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05 Jan 17

Bulgarians Listen to Classics Thanks to Copyright War

A bitter dispute over fees with the Bulgarian copyright society has forced the national radio to play only music produced before 1945 – and some listeners are quite happy about it.

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30 Dec 16

Bulgaria 2016: Pile of Troubles Brings Borissov Down

Global challenges and political turmoil at home proved too much for Boyko Borissov’s wobbly coalition - and the year ended on a note of uncertainty. 

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28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

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27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region

These days, Christmas markets with wooden stalls selling the usual fare of hot drinks, gifts, cards, clothes and souvenirs can be found across the region.

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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. 

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26 Dec 16

Disputes Became Gift for Satirists in Bulgaria in 2016

Outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov did not betray his image as ‘man of the people’ in 2016, ensuring that many of his catchphrases would remain in Bulgaria’s political jargon long after his reign. 

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05 Dec 16

Anti-Communist Law Opens Old Wounds in Bulgaria

Legal amendments banning the public display of communist symbols have angered communists across Europe and reawakened old disputes at home. 

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28 Nov 16

Job-Seeking Romanians End as “Slaves’ in West

Large numbers of Romanians seeking work in the rich western half of the EU find themselves as the mercy of unscrupulous traffickers.

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17 Nov 16

Bulgaria Has Not Become a new East-West Battleground

The election of a ‘pro-Russian’ president may have piqued the Western media but Rumen Radev’s victory will not change the fundamentals of Bulgaria’s external allegiances.

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16 Nov 16

Bulgaria’s Pilot-Turned-President Faces Turbulence Ahead

Elected president because of his lack of involvement in Bulgaria’s murky politics, former air force chief Rumen Radev will quickly have to learn to navigate the country through turbulent times.

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15 Nov 16

Bulgaria, Moldova Complete Putin’s Lucky Week

Russia’s leader can only be satisfied that Donald Trump’s seismic victory in the US has been followed by the victories of pro-Moscow candidates closer to home.

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11 Nov 16

Turkish Deportees’ Families Want Justice From Bulgaria

While the Sofia authorities insist that seven men deported to Turkey in October never sought asylum in Bulgaria, their families claim the opposite and vow to seek justice in Strasbourg. 

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09 Nov 16

Trump Triumph Celebrated and Mourned in Balkans

While many Serbs, Macedonians and Montenegrins hailed the victory of Donald Trump, many Albanians and Bosniaks are lamenting the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

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09 Nov 16

Don’t Expect Balkan U-Turns From Trump Presidency

Serbs may be rejoicing over the Republican candidate’s win, but substantial changes in US relations with the region are unlikely.

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03 Nov 16

Clinton Set to Harvest Most Balkan Diaspora Votes

While most Serbian Americans champion Donald Trump, most Albanians, Bosniaks, Bulgarians and Montenegrins lean towards his rival, Hillary Clinton.