Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bulgarian Pro-Russia Leader

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bulgarian Pro-Russia Leader

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SOFIA, Bulgaria - A day before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, another pro-Russian head of state was sworn in far to the east, in NATO member Bulgaria, as questions arise over the future of the alliance amid rising animosity with its Cold-War adversary.

Rumen Radev, a 53-year-old, U.S.-trained general, took the oath of office after defeating the ruling party's candidate in a November election and triggering an early parliamentary vote. After campaigning to improve ties with the Kremlin and lift European Union and U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and support of separatist rebels in Ukraine, he'll replace Rosen Plevneliev, an outspoken advocate of the penalties.

Far-right group eludes ban

BERLIN - Germany's highest court rejected on Tuesday an attempt to ban the National Democratic Party, the country's oldest far-right political organization, finding that it did not pose a danger to democracy even though its principles violate the Constitution. …

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