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europe-s-royals-gather-for-bulgarian-tsar-s-80th-06-15-2017
16 Jun 17

Europe’s Royals Gather for Bulgarian Tsar’s 80th

Members of the royal families of the Balkans and of Spain have descended on Sofia to celebrate the 80th birthday of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Bulgaria’s last monarch and a former prime minister. 

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017
16 Jun 17

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.

russian-meddling-in-balkans-a-matter-of-supply-and-demand--06-12-2017
12 Jun 17

Russian Meddling in Balkans ‘a Matter of Supply and Demand’

The findings of a media investigation detailing the extent of Russian involvement in Macedonia’s political crisis – direct and via Belgrade and Sofia - have been supported by regional analysts but downplayed by local politicians.

bulgaria-strives-to-rebuild-its-weak-underfunded-defence-06-06-2017
07 Jun 17

Bulgaria Strives to Rebuild Its Weak, Underfunded Defence

Under pressure from NATO, Bulgaria’s leaders have agreed to restore the country’s defence capacities as fast as possible, but their plans – and how to fund them – have yet to be worked out. 

inside-guide-to-the-balkans-secret-wonders-06-06-2017
06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

the-coyote-s-trail-a-machine-gun-s-path-from-serbia-to-syria-05-08-2017
09 May 17

The Coyote’s Trail – A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria

A batch of heavy machine guns travelled from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels, via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi training camp, BIRN and OCCRP can reveal.

painting-monuments-stays-in-vogue-in-bulgaria-05-07-2017
08 May 17

Painting Monuments Stays in Vogue in Bulgaria

Whether it’s vandalism or art, Bulgarians are still daubing monuments in bright paint to strike political points and ‘reclaim’ the public space.

balkan-rulers-who-just-won-t-say-goodbye-05-07-2017-1
08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

Kings may have departed from the Balkan stage but many of the region’s current leaders weild power in monarchical style - clinging to office for decades. Here is the selection of ten politicans who think it is never the right time to bow out.

bulgarian-nationalists-march-into-new-government-05-02-2017
03 May 17

Bulgarian Nationalists March into New Government

Bulgaria’s far-right parties, grouped together under the United Patriots banner, are about to become part of the new government in an unprecedented development on the country’s increasingly turbulent political scene. 

writer-highlights-painful-legacy-of-bulgaria-s-forgotten-border-04-30-2017
02 May 17

Writer Highlights Painful Legacy of Bulgaria’s Forgotten Border

Kapka Kassabova - whose book on the borderland linking Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece has won high praise - says history is doomed to repeat itself if we forget the lessons of the past. 

bulgarian-postman-humbled-by-film-s-global-success-04-23-2017
24 Apr 17

Bulgarian Postman Humbled by Film’s Global Success

Tonislav Hristov’s film, ‘The Good Postman,’ about one man’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees in his dying Bulgarian village, will open the One World Documentary Film Fest in Brussels on Monday.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

bulgaria-stands-to-gain-from-eu-gazprom-deal-04-19-2017
19 Apr 17

Bulgaria Stands to Gain from EU-Gazprom Deal

Deal easing restrictions on gas sales between EU member states and offering better prices could be a big win for Bulgaria - though some fear the country will not make the most of the changes.

balkan-students-join-battle-to-save-soros-university--04-16-2017
18 Apr 17

Balkan Students Join Battle to Save ‘Soros University’

As the Hungarian government tightens the noose around the CEU, current or former CEU students from Balkan countries have joined the international outcry.