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Bulgaria protests EU blacklist inclusion

Bulgarian deputies on October 5 protested the EU's decision to include Bulgaria on the so-called "blacklist" of 101 countries for which visas are required, RFF\RL and Reuters reported the same day. In an official declaration, they said the decision was "discriminatory." Former Prime Minister Filip Dimitrov of the Union of Democratic Forces said introducing such requirements "is unfair and penalizes ordinary Bulgarians." He added that including Bulgaria on the blacklist "only plays into the hands of those skeptical about our integration into the EU." Bulgaria and Romania are the only two East European countries with associate EU membership that are on the list. >Stefan Krause

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