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11 Oct 17

Bulgarian Journalists to Protest State Pressure

Journalists are staging protests in defense of their right to work freely after days of tensions between ruling parties' politicians and the media. 

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09 Oct 17

NATO Inaugurates New Black Sea Force in Romania

NATO on Monday inaugurated a new multi-national brigade-sized force, headquartered in Romania and designed primarily to counter Russia's increased threat to Southeast Europe following its intervention in Ukraine. 

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06 Oct 17

Bulgaria Politicians' Alleged Threats to Journalist Cause Outrage

Two politicians from Bulgaria’s ruling parties who issued thinly veiled threats to a TV host on air have drawn a storm of criticism from journalists and media professionals in the country.

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05 Oct 17

Bulgaria Govt, Opposition Clash over Fighter Jets

The proposed purchase of new fighter jets for Bulgaria’s armed forces has sparked fierce debate among MPs, with members of the ruling party accusing President Rumen Radev of corruption.

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02 Oct 17

Bulgaria Pushes EU Over Food 'Double Standards'

Bulgaria's Ombudsman and NGOs have petitioned the European Parliament, demanding urgent against companies that sell lower quality products under the same labels in different parts of Europe. 

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29 Sep 17

Balkan States Rank Poorly in Governance Index

New index from Germany’s Bertelsmann Stiftung lumps Balkan states near the bottom of 41 countries in terms of good governance.

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22 Sep 17

Book Naming Bulgarian Oligarchs' 'Servants' Puzzles MEPs

A mysterious free book, attacking various Bulgarian judges, journalists and politicians as tools of oligarchs – and sent to European Parliamentarians – appears to be linked to a controversial businessman.

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21 Sep 17

Serbian Glass Factory Declared Bankrupt

Serbian Glass Factory in Paracin, linked to the exiled Bulgarian tycoon Tsvetan Vassilev - whose extradition is sought by the Bulgarian authorities – was declared bankrupt on Wednesday.

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20 Sep 17

Scientists Reveal Black Sea’s Underwater Treasures

А team of maritime scientists has conducted a three-year expedition to investigate nearly 2,500 years of seafaring in the Black Sea, uncovering shipwrecks from the Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

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18 Sep 17

Russian Prosecutor's Bulgarian Visit Sparks Controversy

News that Russia’s Prosecutor General, Yury Chayka, is visiting his Bulgarian colleague, Sotir Tsatsarov, this week, has caused controversy in Sofia.

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15 Sep 17

Germany Probes BIRN’s US Weapons Transfer Revelations

A BIRN investigation has sparked an official probe into whether the Pentagon broke the law by sending weapons to Syrian rebels through its German airbases.

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13 Sep 17

Juncker Urges EU to Integrate Balkan States

European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker urged the European Parliament on Wednesday to put Western Balkan integration higher on the agenda.

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13 Sep 17

Bulgaria’s Arms Exports Reach Record High in 2016

The lion’s share of the Bulgarian arms that were exported last year went to Middle East, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia leading the destination list with deals for over 200 million euros.

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04 Sep 17

Vassilev Condemns Bulgaria Move to Buy Arms Producer

The exiled ex-banker Tsvetan Vassilev has called the Bulgarian economy ministry’s attempts to buy up the arms producer Dunarit an act of ‘robbery’.

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01 Sep 17

Bulgaria’s Highest Peak Keeps ‘Arabic’ Name For Now

The nationalist campaign to change the 'Arabic-sounding' name of the highest peak in Bulgaria, and rename it after a Christian saint, has suffered another setback.

Premium

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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