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29 Nov 17

OSCE Claims Some Progress in Transnistria Talks

Moldova and its breakaway region made modest progress in talks held in Vienna – but only on the less contentious issues of educational diplomas and telecommunications.

26 Nov 17

Thousands of Romanians Protest Against Justice Changes

More than 45,000 Romanians protested in Bucharest on Sunday against government plans to introduce legislation that they say will weaken the fight against corruption.

24 Nov 17

Balkan Countries Downplay Worry About Radioactive Cloud

Several Balkan countries say they detected nuclear pollution in their atmosphere in September and October – but have reassured concerned citizens that it is not dangerous. 

23 Nov 17

Romania Protests Continue as Govt Survives Impeachment Vote

Opposition supporters and civil society groups are keeping up the pressure on Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party, despite the government's survival on Thursday of an impeachment vote in parliament.

22 Nov 17

Romanian NGOs Fear Pressure as New Bill Passes Senate

Romanian NGOs are anticipating heightened political pressure after a ruling Social Democrat Party-backed bill that obliges them to declare their donors twice a year passed the Senate. 

21 Nov 17

Romania Graft Watchdog Freezes Ruling Party Leader's Assets

Romania's anti-graft prosecutors have frozen the assets and accounts of ruling Social Democrat Party chief Liviu Dragnea and eight other people currently being investigated for fraud. 

17 Nov 17

Transnistria Orders Mobilization Ahead of Vienna Talks

Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky has alarmed Moldova by ordering a general mobilization, just 10 days before new peace negotiations are due to start in Vienna.

16 Nov 17

Romanian Shepherd Creates Quandary for US Missile Shield

The case of an obstinate Romanian shepherd – who refuses to demolish a sheepfold that keeps triggering the alarms at a US military base – is creating a headache for the Romanian government.

15 Nov 17

Commission Challenges Bulgaria, Romania on Judicial Reform

While Bulgaria and Romania have chosen to welcome the latest European Commission reports on their judicial reforms and moves to combat corruption, the reports contain much criticisms of the results the two countries achieved in 2017. 

15 Nov 17

Moldova To Reopen Talks with Breakaway Transnistria

The authorities from Chișinau and the separatist capital of Tiraspol will resume talks on the intractable conflict in November in Vienna.

15 Nov 17

Romania Expels Serb for 'Spying for Russia'

Romania has expelled a pro-Russian Serbian nationalist, Bratislav Zivkovic, and has banned him for 15 years after counter-intelligence said he had been spying for Russia. 

15 Nov 17

Orthodox Losing Race With Other Christians – Pew Center

New report shows that the Orthodox share of the world’s Christian population has fallen by almost half in the last century.

15 Nov 17

‘Rights Violations Continue’ in Moldova’s Breakaway Transnistria

A Moldovan NGO’s report warns that there is still a negative outlook for human rights in the breakaway region of Transnistria, particularly in the areas of free movement and education.

14 Nov 17

Balkan EU States Move Towards Common European Defence

Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania signed a declaration of intent to join the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation, PESCO defence project, a move towards a common European defence system.

13 Nov 17

Romania Graft Watchdog Probes Ruling Party Chief

Romanian Social Democrat chief Liviu Dragnea was grilled by prosecutors on Monday about suspected fraud involving EU funds when he ran a county council. 


17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

05 Jan 18

Christmas Comes Twice in Divided Moldova

03 Jan 18

Gagauz Resist Moldova’s Embrace of West

26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017


17 Jan 18

Moldova Toasts Wines' Success on Western Markets

Despite an economic embargo in the once crucial Russian market, Moldova's wine producers are selling more wine than ever – by shifting their sales to Western and Central Europe.

10 Nov 17

Romania Bank Chief Warns of High Trade Deficit

Culture and Lifestyle

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