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29 Sep 16

Shelter Saves Bulgaria's Old Donkeys from Slaughter

A new NGO-run centre in the southern Bulgarian village of Belnichan will provide care and shelter for 60 'retired' donkeys, saving them for being sold for meat.

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28 Sep 16

Bulgaria Nominates Kristalina Georgieva for UN Chief

After its first choice stumbled badly in the race for the UN top job, Bulgaria has named Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission as its new candidate.

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28 Sep 16

Gender-Based Violence ‘Widespread in Bulgaria’

Over one in ten Bulgarians suffered from domestic or gender-based violence last year, with levels significantly higher among the country’s Roma population, a new study said.

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27 Sep 16

War Memorial's Demolition in Macedonia Outrages Bulgaria

Bulgarian politicians and experts have reacted with indignation after a Macedonian journalist smashed a memorial to their wartime dead to smithereens. 

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20 Sep 16

Bulgaria to Host New EU Border Agency Launch

The new EU Border and Coast Guard agency will be launched on October 6 in Bulgaria as part of European states’ attempt to deal with the refugee crisis.

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19 Sep 16

Bulgarian Nationalists Accused of Stirring Anti-Refugee Tension

Socialist MEP says Bulgarian nationalists are using anti-refugee protests to whip up support for their candidate in the presidential elections in November.

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14 Sep 16

Juncker’s Silence on Enlargement Alarms Balkan Watchers

The decision of the European Commission President not to mention EU enlargement in his annual speech has left Balkan observers feeling concerned and disappointed.

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13 Sep 16

Tensions Grow Over Bulgaria's UN Candidate

Bulgarian officials denied that Sofia was planning to replace its current nominee as new UN Secretary-General, Irina Bokova, with Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s budget.

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13 Sep 16

Two Migrants Drown in Danube in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian border police have found the bodies of two Iraqi migrants - a young man and a boy - who drowned while attempting to cross the River Danube to Romania by boat.

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02 Sep 16

Bulgaria Sets National Security as Top Priority

The Bulgarian government and parliament have declared that protection of national security is the key issue - but some experts view this as a crude tactic to win public support.

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29 Aug 16

Bulgaria Will not Accept Refugees Returned from Europe

Bulgaria will not accept refugees returned from Western Europe unless a re-admission agreement with Turkey, part of the EU-Turkey refugee deal, comes into effect, Bulgaria's PM announced on Sunday.

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26 Aug 16

Turkey Sets Visa-Free Deadline for EU

The Turkish PM told his Bulgarian counterpart to pass on the message that the EU must drop visa requirements for Turkish citizens in October if Brussels wants to send back migrants to Turkey as agreed.

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26 Aug 16

Bulgarian, Turkish Premiers Seek Solutions on Migrants

The prime ministers of Bulgaria and Turkey, Boyko Borissov and Binali Yildirim, are meeting on Friday in Istanbul to discuss joint solutions to the continuing migration crisis.

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24 Aug 16

Top Bulgarian Mountaineer Hospitalised After Car Smash

Well-known Bulgarian mountaineer and green campaigner Boyan Petrov is recovering in hospital after he was run over by a car while working on an environmental project.

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19 Aug 16

Bulgaria Rejects Blame for Weapons Reaching Syria

Bulgaria’s economy minister agreed that weapons from the country may have ended up in the hands of fighters in Syria and Iraq, but insisted that the state was not responsible for this.

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20 Sep 16

Bulgaria’s IT Boom Offers Syrian Refugee New Life

When one 33-year-old Syrian reached Bulgaria, his only goal was to get to Western Europe – but Bulgaria’s ambitious software and outsourcing companies made him change his mind.

13 Sep 16

Eastern Europe Risks Losing UN Top Job Race

30 Aug 16

Bulgaria’s Impossible Balancing Act

03 Aug 16

Hopes Run High For Balkan Nations in Rio

02 Aug 16

Bulgarians at Odds Over Mass Dolphin Deaths

Business

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21 Sep 16

Bulgaria MPs Back Repaying Russian Nuclear Firm

Bulgarian MPs have backed a bill that allows the state budget to cover debts of over 0.6 billion euros owed by Bulgaria’s state electric company NEC to Russia’s Atomstroexport - but Brussels needs to give its approval.

31 Aug 16

Tourism in Bulgaria Set For Record Summer

Culture and Lifestyle

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15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

Visiting the Balkans this summer? Get off the beaten track and visit some of the region’s lesser-known beauty spots.

05 Aug 16

Balkan Athletes Ready to Wave Flags in Rio