The Bulgarian government reacted to the rising migrant crisis faced by Greece by announcing that it is mobilizing its armed forces and police to better protect its borders.
The move followed scenes at the Greek-fYRoM borders hours earlier, as Syrian refugees and other third world migrants were prevented by armed guards from entering the landlocked country to Greece’s north.
Greece is "irritated" by Serbia's position "regarding Kosovo and Macedonia," the Beta agency is quoting an article published on the SKAI website.
The Greek media outlet quoted unnamed "foreign ministry circles" who said that "Serbia lately made a series of incomprehensible moves, exerting pressure in the European Union to settle the (Macedonian) name issue."
Bulgaria's two biggest opposition parties, have demanded a more rapid accession of Macedonia and other Western Balkan nations into the EU to boost "Europeanization" there.
Positions of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) largely overlapped during a debate in Parliament while lawmakers were holding a regular sitting on Wednesday.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev began a two-day visit to Zagreb and Croatia on Tuesday, meeting President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic to discuss issues of mutual economic interest and boost ties.
Plevneliev was the first head of state to visit the Croatian capital since Grabar Kitarovic took office in February.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said that he expects more Austrian investments to the country after a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer in Vienna on Tuesday.
Plevneliev stated that Bulgaria and Austria had common plans and goals, which the two countries aimed to fulfill both at the level of bilateral relations and at the EU level.