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The Socialist Party, which came second in the May 12 elections, received a mandate to form a government from President Rosen Plevneliev on Thursday - after the front-ranking GERB party refused to do so.
The Amnesty International Report for 2012 listed war crimes prosecutions and discrimination against sexual and ethnic minorities as among the most pressing rights issues in the Balkans.
Croatia leads the Balkans in providing the best legal environment for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, while Macedonia offers the least protection, new research says.
Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's former prime minister, has called for the annulment of the May 12 parliamentary election results, alleging fraud.
As more than 6 million Bulgarians potentially head to polling stations on Sunday, it is still far from clear which of the two main political blocs will emerge the victor.
The centre-right GERB party has a lead of nearly 3 per cent over the opposition Socialist Party ahead of general elections on Sunday, a new poll says.
The Macedonian and Bulgarian academies of sciences are mulling ways to end decades of non-cooperation at a time when the two countries' political ties remain strained.
Caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov said the Bulgarian authorities are working to find the truth about covert recordings of top politicians that have caused a national scandal.
The release of a covert recording of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov has intensified the continuing scandal over the bugging of top Bulgarian politicians.
Members of former GERB government have accused Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the former interior minister and GERB's current election campaign chief, of eavesdropping on them.
Bulgaria has charged four officials of the police's Specialized Directorate Technical Operations with abuse of power and obstruction of justice over an eavesdropping scandal.
Bulgaria secretly arrested several suspects for the airport terror attack last year, a report says, including an Iranian with a Canadian passport.
A leading Bulgarian police official investigating organised crime is being probed for alleged corruption after an anonymous whistleblower revealed secret documents.
Less than a month prior to elections in Bulgaria, two opinion polls showed the party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leading its main opponent, the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
Bulgarian and Romanian officials have signed a memorandum to expand and jointly manage protected wetland areas along their Danube border.
The Bulgarian prosecutor said an investigation had uncovered a series of wiretapping violations at the country’s interior ministry after allegations that top politicians were bugged.
A slew of official investigations, accusations and counter-accusations have dominated a campaign in which the former ruling GERB party has maintained its poll lead.
Investors considering Bulgarian markets will be cautious as long as the current political unrest continues, experts warn.
All Balkan contestants in the semi finals on Tuesday failed to qualify for Eurosong. Macedonia and Albania are still hoping they will qualify on Thursday show in Malmo.