BULGARIA

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Bulgaria decides on its defense plans in coordination with its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said on Friday after Russia said its security demands included that NATO forces leave Bulgaria and Romania.



A man passes in front of a poster reminding the Bulgaria’s presidency of EU, dated 2018 in Sofia, Jan. 4, 2022. [AP Photo/Valentina Petrova]
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Fifteen years after Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union, many residents say the former communist nations certainly are better for it. But the two countries still have a way to go to deliver on ending endemic corruption and generating the kind of economic growth that would keep their citizens from leaving to seek financial opportunities elsewhere.




Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov gestures as he walks towards the government building after being elected, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dec. 13, 2021 [Reuters/Spasiyana Sergieva].
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Bulgarian lawmakers on Monday voted in Kiril Petkov, a Harvard-educated entrepreneur, as prime minister and approved the lineup of his broad coalition government, ending months of political deadlock in the European Union’s poorest member state.

Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev, leaders of Bulgaria’s new centrist party We Continue the Change, react after the first exit polls during parliamentary and presidential elections, in Sofia, Nov. 14, 2021 [Reuters/Stoyan Nenov].
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Bulgaria’s new centrist We Continue The Change (PP) party said it had sealed a broad coalition deal with socialist, populist and centre-right lawmakers on Friday after eight months of political paralysis, raising prospects for a revival of anti-corruption reforms.