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20 Jul 17

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

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19 Jul 17

Bulgarian MPs Back Limiting Foreign Funds for Magistrates

Bulgaria's parliament has approved on a first reading changes that would ban foreign funding for magistrates - although ministers have insisted that funds from the EU must be exempted.

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18 Jul 17

Bulgarian MEP Accused of Hate Speech Against Roma

An online petition has called for the European Parliament to sanction Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki for stirring up anti-Roma hatred. 

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17 Jul 17

Funds Raised to Rebury Refugees Killed in Bulgaria

An online campaign seeks to raise enough money to bring home the bodies of Afghan migrants who died in a car crash on a Bulgarian highway on June 4.

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13 Jul 17

Bulgarian, Croatian Fans Clash Before Europa Qualifier

Ugly incidents have marred the run-up to Thursday's Europa League qualifier in Split, Croatia, between fans of Bulgarian team Levski and Croatia's Hajduk.

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08 Jul 17

Pressure Rises on Journalists in the Balkans

Weakening EU and US influence in the Balkans and increased Russian influence, as well as growing political and economic pressures on journalists, have created a harsher environment for Balkan media, BIRN’s biennial meeting heard.

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07 Jul 17

Bulgarian Judges Contest Proposed Foreign Funding Curb

Judges said that legal changes proposed by Bulgaria’s ruling parties, which would limit access to foreign funding for judges’ unions, represent an attack on their independence.

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06 Jul 17

Trump Attends Initiative Designed to 'Keep Russia at Bay'

US President Donald Trump is attending a meeting of the 'Three Seas Initiative', led by Poland and Croatia, which is seen as designed to 'keep Russia at bay'.

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03 Jul 17

Bulgarian ‘Migrant Hunter’ Held After Anti-Roma Rally

A massive anti-Roma protest on Sunday ended in three people being detained for hooliganism, including the notorious self-styled illegal migrant hunter, Petar Nizamov.

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23 Jun 17

Macron to Visit Romania After Vowing to Tackle Cheap Labour

President Macron’s harsh line on Eastern Europeans who work in the West - but pay less in social contributions – will impact on the Balkans, as well as on his primary target, Poland.

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20 Jun 17

Russian President Putin to Visit Bulgaria in 2018

Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation from President Rumen Radev to visit Bulgaria in 2018 to mark the 140th anniversary of the end of the Russo-Turkish war.

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20 Jun 17

Bulgarian Socialists Closer to Reclaiming Ruined ‘UFO’

The Bulgarian Socialist Party, successor to the former ruling Communist Party, is seeking to regain control of the huge, bizarre-looking monument to Socialism at Mount Buzludzha, which has been abandoned to decay for over three decades.

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20 Jun 17

Macedonia PM Aims to Heal Breach With Bulgaria

Macedonia's Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, on Tuesday heads to Bulgaria on a mission to warm up strained relations - and seek Bulgaria's aid in Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic intregration bids.

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19 Jun 17

Poles, Romanians Fervently pro-Western, Survey Shows

An opinion survey of seven countries conducted by the NGO Globsec highlights the staunchly pro-EU and pro-NATO views of Romanians and Poles compared to some other regional states.

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19 Jun 17

Bulgaria’s Gabriel Awaits Grilling Over Digital Portfolio

Media freedom and fake news are among the key topics at Tuesday’s hearing of Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria’s candidate for EU Digital Economy and Society Commissioner before the European Parliament.

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