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23 Jun 17

Macron to Visit Romania After Vowing to Tackle Cheap Labour

President Macron’s harsh line on Eastern Europeans who work in the West - but pay less in social contributions – will impact on the Balkans, as well as on his primary target, Poland.

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20 Jun 17

Russian President Putin to Visit Bulgaria in 2018

Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation from President Rumen Radev to visit Bulgaria in 2018 to mark the 140th anniversary of the end of the Russo-Turkish war.

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20 Jun 17

Bulgarian Socialists Closer to Reclaiming Ruined ‘UFO’

The Bulgarian Socialist Party, successor to the former ruling Communist Party, is seeking to regain control of the huge, bizarre-looking monument to Socialism at Mount Buzludzha, which has been abandoned to decay for over three decades.

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20 Jun 17

Macedonia PM Aims to Heal Breach With Bulgaria

Macedonia's Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, on Tuesday heads to Bulgaria on a mission to warm up strained relations - and seek Bulgaria's aid in Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic intregration bids.

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19 Jun 17

Poles, Romanians Fervently pro-Western, Survey Shows

An opinion survey of seven countries conducted by the NGO Globsec highlights the staunchly pro-EU and pro-NATO views of Romanians and Poles compared to some other regional states.

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19 Jun 17

Bulgaria’s Gabriel Awaits Grilling Over Digital Portfolio

Media freedom and fake news are among the key topics at Tuesday’s hearing of Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria’s candidate for EU Digital Economy and Society Commissioner before the European Parliament.

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13 Jun 17

Bulgaria PM Vows to ‘Normalise’ EU-Turkey Relations

On a visit to Ankara, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov pledged to normalise the troubled relations between the EU and Turkey during the country’s EU presidency in 2018.

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07 Jun 17

Russians See Serbia, Bulgaria Among Closest Friends

Russians see Serbia and Bulgaria among their top 20 closest allies, but consider Romania among the nations hostile towards them, survey shows.

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02 Jun 17

Bulgarian Politician Demands 'Outing' of Gay MPs

Bulgarian populist leader Vesselin Mareshki's call for gay MPs to reveal their sexual orientation - as a form of conflict of interest - has prompted both outrage and laughter.

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01 Jun 17

Save the Children Notes Chasm Between Balkan Countries

New Save the Children report highlights big gap in child mortality rates, malnourishment and consequences of conflict between Croatia - at one end - and Albania - at the other.

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31 May 17

Deadly Kabul Blast Damages Bulgarian Embassy

The massive explosion on Wednesday in the Afghan capital, which killed about 80 people, damaged the Bulgarian embassy, which is now being evacuated, Bulgarian officials said.

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29 May 17

Bulgaria Mulls Limiting Asylum Seekers' Movement

Bulgaria's refugee agency proposes introducing 'designated areas of movement' for asylum applicants - which rights groups say will violate their human rights. 

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25 May 17

Putin's Homage to Cyrillic Makes Bulgarians See Red

Vladimir Putin’s claim, made at a meeting with the Macedonian President, that the Slavic alphabet came to Russia from Macedonia, has not gone down well in Bulgaria.

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23 May 17

Balkan Leaders Offer Condolences After Manchester Attack

Balkan leaders have condemned the bombing in Manchester, which left 22 people dead and 59 injured. 

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19 May 17

Nazi Storms Shake Bulgaria's New Govt

Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov has refused to bow to multiple calls for his resignation over Nazi rows involving both him and other members of his nationalist United Patriots. 

Premium

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16 Jun 17

Europe’s Royals Gather for Bulgarian Tsar’s 80th

Members of the royal families of the Balkans and of Spain have descended on Sofia to celebrate the 80th birthday of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Bulgaria’s last monarch and a former prime minister. 

26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

08 May 17

Painting Monuments Stays in Vogue in Bulgaria

08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

Business

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21 Jun 17

London Fire Raises Bulgarian Concern About High-Rises

Following the fire in London's Grenfell Tower, in which dozens died, concerns have risen in Bulgaria over construction materials used in renovation work on apartment blocks.

15 Jun 17

Balkan EU States Drop Roaming Fees

Culture and Lifestyle

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06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

01 Jun 17

Bulgaria's 'Rock 'n Roll' Capital Falls Silent

14 May 17

Teenage Bulgarian Pipped to Post at Eurovision