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Far-right extremists march in Sofia to honour pro-Nazi general


SOFIA Hundreds of far-right extremists marched through the centre of Sofia on Saturday to honour a Bulgarian general who led a pro-Nazi organisation in the 1930s and 1940s.

Bulgaria rejects treaty to combat violence against women 15 Feb 2018

SOFIA Bulgaria's ruling GERB party has withdrawn from parliament a European treaty designed to combat violence against women in the face of opposition from its allies in government and religious groups.


EU leaders to host Turkey's Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can't shut out 07 Feb 2018

BRUSSELS European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels.


EU officials agree to meet Turkey's Erdogan in March despite poor ties 06 Feb 2018

BRUSSELS Top European Union officials will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Bulgaria on March 26 to discuss EU-Turkey relations as well as regional and international issues, an EU spokesman said on Tuesday.


Bulgaria denies eastern EU agreement on upping EU budget payments 02 Feb 2018

BUDAPEST The European Commission budget chief thanked a group of eastern EU members that he said had agreed on Friday to increase contributions to the bloc's budget, but one of them, Bulgaria denied it had made any such undertaking.

Solid growth, fiscal prudence needed for Bulgaria eurozone entry - central banker 30 Jan 2018

SOFIA Bulgaria needs to maintain strong economic growth and fiscal prudence for a relatively long time in order to adopt the euro, Central Bank Governor Dimitar Radev said on Tuesday.

WWF urges action against ski area expansion in Bulgarian park 29 Jan 2018

SOFIA Conservation group WWF stepped up pressure on Bulgaria on Monday to withdraw a decision to allow more construction of ski runs and lifts in a mountainous area home to bears and wolves, saying the UNESCO World Heritage Site should be preserved.

Bulgarian prosecutors to investigate owners of luxury cars, expensive homes 29 Jan 2018

SOFIA Bulgarian prosecutors said on Monday they would investigate wealthy Bulgarians who drive luxury cars or own expensive real estate, part of a drive to demonstrate to the European Union that the country is serious about tackling corruption.


Bulgaria delays vote on treaty that opposes violence against women 25 Jan 2018

SOFIA Bulgaria's ruling party delayed a vote on Thursday to ratify a European treaty designed to combat violence against women in the face of opposition from religious and political groups who said its provisions on gender could promote moral decay.


Bulgarian government survives no-confidence vote over corruption 25 Jan 2018

SOFIA The Bulgarian government on Thursday survived a parliamentary vote of no-confidence brought by the opposition Socialists over what they said was a lack of progress in fighting rampant corruption.


Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall

BEIRUT Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus.