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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.

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.

19 Aug 16

Syrians Alarmed by Bulgarian Media’s Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

The Syrian community in Bulgaria wants the state authorities to investigate the growing number of xenophobic media articles that denigrate refugees and migrants.

18 Aug 16

Ex-Air Force Chief to Run for Bulgarian Presidency

General Rumen Radev, the former commander of the Bulgarian air force, was nominated to run for president by the country's biggest opposition force, the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

17 Aug 16

Bulgaria to Send Terror Suspect to France

Mourad Hamyd, the brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo attacker Cherif Kouachi, who was arrested in Bulgaria in July, will be extradited to France, where he is being investigated for alleged terrorism. 

16 Aug 16

Bulgarian Border Police Chiefs Quit in Migrant Scandal

Two top border police officials have resigned after а suspected people-smuggler won a public tender to transport migrants to accommodation centres inside the country.

16 Aug 16

Bulgarians Outraged at Deportation of Gulen Supporter to Turkey

Bulgaria’s extradition to Turkey of Abdullah Buyuk, a supporter of cleric Fethullah Gulen, is sparking outrage for a perceived capitulation to the increasingly authoritarian Erdogan regime.

11 Aug 16

Bulgaria’s UNESCO Boss Joins AFP's Top Women List

Irina Bokova, director of the UN cultural body, ranks ninth on AFP's list of the world’s most powerful women, joining Germany’s Angela Merkel and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

09 Aug 16

BIRN Investigation Fuels Arms Export Debate in Germany

Following an investigation that showed how Central and Eastern European weapons are flooding Syria's battlefields, the opposition in Germany has again questioned Berlin’s role in the Middle East arms trade.

09 Aug 16

Bulgaria Accuses Paris Attacker's Relative of Terrorism

Mourad Hamyd, brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi - who killed 12 people connected to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year - is to appear in a Bulgarian court suspected of planning to join ISIS.

08 Aug 16

Scorching Bulgaria Battles Threat of Fires

Bulgaria warns that the risk of more fires remains high after around 250 wildfires were extinguished across the country over the past weekend alone.

06 Aug 16

Serbia’s Jeremic Second in Poll for UN Top Job

While Portugal’s Antonio Guterres maintained his lead on Friday in the race to become UN Secretary General, Serbia's Vuk Jeremic came second.

05 Aug 16

EU 'Tracking' Balkan Arms Flow Revealed by BIRN

The EU’s diplomatic service said it was looking into the findings of a BIRN and OCCRP investigation that showed how Central and Eastern European weapons are flooding Syria's battlefields.

04 Aug 16

Croatia's Pusic Quits UN Race Before Friday's Vote

The UN Security Council is set for second straw poll for the next Secretary General, as Croatia's Vesna Pusic quits, reducing the number of Balkan candidates to six.

29 Jul 16

Bulgaria Adopts Controversial Anti-Terror Bill

An overwhelming majority of Bulgarian MPs backed government-proposed anti-terror legislation on Thursday, despite protests by human rights groups and some MPs who fear it will curb civil liberties.


22 Aug 16

Bulgaria Pays the Price for Friendship with Turkey

Bulgaria complied with demands for extraditions of opponents of the Turkish government, hoping to prevent Ankara unleashing a new refugee influx, but Sofia is risking its relationships with Western allies, experts warn. 

03 Aug 16

Hopes Run High For Balkan Nations in Rio

02 Aug 16

Bulgarians at Odds Over Mass Dolphin Deaths


15 Jul 16

Bulgarian Court Blocks Alleged Fraudster's Extradition

A Bulgarian court has blocked the extradition of Nedko Nedev, wanted in the US for market manipulation and insider trading, on the grounds that he has schizophrenia.

21 Jun 16

Bulgaria Seeks Buyers for Nuclear Reactor

Culture and Lifestyle

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