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22 Jan 18

Bulgarian Rightists Accuse Greeks of 'Usurping' Macedonia's Name

Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov’s party rejects Greek nationalists' claim to exclusive use of the word 'Macedonia' – adding that Bulgaria has an equal right to it.

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22 Jan 18

Muiznieks Pushes Bulgaria to Ratify Domestic Abuse Convention

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner has called on Bulgaria's legislators to ratify the convention on gender-related violence, calling the arguments against it fallacious. 

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22 Jan 18

Bulgarian TV Star Hunts for Would-be Politicians

Popular Bulgarian TV host Slavi Trifonov is about to start interviewing thousands of would- be politicians – who he says will be very different from the kind of people who have run Bulgaria lately.

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18 Jan 18

Kosovo Leads World in Cheering for Trump, Poll Shows

While support for US leadership has slumped in most parts of the world, the latest Gallup poll shows that Kosovars and Albanians remain America's most steadfast fans.

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18 Jan 18

Bulgaria MPs Approve Friendship Treaty With Macedonia

Bulgaria's parliament voted in favour of the ratification of a landmark friendship treaty with neighbouring Macedonia on Thursday.

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16 Jan 18

Freedom House Report Notes Serbia's Downward Trend

A new report from the US rights watchdog says lack of media freedom, corruption, and weak institutions remain issues throughout the Balkans – but singles out Serbia's growing authoritarianism as a matter of concern.

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15 Jan 18

Macedonia Approves Landmark Friendship Treaty with Bulgaria

After several delays, Macedonia’s parliament on Monday approved a historic friendship agreement with neighbouring Bulgaria.

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15 Jan 18

Religion Remains Powerful in Balkans, Survey Shows

People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests.

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12 Jan 18

In Pictures: Protests Mark the Opening of Bulgaria’s EU Presidency

As Bulgarian and European officials were making speeches at the opening ceremony for Bulgaria’s first EU Presidency, thousands of people took to the streets to protest.

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11 Jan 18

US Democrats Accuse Russia of 'Targeting' Balkans

New Congressional report claims Russia is aggressively targeting countries in Central and Eastern Europe that want to join the EU and NATO – and urges the US to re-engage with the region.

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08 Jan 18

Businessman Shot Dead in Bulgarian Capital

Bulgarian police are probing the murder of Petar Hristov, owner of one of the country’s biggest dairy producers, who was shot dead in Sofia on Monday morning.

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08 Jan 18

In Pictures: Historic Bulgarian Church Reopens in Istanbul

After seven years of restoration, a 120-year-old Bulgarian church in Istanbul, overlooking the Golden Horn, has reopened in the presence of Turkish and Bulgarian leaders. 

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04 Jan 18

Thousands in Bulgaria Protest Against Mountain Construction Plans

Thousands of people are protesting across Bulgaria against recent government decision to allow ski resort expansion at the UNESCO-designated Pirin National Park.

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04 Jan 18

Convention on Gender Violence Draws Backlash in Bulgaria

Moves to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe are encountering strong opposition both from parties in the Bulgarian government and the opposition.

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25 Dec 17

Dead Bulgarian’s Prophecies Intrigue UK Media

In a slow news season, media interest has homed in again on the late Bulgarian mystic Baba Vanga’s predictions for 2018.

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19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Business

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16 Jan 18

UK Holiday Bargain-Hunters Urged to Try Bulgaria

Survey pronounces Bulgarian Black Sea resort the best-value vacation destination in Europe.

15 Jan 18

Bulgaria’s Move to Join the Euro Welcomed

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

New Year’s Eve was celebrated in true Balkan style across the region, with cities from Zagreb to Tirana putting on extravagant firework displays and open-air events, which saw regional and international stars performing to the swathes of jubilant crowds that came out to mark the beginning of 2018.

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018