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30 Aug 17

Great Bulgarian Summit to Take Place in Ukraine

Bulgarians wish to create "a regional Mecca" out of the alleged resting place of the founder of the Bulgarian nation, Khan Kubrat, in Ukraine’s central Poltava region.

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29 Aug 17

Bulgaria Acts to Take Over Troubled Arms Business

Bulgaria’s Economy Ministry has taken action to gain control over the Dunarit arms factory, which risks losing its licence to trade over various court battles.

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23 Aug 17

Romania, Bulgaria Await French President’s Visit

While the French President is expected to use his Eastern European trip to raise the issue of cheap migrant labour, Romania and Bulgaria hope to use the French leader’s visit to push their own agendas.

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18 Aug 17

Balkan Leaders Express Sympathy Over Barcelona Attack

Balkan leaders joined those of other countries in condemning the terrorist attacks in Spain on Thursday that left at least 14 people dead and expressing their condolences to the victims.

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17 Aug 17

Modern Slavery Risk Highlighted in Bulgaria, Romania

A newly published index names Romania and Bulgaria as two of the five EU countries where the risk of modern slavery is highest – alongside Greece, Italy and Cyprus.

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16 Aug 17

Vassilev Pushes for US Sanctions Against Bulgaria

Exiled Bulgarian ex-banker Tsvetan Vassilev is seeking US sanctions against Bulgaria under the Global Magnitsky Act – while his family complains of increased pressure from the authorities. 

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16 Aug 17

Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says

Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. 

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15 Aug 17

Bulgarian Deputy PM’s Disco Raids Spark Backlash

Bulgaria’s deputy premier Valeri Simeonov, who led raids on nightclubs in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach in which a popular DJ was arrested, has caused controversy with his ‘war on noise’.

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11 Aug 17

Frozen Turkish Funding Leaves Bulgarian Imams Without Pay

Bulgaria’s around 600 imams have been left without money for salaries since the country allegedly cancelled a funding agreement for Islamic education with Turkey, Bulgarian Grand Mufti’s Office says.

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03 Aug 17

Refugee Children Caught in Bulgarian Limbo

While the number of refugees in Bulgaria has fallen significantly, some refugee children still have little or no access to adequate care.

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01 Aug 17

Macedonia, Bulgaria Sign Landmark Friendship Treaty

Neighbours Macedonia and Bulgarian on Tuesday signed a landmark friendship treaty that aims to turn their long-ambiguous relationship into a close, EU-oriented partnership.

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31 Jul 17

Macedonia, Bulgaria Set to Sign Historic Friendship Treaty

Leaders of Macedonia and Bulgaria on Tuesday are to sign a historic friendship treaty that aims to turn their long ambiguous relationship into a close, EU-oriented friendship.

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28 Jul 17

Romania Joins Campaign Against 'Double Standards' in Food

Romania is joining a number of other Eastern European states who accuse big food retailers of using an EU loophole to sell inferior-quality products to their countries.

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21 Jul 17

UEFA Fines Croatia's Hajduk for 'Kill Serb' Chants

UEFA has fined and penalised the Croatian football club Hajduk after its fans chanted anti-Serbian slogans at a match against Levski of Bulgaria.

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20 Jul 17

Bulgaria to Try Exiled Tycoon Over Bank Collapse

Bulgaria’s special prosecution has pressed charges for the plunder of the Corporate Commercial Bank in 2014, listing suggestions about why the main defendant – the bank’s owner, Tsvetan Vasilev – is now in exile in Serbia.

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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