Europe’s voters elect new parliament as nationalism mounts

Europe 05/25/19, 23:13

Bulgarians are voting in the European Parliament elections after a series of scandals overshadowed the debate on key issues of the EU's future.Voters on Sunday are casting ballots for their country's 17 seats in the 751-member European Parliament. The vote is seen as a test for the center-right party of ...

EU elections: Weber, in Bulgaria, vows tough migration laws

Europe 05/19/19, 09:47

A leading conservative candidate in next week's European Parliament elections has promised Bulgarians tight measures against illegal migration.Manfred Weber said in Sofia that "the state must win over the human traffickers in the fight against illegal migration."The center-right European People's Party candidate, who is also running to replace Jean-Claude Juncker ...

Truck drivers become key EU election issue in Bulgaria

Europe 05/14/19, 01:59

The future of Bulgaria's vast number of low-wage truck drivers has become a top campaign issue in the country heading into European Parliament elections, with debates raging on how new EU rules could threaten the workers and deepen divisions between rich and poor nations in the bloc.The European Commission wants ...

Pope in Bulgaria says refugees need love; Orthodox stay away

World 05/06/19, 12:49

Pope Francis told refugees Monday in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center that they are bearing the "cross of humanity," as he pressed his call for the migrant-skeptic Balkan country to welcome poor and desperate foreigners with love.On his second and final day in Bulgaria, Francis sought to encourage both refugees and ...

Update: Orthodox reps not at pope’s multi-faith event

Europe 05/06/19, 12:19

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Bulgaria (all times local):7:45 p.m.Pope Francis is presiding over a peace meeting in Bulgaria with members of the Balkan country's different faith communities and a children's choir singing "We Are the World."Pope Francis, second right, celebrates a mass in the Church of the ...

Update: Pope to address Bulgaria’s anti-migrant stance

Europe 05/05/19, 02:11

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local):10 a.m.Pope Francis has arrived in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants.Pope Francis boards the airplane on the occasion of a three-day trip to Bulgaria and Macedonia at Rome's Fiumicino International ...

Pope off to Bulgaria, a poor EU nation hostile to migrants

Europe 05/05/19, 01:10

Pope Francis will be spending two days in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member and a country with an unreceptive climate for migrants that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative.Francis is expected to tour a refugee center during the visit that ...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

Europe 05/04/19, 02:40

Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgaria and North Macedonia.Francis will also minister to the countries' tiny Catholic communities and meet with migrants, highlighting other papal ...

Far-right leaders rally in Bulgaria ahead of EU elections

Europe 05/03/19, 20:01

Far-right party leaders have accused the European Union of promoting migration policies that aim to destroy the values of EU member nations.Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally, and Gerolf Annemans, president of the EU parliament's Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom alliance, attended a populist Bulgarian ...

Greek police arrest suspect in Greek-Australian’s murder

Europe 04/05/19, 10:25

Greek authorities said Friday they have arrested and charged a Bulgarian man over the suspected contract killing of a Greek-Australian who was fatally shot outside his home in an Athens seaside suburb last year.The suspect's brother is also wanted on suspicion of having helped plan the murder of John Macris, ...

New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe

World 03/16/19, 10:48

The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire.Authorities in Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatia have confirmed ...

Stoltenberg: NATO doesn’t want a new Cold War

Europe 03/01/19, 05:32

NATO's secretary-general has warned that Russia's violation of a key Cold War-era treaty is one of the most pressing security challenges for the alliance.Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which has been the cornerstone for arm control for decades.Stoltenberg said Friday ...

World Cup race in Bulgaria canceled after overnight snowfall

Sports 02/23/19, 04:01

The first men's World Cup super-G after the world championships has been canceled due to snowfall a few hours before its scheduled start Saturday.Governing body FIS says conditions would not allow the race to happen "due to last night's snowfall and the present weather situation."It was not immediately clear whether ...

Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general

Europe 02/16/19, 15:17

Bulgarian nationalists have marched through Sofia, the country's capital, to honor a World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities.The annual Lukov March, staged by the far-right Bulgarian National Union, attracted hundreds of dark-clad supporters who walked through downtown Sofia holding torches and Bulgarian flags and chanting ...

Bulgaria to investigate 3rd suspect in UK ex-spy poisoning

World 02/10/19, 09:45

Bulgaria plans to investigate reports that a third suspect in the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England allegedly was involved in a 2015 poisoning in Bulgaria, a Bulgarian party official said Sunday.Tsvetan Tsvetanov of the ruling GERB party said the probe was being coordinated with foreign partners. ...

Bulgaria still hopes to adopt euro by 2022

Europe 01/29/19, 09:53

Bulgaria's prime minister said Tuesday that his country still aims to adopt the euro by 2022 despite some opposition by some local businesses that fear greater scrutiny of the economy.Speaking at a business forum in the capital, Boyko Borissov said that one of the big benefits of joining the euro ...

Bulgaria’s oldest city honored as European culture capital

Europe 01/12/19, 11:09

Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.Some 50,000 people gathered on a central square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages.Squeezed between the Balkan and the ...

Update: Pope urges aid to poor, homeless on Epiphany

Europe 01/06/19, 06:14

The Latest on celebrations of Epiphany (all times local):12:10 p.m.Pope Francis has marked the Epiphany feast day by urging people to follow the path of "humble love" and care for those who can give nothing back.For the Catholic Church, Jan. 6 recalls the journey of the three Magi, also known ...

Ice bath for Jesus: Orthodox worshippers celebrate Epiphany

Europe 01/06/19, 04:13

Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers have plunged into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to recover crucifixes cast by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.Tradition holds that the person who retrieves the wooden cross will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy throughout the year. ...

Modric wins Balkan award ahead of Djokovic and Halep

Soccer 12/27/18, 08:04

Croatia soccer star Luka Modric has been chosen Balkan athlete of the year. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July, where the midfielder was voted player of the tournament. He also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the first ...

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