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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.

22 Dec 17

Bulgarians Save Lion Cubs From Zoo 'Death Sentence'

Protesters have succeeded in persuading the Bulgarian authorities to send two recently rescued baby lion cubs to a rescue centre abroad, instead of to life behind bars in a Bulgarian zoo.

22 Dec 17

UN Jerusalem Vote Reveals Split in Balkan States

Balkan countries voted in different ways on the UN resolution that criticised the US decision to recognise Jerusalam as Israel's capital, reflecting conflicts between the US and EU standpoints on this issue. 

21 Dec 17

Bulgarian MPs Retract Controversial Medical Funding Freeze

The Bulgarian parliament made a U-turn on its own decision to halt public funding for innovative treatments for cancer and other rare diseases after it sparked public outrage.

21 Dec 17

Bulgarians Make Light of EU Presidency Campaign

The Bulgarian government's PR campaign ahead of its forthcoming first Presidency of the EU in January has inspired a wave of satire on social networks.

19 Dec 17

US Celebs Join Call to Save Bulgarian Mountain

Actor and musician Jared Leto and Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation have joined Bulgarian environmental activists on Twitter, calling for Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park to be saved from logging and construction.

15 Dec 17

Balkan Arms Exports ‘Diverted to ISIS’: Report

Balkan governments need to ask the US and Saudi Arabia more questions following revelations that their arms deliveries are routinely diverted to Syria and into the hands of ISIS, a report says.

15 Dec 17

Bulgarian Medical Treatment Funding Freeze Sparks Outrage

Patients’ organisations and political parties have vowed to take the Bulgarian state to court for halting public funding for innovative treatments for diseases like cancer, after the decision was backed by MPs.

12 Dec 17

Bulgarian State Freezes Assets of Critical Publisher

Ivo Prokopiev, publisher of the Economedia group, has accused the Bulgarian state of attacking independent media after his private and business assets were frozen by a state commission.

12 Dec 17

False Reports of EU Bans Inflame Bulgarians

Ahead of its first EU presidency in January 2018, Bulgaria remains vulnerable to false news stories about alleged European restrictions on its beloved foods and traditional tipples.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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


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

23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018