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21 Aug 17

Bulgaria Reopens Commercial Service in Macedonia

Following the historic signing of a friendship treaty, Bulgaria has decided to reopen its commercial and economic service in the Macedonian capital, aiming to boost business ties between the two countries.

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17 Aug 17

Modern Slavery Risk Highlighted in Bulgaria, Romania

A newly published index names Romania and Bulgaria as two of the five EU countries where the risk of modern slavery is highest – alongside Greece, Italy and Cyprus.

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16 Aug 17

Romania’s Economy Named EU's Fastest Growing

Romania’s economy grew by a healthy 5.9 percent in the second quarter of the year, pushing its GDP to its highest level in 12 months. 

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15 Aug 17

Bulgarian Festival Cancelled Amid Nightclub Crackdown

SOLAR Summer, a popular electronic music festival at Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach resort, has cancelled its 2017 edition, fearing it might be targeted as part of deputy PM Valeri Simeonov’s ‘war on noise’.

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15 Aug 17

Bulgarian Deputy PM’s Disco Raids Spark Backlash

Bulgaria’s deputy premier Valeri Simeonov, who led raids on nightclubs in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach in which a popular DJ was arrested, has caused controversy with his ‘war on noise’.

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14 Aug 17

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft

Billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, the owner of two iron and gold mining companies in the Balkans, who is wanted by anti-graft prosecutors in Romania, has been arrested in Israel for alleged money laundering.

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09 Aug 17

Croatia Postpones Property Tax Law after Backlash

After a petition against a proposed law to introduce property taxes attracted over 130,000 signatures, the Croatian government decided to postpone its implementation.

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09 Aug 17

Bulgaria Backs New Chinese ‘Smart City’ Near Sofia

The Saint Sofia project, a huge, high-tech entertainment, retail, hotel and office complex funded by Chinese money, is expected to be built near Bulgaria’s capital over a three-year period.

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08 Aug 17

Russia to Repay Soviet-Era Debt to Bosnia

Russia is to repay $125 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, finally resolving the issue of its Soviet-era debt to the former Yugoslav country.

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07 Aug 17

Macedonia Cuts ‘Wasteful’ Spending, Boosts Social Welfare

Macedonian MPs passed a budget rebalance that the government claims cuts unproductive spending to increase the minimum wage and support farmers, small businesses and workers at bankrupt companies.

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07 Aug 17

Russians Own Every Third Foreign Company in Montenegro

Although Podgorica’s relations with Moscow hit a new low this year when Montenegro joined NATO, almost every third foreign-run company in the tiny Adriatic country is still owned by Russians.

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03 Aug 17

Kosovo Delays Action to Avert Coal Shortage

Kosovo's government has deferred a decision to expropriate houses in an area that was needed for coal mining in order to avert a potential energy crisis. 

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02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

Western Balkan countries have united in condemning Croatia's tax increase on imports of fruit and vegetables, with some hinting at possible counter-measures in response.

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01 Aug 17

Croatian Tourist Boom Runs Short of Workers

Low quotas set for foreign workers and poor work conditions are being blamed for a labour shortage in in Croatia's otherwise booming tourism sector.

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28 Jul 17

Romania Joins Campaign Against 'Double Standards' in Food

Romania is joining a number of other Eastern European states who accuse big food retailers of using an EU loophole to sell inferior-quality products to their countries.

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18 Jan 18

EU Funds Bring Hope for Bosnia's Neglected Farmers

A last-minute political breakthrough means that Bosnian farmers may finally be able to access badly needed EU funds for agriculture.

20 Nov 17

Serbia’s IMF Arrangement Ends on High Note

06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

Politics and Society

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23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

23 Jan 18

Most Macedonian Professors Wish to Emigrate

23 Jan 18

Unsafe Haven: Life and Death for LGBT Refugees

Culture and Lifestyle

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Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.