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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.

03 Jan 18

‘Architect’ of EU-Turkey Deal Looks to Bulgaria

Gerald Knaus, the man who came up with the plan to stem the migrant influx through the Aegean, tells BIRN that Bulgaria could use its EU presidency to make the refugee deal with Turkey work.

28 Aug 17

Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

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.

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. 

06 Feb 17

Trump Ban Has ‘Killed’ Refugees' Hopes, Activist Says

Syrian-born activist Shadi Martini - who advocates for Syrian war victims - says Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim’ ban is not only ‘killing’ the hopes of refugees but undermining America's own security.

17 Jan 17

Balkan States ‘Could Emulate Slovenian Law Curbing Refugees’

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, warns that Slovenia’s proposed new Aliens Act will likely cause an unwelcome 'domino effect' along the Balkan refugee route.

27 Dec 16

Iraqi Star Writer Recalls Balkan Refugee Ordeal

Award-winning writer Hassan Blasim has personal experience of the horrors of life on the Balkan refugee route, but - on a trip back to Sofia - he tells BIRN that he has never lost hope. 

06 Oct 16

EU’s Crisis Will Slow Balkan Accession, Expert Says

Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the EU is likely to slow accession talks with the Balkan countries in the context of ‘huge resistance’ to enlargement.

11 Jul 11

EU Commissioner: Roma Exclusion ‘Getting Worse’

Living conditions for Europe’s Roma are worsening and all European states, including western ones, are responsible for changing that, says László Andor, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

06 Jul 10

Bulgaria Can Be the 'Estonia of the Balkans'

Bulgaria must show it can do things differently from Greece - as Estonia has done in the Baltics - by cutting spending sharply, Georgi Angelov, a senior economist from Sofia’s Open Society Institute says.

01 Apr 10

Bulgaria Could Learn From Spain's War on Corruption

Javier Martinez Lazaro, a criminal judge in Spain’s National Court and Pilar Llop, a senior judge in Spain, say a Spanish-style special anti-corruption prosecutor’s office could help the Bulgarian judiciary.