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Bulgaria snap polls set for March 26

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Tuesday appointed former parliament speaker Ognjan Gerdzhikov as caretaker prime minister, dissolved the blocked legislature and scheduled early elections for March 26.

Bulgaria's new President Radev sworn in

Bulgaria's new President Rumen Radev swore an oath of office in the country's parliament on Thursday before formally assuming the post in three days' time.

Bulgaria headed towards polls after attempts to form government fail

Bulgaria was heading towards its third election in four years after attempts to build a new government coalition failed on Tuesday.

Bulgarian cargo train explosion kills five, injures 29

Five people died and 29 were injured in Bulgaria on Saturday when a freight train hauling gas tanks derailed and crashed into several homes, authorities said.

Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey open joint police centre

Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey are to strengthen cooperation between their police and customs forces, with the opening of a new contact centre on Friday.

Clashes break out at migrant centre in Bulgaria, 14 police injured

Clashes broke out Thursday between asylum seekers and police in Bulgaria's largest migrant reception centre, local authorities said.

Bulgarian premier resigns, paving way for snap polls

Bulgaria's conservative Prime Minister Boyko Borisov resigned Monday in the wake of the electoral defeat of his GERB party candidate in presidential elections, paving the way to snap polls.

Bulgaria's Borisov: Bodyguard turned two-time prime minister

Boyko Borisov, who is to step down as Bulgarian prime minister, is a former fireman, policeman, karate black belt and bodyguard to Bulgaria's elite, as well as an ex-mayor of the capital Sofia.

General Rumen Radev: From fighter pilot to Bulgarian president

Bulgarian General Rumen Radev is a political novice, but on Sunday he made the jump from flying a fighter jet to piloting the country's presidential office.

Bulgarian PM Borisov to quit after presidential candidate's loss

Bulgaria's conservative prime minister, Boyko Borisov, said Sunday that he will resign next week because his party's candidate lost the presidential election and his government had lost popular support.

Exit polls: Bulgarian opposition candidate wins presidential election

Exit polls in Bulgaria indicated Sunday that opposition candidate Rumen Radev has won the presidential election runoff, defeating conservative Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's candidate Tsetska Tsacheva.

Bulgarians vote for head of state with government also at stake

Bulgarians began voting Sunday in an election run-off for the country's president, a post that carries little real authority, but could determine the fate of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Bulgarian presidential run-off to determine fate of government

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov promised to resign if his party's nominee doesn't win the most votes in presidential elections, making Sunday's poll also decisive for the future of the government.

Surprise result in Bulgaria means run-off vote for president

Bulgarians will elect their new president in a run-off vote on November 13, with opposition hopeful Rumen Radev taking a surprising lead over Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's candidate Tsetska Tsacheva in the first round.

Bulgaria bans burkas and other garments covering the face

Bulgaria on Friday passed a nationwide law banning garments that cover the face, including burkas, from most public places.

Hungary's Orban: EU's future hinges on Bulgaria's border with Turkey

The future of the European Union depends on the bloc providing Bulgaria with adequate border protection assistance in the face of a surge in migrants hoping to reach Europe via the Balkan nation, warned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Two Iraqi migrants drown, four missing after boat capsizes in Danube

Two Iraqi migrants drowned and four others were missing after their small boat capsized as they attempted to cross the Danube River from Bulgaria to Romania, the Bulgarian state radio reported Tuesday.

Bulgaria to extradite brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo attacker

The brother-in-law of one of the gunmen who stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 is to be extradited from Bulgaria to France, Bulgarian news agency BTA reported.

Bulgaria charges 3 Syrian refugees with attempt to join Islamic State

Bulgarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged three Syrians, who have already been granted refugee status in Germany, with attempting to join the Islamic State militia, state news agency BTA reported. 

SEECP supports European integration of all SE European countries

A summit of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Sofia ended on Wednesday with the message that all countries in southeast Europe have to become members of the European Union.

Croatia's SEECP presidency to focus on education, energy and crisis response

Croatia assumed chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) from Bulgaria at a summit in Sofia on Wednesday.