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27 Apr 17

Bulgarian Bikers Join Putin’s ‘Wolves’ on Soviet Ride

Ten Bulgarian bikers will join Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favourite motorcycle club, the Night Wolves, on their ‘Victory Road’ trip, following the Soviet Red Army’s route to Berlin.

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26 Apr 17

Balkan States Suffer Decline in Media Freedom

Reporters Without Borders' latest World Press Freedom Index says media freedoms are diminishing in several Balkan countries, with Croatia and Serbia registering the worst declines over the past year.

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25 Apr 17

Balkan States Rapped over Holocaust Property Restitution

Bosnia and Herzegovina has failed to comply with an international declaration on the restitution of property seized during WWII, while other Balkan countries have not honoured their commitments in full.

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24 Apr 17

Protesters Call for Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor to Quit

Protesters in three Bulgarian cities on Monday were due to demand the resignation of the controversial Prosecutor General, Sotir Tsatsarov, who now has been accused of trying to lean on an important businessman.

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20 Apr 17

Newcomers Dominate Bulgaria’s New Parliament

The 240 MPs sworn in at the opening session of Bulgaria’s 44th National Assembly on Wednesday included a large number of political novices, more generals and journalists than before, and fewer legal experts.

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11 Apr 17

Bulgarian President Demands Curbs on ‘Foreign Interference’

President Rumen Radev welcomed controversial legislation proposed by the justice ministry that would limit the voting rights of Bulgarians abroad with the aim of countering political influence from foreign states.

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11 Apr 17

Bulgaria Parties Mull Joint Stance on EU Presidency

Amid talks on forming a coalition with far-right parties, Bulgaria's main centre-right GERB party is meeting its defeated Socialist rivals to secure their support for Bulgaria’s 2018 EU Presidency.

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04 Apr 17

Bulgaria’s Borissov to Head New Coalition Govt

Boyko Borissov is likely to become prime minister of Bulgaria for a third time, leading a coalition government that includes his centre-right party GERB and the nationalist United Patriots.

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04 Apr 17

Freedom House: Balkan States Hit by Democratic Setbacks

Balkan countries experienced democratic setbacks in 2016 because of corruption, political interference in the justice system and uncompetitive elections, said a Freedom House report.

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28 Mar 17

Top Bulgarian Entertainer Denounces TV ‘Censorship’ as Show Cancelled

Popular Bulgarian performer Slavi Trifonov has had his evening show taken off air by private broadcaster bTV. 

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26 Mar 17

Borissov’s GERB Wins Bulgaria’s Snap Parliamentary Election

Centre-right GERB claimed victory in Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections, narrowly defeating its main opponents, the Bulgarian Socialists, exit polls show. 

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26 Mar 17

Bulgaria Enters Knife-Edge Parliamentary Contest

The likely outcome of the general election in Bulgaria remains unclear with only a few percentage points separating the main centre-right and centre-left parties. 

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24 Mar 17

Timeline: Bulgaria Readies for Tight Parliamentary Race

As Bulgaria heads for snap general elections on March 26, polls suggest it will be neck and neck between former ruling centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, and the main opposition left-oriented Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP.

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21 Mar 17

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports of an alleged global financial scheme to launder over $20 billion of suspect money from Russian banks have linked Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia to some of the dubious transactions.

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21 Mar 17

Nationalists Block Bulgaria’s Border Checkpoints with Turkey

The nationalist United Patriots coalition blocked key checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border to prevent what it called ‘electoral tourism’ by Bulgarian Turks loyal to Ankara ahead of Sunday’s polls.

Premium

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24 Apr 17

Bulgarian Postman Humbled by Film’s Global Success

Tonislav Hristov’s film, ‘The Good Postman,’ about one man’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees in his dying Bulgarian village, will open the One World Documentary Film Fest in Brussels on Monday.

20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

19 Apr 17

Bulgaria Stands to Gain from EU-Gazprom Deal

16 Apr 17

Christians Celebrate Easter Around the Balkans

Business

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19 Apr 17

Bulgaria Stands to Gain from EU-Gazprom Deal

Deal easing restrictions on gas sales between EU member states and offering better prices could be a big win for Bulgaria - though some fear the country will not make the most of the changes.

09 Feb 17

Heating Failures Leave Bulgarian Capital Cold

Culture and Lifestyle

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31 Mar 17

Town's Move to Lose 'Protected' Status Shocks Bulgarians

An attempt by the authorities in the 'museum town' of Koprivshtitsa to do away with its 'protected' status has horrified many Bulgarians, starting with the country's President.