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>> Back to the booths in Bulgaria. For a third time in four years, the country's choosing its new Parliament. It's an election seen as a test of the nation's divided loyalties between Russia and the European Union. The snap poll was triggered in November when former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov resigned after his candidate in the presidential race suffered a heavy defeat to a pro-Russian general.
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Borissov is running once again, and his center-right GERB Party narrowly leads the opinion polls ahead of the socialists. Led by Cornelia DeNova, they are riding a wave of popularity, campaigning to improve ties with Russia. Even if it means upsetting the country's EU partners.>> I voted for a change in our lives, security on the border and inside the country.
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Justice and not to allow any other country, no matter from the east, west or south, to interfere with our internal affairs.>> Bulgaria takes over the European Union's rotating six-month presidency in January next year. The Balkan country has strong historical ties with Moscow, and remains almost entirely reliant on Russian energy supplies.
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But the GERB Party has backed the EU sanctions on the Kremlin over its actions in the Ukraine crisis. Its leaders are also in a stash with Turkey, accusing its neighbor of trying to interfere in the election.>>
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> If Bulgarians decide today that we should be ruling the country, we shall speak a lot about Turkey the next days.
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Turkey and Europe have to do many compromises to improve the situation and keep the peace.>> Neither party, though, is likely to put an effort in Sunday's election to govern alone. That means both would likely have to court the United Patriots, an alliance of three nationalist parties. They are polling third, thanks to widespread anger over the flow of anger over the flow of migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia trying to reach Western Europe via the Balkans.