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04 May 11

Balkan Journalism Fellowship Opens in Vienna

This year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence gets under way, as ten journalists attend an opening seminar in the Austrian capital.

30 Mar 11

MPS Approve Changes to Bulgarian Science Academy

Bulgarian MPs have adopted amendments to the Law on the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, a year after proposed reform plans were dashed following protests.

01 Mar 11

Bulgaria Marks 'Grandmother March' Day

Despite seeing snowfall on Tuesday, Bulgaria is celebrating one of its most beloved traditional holidays - Baba Marta- which is believed to mark the beginning of spring.

09 Feb 11

Bulgaria Crazy Over Turkish Soap Operas

Bulgaria ranks second in the world in terms of the number of Turkish soap operas that it purchases.

09 Feb 11

Robbie Williams Arrives in Sofia for Music Video

British pop star Robbie Williams and his bandmates from Take That arrived in Sofia late Tuesday evening to film a music video.

19 Jan 11

Italian Media: Berlusconi May Have Bulgarian Girlfriend

Darina Pavlova, a former Bulgarian model, has been named by Italian media as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's long-term girlfriend.

22 Dec 10

Sofia Bids for European Capital of Culture

Sofia is launching a series of initiatives to promote its bid to be granted the 2019 European capital of culture title.

09 Dec 10

Bulgaria, Romania Top Stroke Death Rate in EU

Bulgaria and Romania have the highest rate of death from strokes in Europe, according to a new health report.

09 Dec 10

Bulgaria Comes Bottom of EU Class in Reading

Bulgaria has some of the least literate pupils in Europe, a world study has revealed.

01 Dec 10

World AIDS Day Poses Challenge for Balkans

The region may have avoided an epidemic but there is no room for complacency.

01 Dec 10

Budget Cuts Pose Threat To Bulgarian Movies

Filmmakers demand resignation of culture minister over concerns that reduction in funds will wreck industry.

15 Nov 10

Kosovo Journalist Wins 2010 Balkan Fellowship Prize

Majlinda Aliu from Kosovo, wins first prize in this year's Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Programme for her article “Trapped in Black: Balkan War Widows”.

29 Oct 10

Bulgarian Craze Over Locally Flavoured 'Staklen Dom'

Love triangles and mafia-style killings in Bulgaria's most popular drama are drawing both viewers and hopes that the show may boost locally produced television in the country.

17 May 10

Joksimovic Sweeps Balkan Music Awards

Serbian singer Zeljko Joksimovic won the top prize at the first Balkan Music Awards presented in the Bulgarian capital Sofia late Sunday night.
23 Sep 09

Bulgarian Wins UNESCO Race

Irina Bokova, Bulgaria's representative to UNESCO and ambassador in Paris, won Tuesday's final round of voting to become the next head of the organisation.

Culture Policy Focus

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.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

23 Jun 11

An Orthodox Shot of the Balkans

28 Dec 10

Sofia’s Homeless Museum Awaits Day of Glory

Politics and Society

23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.


16 Jan 18

UK Holiday Bargain-Hunters Urged to Try Bulgaria

Survey pronounces Bulgarian Black Sea resort the best-value vacation destination in Europe.

15 Jan 18

Bulgaria’s Move to Join the Euro Welcomed

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans