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10 Nov 17

Moldovans Prefer EU to Russian Group, Survey Says

New survey suggests that despite growing confidence among pro-Russian forces in Moldova, more people want to join the EU than the Kremlin-backed trading association.

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10 Nov 17

Deathbed Drama Surrounds Romania's Last King

Romania’s royal family has been shaken by fresh ructions after the fading 96-year-old monarch's disinherited grandson was barred from seeing him and accused of assaulting staff.

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09 Nov 17

Moldova Needs Arms to Deter Russia, Minister Says

Moldova needs to beef up its neglected army in order to be able to defend the country against possible Russian aggression, the country’s new Defence Minister said. 

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08 Nov 17

Romania to Adopt Fiscal Changes Despite Opposition

Romania’s Social Democratic Party-led cabinet is set to pass a controversial decree on fiscal changes Wednesday that critics say could result in wages slumping and economic instability. 

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07 Nov 17

Weinstein Hired Same Firm That Spied on Romania’s Kovesi

American producer Harvey Weinstein hired the same Israeli intelligence company that spied on Romania’s anti-graft chief prosecutor to bury allegations of sexual harassment in 2016, the New Yorker reports.

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05 Nov 17

Romanians Rally Against Controversial Justice Bill

Thousands of Romanians protested in several cities across the country against a controversial justice bill that, according to critics, could curb prosecutors’ independence.

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03 Nov 17

Romania Social Democrats Hired US Lobby Firm

Romania’s ruling Social Democrat Party paid a public affairs firm in Washington to facilitate meetings between party chief Liviu Dragnea and top US officials, according to a disclosure filing published by the US Justice Department. 

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03 Nov 17

Romanian Politicians Accuse Ambassadors of Interference

Senior politicians in Romania have accused the Dutch and US ambassadors of interfering in Romania's internal affairs.

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02 Nov 17

Romania Pledges to Investigate Vanished Forest

Romania’s Environment Ministry said on Wednesday that it will investigate how 50 hectares of forest vanished from a national park in the Carpathians, presumably as a result of illegal logging. 

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31 Oct 17

Moldova Court Rules Official Language is Romanian

The Constitutional Court backed a proposed constitutional amendment from pro-European MPs saying that the country’s official language should be called Romanian rather than Moldovan.

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30 Oct 17

Romanian Anti-Graft Party Chooses New Leader

Romania’s anti-corruption party Save Romania Union, the third political force in the country, has chosen former spokesman as its new leader on Saturday amid internal turmoil, months after its founder left the faction. 

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27 Oct 17

Russian Patriarch Visits NATO Member Romania

Russia’s Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is making a three-day visit to Romania despite the government’s anti-Russian political stance.

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25 Oct 17

Balkan States’ Passports Rank as Average in Global Survey

An online index that ranks states' passports based on how many countries people can enter with them has placed most Balkan states somewhere in the middle - with the exception of Kosovo.

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23 Oct 17

Scavenging Bear Injures Two in Romanian Town

A man and a 14-year-old girl were hospitalised after a scavenging bear injured them in a town in Transylvania, amid reports of a growing number of bear attacks in Romania. 

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21 Oct 17

Romanians March in Support of Civil Partnership

Dozens of Romanians demonstrated on Saturday in Bucharest to demand that the government legalize civil partnership, which might benefit as many as 800,000 people, organizers say.

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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

Business

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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

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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