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30 May 14

European Obesity Congress Winds up in Sofia

Health care professionals and medical experts from all over Europe have been meeting in Bulgaria to mull the growing problem of spreading waistlines.

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13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.

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08 May 14

Los Angeles Gets Taste of Best Balkan Films

The main prize at the ninth SEEfest film festival from May 1 to 5 in Los Angeles was shared between the Slovenian movie, 'Seduce Me', and 'Vis-à-Vis' of Croatia.

 

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07 May 14

Bulgarians Splash Out in Greece in May

Over a quarter-of-a-million Bulgarians visited Greece for the May spring break.

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07 May 14

Cash-Strapped Balkan States Miss Eurovision

The Eurovision contest is starting without several traditional competitors from the Balkans, which won't be performing in Copenhagen, mainly for reasons of cost.

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21 Oct 13

Bulgarian Cities Bid for Culture Capital Prize

Eight Bulgarian towns and cities are competing for the award of European Capital of Culture 2019.

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17 Oct 13

Bulgarian Wins Balkan Short Film Festival

'Botev is an idiot’, a fictional film by Deyan Bararev of Bulgaria, has won the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in Bucharest.

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24 Sep 13

Rare Piano's Conversion to Firewood Shocks Bulgaria

A youth centre manager in Dimitrovgrad has appalled music lovers by turning a valuable handmade Bluthner grand piano into kindling wood.

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14 May 13

Balkan Contestants Gear Up For Eurovision

Performers from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia will take to the stage for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2013 on Tuesday, closely watched by the glitzy song contest’s Balkan fans.

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08 Feb 13

Balkan Films Make Good Showing in Berlin

Movies from the Balkans have a significant presence at this year's international fim festival in Berlin, which opens on February 7.

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21 Dec 12

Bulgaria Urges EU Not to Neglect Culture

Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has called for EU funding of at least 600m euro for cultural projects in the 2014-2020 programming period.

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17 Sep 12

Tears and Standing Ovations for "The Third Half"

The premiere of the Macedonian movie “The Third Half”, which has already sparked controversy in neighbouring Bulgaria, has received a standing ovation at the Bitola film festival.

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17 Sep 12

Balkan Countries in Bid for Oscar

Among this year's candidates for the Best Foreign Language Film Award is a rich selection of movies from the Balkans dealing with topics from corruption to religion and football.

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27 Aug 12

BIRN to Fund Summer School Participants’ Investigations

Journalists who attended BIRN's summer school 2012 have obtained funds to conduct cross-border investigations.

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24 Jul 12

SEEMO, Balkan Leaders ‘Must Live With Free Media’

Top politicians in the region are still struggling to live with criticism, accusing journalists of undermining national interests and of mafia ties, media organisation says.

Culture Policy Focus

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24 Nov 11

Macedonian Wartime Love Story Angers Bulgarians

A movie set against the background of the deportation and destruction of the Jewish community in Macedonia is causing controversy in neighbouring Bulgaria even before it’s been released.

Politics and Society

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29 Aug 14

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Waging 'Information War'

Defence Ministry report says Bulgaria is in an information war with Russia, as the Kremlin strives to regain its lost influence in the former Soviet bloc.

Business

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27 Aug 14

Russians Lose Interest in Bulgarian Property

Sales of seaside property in Bulgaria to Russians have slumped by 30 per cent since the end of July - a fall-off ascribed in part to frayed political relations between the two countries.