SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's parliament has approved an extension of the ban on the sale of farm land to foreigners until 2020, defying warnings by the European Union.
Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 171-38 in favor of a motion introduced by the nationalist party Ataka extending the ban by seven years, although Bulgaria had pledged when it joined the EU in 2007 that the ban would be lifted on Jan. 1 next year.
The European Commission has warned Bulgaria that there would be consequences, but has not been specific. Bulgaria's president has the power to veto the legislation, though parliament could override a veto.
The purchase of land is a sensitive issue in the Union's poorest member country, where farm land sells for nearly ten times lower than the EU average.
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The attorney for a state cop fired last week for shooting at a minivan full of kids tells News 13 her client deserves his job back.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
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New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.