of party affiliations, ethnicity or religion.
New Bulgarian president takes oath of office
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's new president, Rumen Radev, took his oath of office Thursday, preparing the way for him to formally take over the post from Rosen Plevneliev on Sunday.
Radev, who is the country's fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in Parliament on Thursday together with Vice-President Iliana Yotova.