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17 Mar 15

Bulgaria Urged Not to Delay Over Reforms

Addressing a conference on Bulgaria's future, the European Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources said Sofia needs to implement major reforms to take full advantage of EU funding opportunities.

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10 Mar 15

EU Justice Scoreboard Gives Balkans Low Marks

The latest EU Justice Scoreboard shows the nations of the Balkans have little confidence in the  independence of their judicial systems - though some of them are well stocked with judges.

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25 Feb 15

Amnesty Gives Balkans Mixed Verdict on Rights

Balkan countries still struggled to address a range of human rights concerns in 2014, a new report by Amnesty International says.

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12 Feb 15

Macedonia's Press Freedom Ranked Worst in Balkans

The latest report on media freedom worldwide by Reporters Without Borders has ranked Macedonia the worst performer in the Balkans - and Romania the best.

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30 Jan 15

Ex-President of Bulgaria, Zhelev, Dies

Bulgaria’s first democratically elected President after the fall of the Communist regime died at the age of 79 on Friday.

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15 Jan 15

Kerry Urges Bulgarian Resistance to Russia

The US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bulgaria Wednesday on a mission to urge Sofia to rely less on Russian energy and to tackle corruption.

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07 Jan 15

Bulgaria Forced to Take Back Refugees

Sofia authorities have reportedly agreed to take back over 3,000 asylum seekers who went on to other countries in Europe.

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01 Jan 15

More than 250,000 Romanians, Bulgarians in UK

New data draw contrasting reactions from left and right in immigration-obsessed Britain.

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16 Dec 14

Illicit Outflows Rob Balkan Economies of $100bn

A study by Global Financial Integrity, GIF, says illicit money outflows robbed Balkan countries of the equivalent of more than 100 billion dollars during the last decade.

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03 Dec 14

Kosovo, Albania ‘Most Corrupt Countries in Region’

According to the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, Kosovo and Albania continue to be the most corrupt countries in South-East Europe.

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27 Nov 14

Bulgaria Security Chief Criticised After Islamists’ Arrest

The minority partner in the Bulgarian coalition government asked for the resignation of the head of the National Security Agency after he failed to answer questions about a possible Islamist threat.

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18 Nov 14

Calls Grow for Bulgaria to Make Voting Compulsory

A senior figure in Bulgaria's ruling centre-right GERB party has reiterated calls for the country to make voting mandatory as early as next year.

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12 Nov 14

Poisoned Dissident Markov Gets Statue in Sofia

Bulgarian President leads tributes to Georgi Markov, who was killed in London in 1978, as his statue goes up in Sofia.

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04 Nov 14

Borisov Set to Return as Bulgaria’s PM

Former Prime Minister looks likely to resume his old job if his GERB party can find enough coalition allies.

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22 Oct 14

Romania, Bulgaria Mull Two New Danube Bridges

The two neighbouring countries plan to start work on feasibility studies for two new bridges over the Danube.

Business

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11 Mar 15

Balkan Economies Falling Behind, IMF Warns

The Western Balkan are lagging behind other former Communist transitional countries and need to complete the transformation process that began two decades ago, an IMF report says.  

Culture and Lifestyle

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29 Jan 15

Winter Thrills in the Balkans’ Best Mountain Resorts

Snowy fun on offer in the region’s three best resorts: Kopaonik, Jahorina and Bansko.