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Rumen Radev casts his vote in the second round of presidential elections in Bulgaria, at a polling station in Sofia.  Photograph: EPA/VASSIL DONEV

Bulgarian socialist ally Rumen Radev, a Russia-friendly newcomer to politics, won yesterday’s presidential election by a large margin, exit polls show(...)

Pro-Russian presidential candidate General Rumen Radev,  of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, meets supporters during an election rally in Karlovo. Photograph: Peter Ganev/Reuters

Politicians seeking closer ties with Russia are expected to win Sunday’s presidential election run-offs in Bulgaria and Moldova, potentially giving a(...)

Rumen Radev, presidential candidate of the Initiative Committee, formally supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). Photograph: Borislav Troshev/EPA

Former air force commander Rumen Radev narrowly won the first round of presidential elections in Bulgaria on Sunday, exit polls showed, raising prospe(...)

Gerb party candidate Tsetska Tsacheva is in favour of rapprochement with Russia. Photograph: Novnikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty

Bulgaria’s handling of the refugee crisis and relations with Moscow are key issues for its voters in Sunday’s presidential election, in which a stron(...)

 Head of Unesco Irina Bokova   and Bulgarian EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva  who has replaced Ms Bokova as the country’s candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations. Photograph: Kena Betancur,Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations took a fresh turn on Wednesday as Bulgaria nominated European Union commiss(...)

Migrants and refugees walking through the port of Piraeus after arriving from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios IN February, 2016: On Monday, some 460 people landed on Greek islands from Turkey – almost as many as arrived during the whole of the previous week and the biggest daily figure for several months. Photograph:   Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Daniel McLaughlin Balkan states are on the alert for any surge in the number of asylum seekers heading for western Europe, as Ankara warns the EU ov(...)

Czech Republic’s president Milos Zeman welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at Prague Castle. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Tallinn, Prague and Warsaw are pleasant destinations in late summer, but Angela Merkel’s recent visit may have left her with a nasty chill. The Germa(...)

A girl lays flowers in front of the French embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Bulgaria has detained hundreds of people for entering the country illegally, it said on Sunday, while prime minister Boiko Borisov called on the EU to(...)

Illegal wiretapping, cronyism and rumours of criminal deals: remarkably, Boiko Borisov, leader of the centre-right Gerb party, has a good chance of being returned to power in Sunday’s general election. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Voters in Bulgaria go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament after a turbulent period that has seen three governments fall by the wayside si(...)

Leader of centre-right GERB party Boiko Borisov. Photograph: Reuters

Bulgaria faces political paralysis after a snap election failed to hand a majority to any party and gave a potentially crucial role to far-righ(...)

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