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27 Nov 17

Bulgarian Bishops Agree to Lobby for Macedonian Church

Following the Macedonian Orthodox Church’s plea for help in escaping its isolation, the Bulgarian Church has set up a committee to launch talks with the rest of the Orthodox world.

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27 Nov 17

Sofia Claims Kosovo’s Gorani as ‘Bulgarian Minority’

Encouraged by Albania’s recent recognition of a Bulgarian minority, Bulgaria hopes for a similar result in Kosovo – although the Gorani community is claimed also by Serbia and Macedonia.

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24 Nov 17

Balkan Countries Downplay Worry About Radioactive Cloud

Several Balkan countries say they detected nuclear pollution in their atmosphere in September and October – but have reassured concerned citizens that it is not dangerous. 

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20 Nov 17

Macedonia's Lonely Church Seeks Bulgarian 'Parent'

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church, BPC, faces a dilemma over whether to accept an unusual appeal from the unrecognised Macedonian Orthodox Church to assume parental authority over it.

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17 Nov 17

Bulgaria's Speaker Quits Over Row With Opposition

Bulgarian MPs have appointed Tsveta Karayancheva from the leading GERB party to replace Dimitar Glavchev as speaker, after the latter resigned on Friday over a dispute with the main opposition party.

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16 Nov 17

EU Letter Highlights Failings in Bulgaria’s Asylum Policy

Alleged letter to Bulgarian authorities, leaked to BIRN, expresses European Commission’s concerns about the Balkan country’s treatment of refugees, Afghan nationals in particular.

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15 Nov 17

Commission Challenges Bulgaria, Romania on Judicial Reform

While Bulgaria and Romania have chosen to welcome the latest European Commission reports on their judicial reforms and moves to combat corruption, the reports contain much criticisms of the results the two countries achieved in 2017. 

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15 Nov 17

Orthodox Losing Race With Other Christians – Pew Center

New report shows that the Orthodox share of the world’s Christian population has fallen by almost half in the last century.

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14 Nov 17

Balkan EU States Move Towards Common European Defence

Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania signed a declaration of intent to join the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation, PESCO defence project, a move towards a common European defence system.

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10 Nov 17

Bulgaria Marks 28 Years Since Fall of Communism

On November 10, Bulgaria marks the anniversary of the ousting of communist dictator Todor Zhivkov, which led to the fall of the one-party regime and Bulgaria’s transition to democracy. 

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06 Nov 17

Hunt for Missing UK Child Moves to Bulgaria

One of the longest running and most expensive police hunts in British history, for lost child Madeleine McCann, has reportedly moved to Bulgaria.

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03 Nov 17

Sofia Rejects Russia's Claims About Saving Bulgarian Jews

Bulgaria’s foreign ministry has accused a Kremlin spokeswoman of distorting history, after she claimed that the Soviet Red Army saved thousands of Bulgarian Jews in World War II. 

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31 Oct 17

Bulgaria Named EU’s Largest Pumpkin Producer on Halloween

The EU’s statistical agency said that the union’s largest grower of pumpkins and squash is Bulgaria, where Halloween is growing in popularity among younger people despite disapproval from religious traditionalists.

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31 Oct 17

Monuments to Bulgarian Hero Sprout Around Globe

A new statue of the 19th century Bulgarian freedom fighter Vasil Levski has just been unveiled in Canada, as the fashion for putting up statues to him shows no sign of abating.

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30 Oct 17

Bulgaria Minister Resigns in Procurement Scandal

Health Minister Nikolay Petrov resigned on Monday, following a TV report which revealed that while head of a hospital, he granted public procurements to a firm owned by his daughter's partner. 

Premium

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08 Dec 17

Threats to Journalists Expose Bulgarian Media’s Growing Ills

A series of attacks on – and threats to – independent-minded reporters highlights the perils facing investigative journalists in today’s Bulgaria. 

02 Nov 17

Bulgarians Get Help to Read the Blues Away

Business

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01 Nov 17

Balkan States Score Well in Doing Business Ranking

World Bank's latest global business ranking holds cheering news for some Western Balkan countries, such as Macedonia and Kosovo, but not for Bosnia, Croatia and Albania, which did not make it into the top 50.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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21 Nov 17

Ruined Bulgarian Synagogue Awaits Belated Return to Glory

For decades, the once sumptuous synagogue in Vidin has crumbled into a roofless ruin, with one restoration project failing after another – so will the latest plan make any difference?