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11 Feb 16

Bulgaria’s Fraying Coalition Faces Disarray

As his key partner party fragments and as some deputies quit the ruling coalition, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov faces a growing crisis.

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09 Feb 16

Fashion Victims: Even in EU, Garment Workers Face Tough Conditions

Women in Romania and Bulgaria endure low pay, long hours and gruelling work to make clothes for luxury Western brands.

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18 Jan 16

Decision Time for Bulgaria on Top UN Job

PM Boyko Borisov must choose who to nominate as Bulgaria’s candidate for the next UN Secretary-General soon or risk losing the chance of securing the position and splitting his ruling coalition.

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14 Jan 16

Regional Strife Threatens to Squeeze Bulgaria

Amid Russia-Turkish tensions, a refugee crisis that threatens European unity and a series of domestic scandals, Bulgaria faces a testing 2016.

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11 Jan 16

The Roma and the Radicals: Bulgaria’s Alleged ISIS Support Base

Accusations that a charismatic imam and his followers have spread ISIS propaganda and assisted jihadists reveal a deeper story about a marginalised community.

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28 Dec 15

Borisov Holds the Reins in Bulgaria

The Prime Minister may face a range of political crises and regional challenges - but with the opposition in disarray, his grip on power at home looks secure.

bulgaria-has-missed-its-chance-at-judicial-reform-12-23-2015
23 Dec 15

Bulgaria Has Missed its Chance at Judicial Reform

Parliament’s ‘amendments’ to important reforms, designed to secure the independence of the courts, have practically eliminated the desired effects.

war-gains-bulgarian-arms-add-fuel-to-middle-east-conflicts-12-16-2015
21 Dec 15

War Gains: Bulgarian Arms Add Fuel to Middle East Conflicts

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US have bought millions of dollars of Bulgarian weaponry, much of it likely destined for the war in Syria, a BIRN investigation reveals.

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15 Dec 15

Love Thy Neighbour: The church and the refugees

Priests in the Balkans are among those helping the thousands reaching Europe's shores — even as some of their colleagues raise fears about the arrival of large numbers of Muslims

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11 Dec 15

Bulgaria Denies ‘Policy’ of Violence To Refugees

Bulgaria’s authorities deny using aggressive practices towards asylum seekers in spite of numerous accusations by human rights groups.

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18 Jun 15

A UN Chief From Eastern Europe at Last?

The countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe should be careful not to squander an historic opportunity for the region in 2016.

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13 Jan 15

Bulgaria 2015: Make or Break for Borisov

Prime Minister faces a testing year, dealing with the fallout of last year’s bank crisis, energy problems and a fractious coalition.

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09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.

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23 Dec 14

Bulgaria: Fragile Stability Restored

Return of Boiko Borisov brought some sense of political stability back to the country – but the new government was undermined by a bank crisis and growing tension between East and West

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08 Dec 14

Entrepreneurs Strive to Make Balkans Buzz With Tech Startups

Can a new generation of technology pioneers realise their dreams of Silicon Valley-style success?