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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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19 Oct 17

#MeToo Campaign Strikes Chord Among Balkan Women

In the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, women from Romania and Albania especially have joined the #metoo social media campaign and are speaking out about sexual harassment in their countries. 

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18 Oct 17

EU Benefits Our Countries, Balkan People Tell Survey

Most Bulgarians, Croatians and Romanians see the European Union as beneficial to their countries, a survey released on Wednesday by the European Parliament said.

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18 Oct 17

Romania Backs EU Military Cooperation Fund

Romania’s Supreme Defence Council decided that the country will participate in the EU’s newly-established military research and cooperation fund, in the hope of reviving its defence industry.

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17 Oct 17

Moldova’s Pro-European Opposition Plans United Campaign

The two main pro-European opposition parties in Moldova announced they will run joint electoral lists in the 2018 polls, after the country introduced a new electoral system which favours the major parties.

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17 Oct 17

Romania Snubs Push to Honour 1848 Uprising

A proposal by Romania's ethnic Hungarians to honour March 15 as the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian uprising against Austria has drawn a cool response from Romanian parliamentarians.  

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16 Oct 17

Moldova MPs Push to Make Romanian Official Tongue

Moldovan MPs are moving to change the constitution to replace the Moldovan language with Romanian, despite opposition from pro-Russian president.

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16 Oct 17

Migrant Surge Complicates Romania’s Schengen Plans

Romania’s new place on the migration route to Western Europe is hindering its plans to join the passport-free Schengen zone – despite support from the European Commission. 

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13 Oct 17

Romania PM Forces Three Ministers to Quit

At the behest of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party has endorsed the resignations of three ministers, allm of whom face allegations of wrongdoing.

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13 Oct 17

Moldova Faces Dilemma After EU Cuts Funds

Moldova risks facing political and economic difficulties, experts say, after the European Union stopped aid to the country, citing a lack of reforms to the judicial system. 

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13 Oct 17

Romania Denies Blocking Brexit Negotiations

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday dismissed claims that Bucharest was blocking the Brexit negotiations over concerns about the large number of Romanians now living in the UK. 

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12 Oct 17

Moves to Change Romanian News Agency Alarm Critics

Media freedom experts in the country say plans to change the operations of Agerpres, giving parliament more control, pose a threat to its independence.

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11 Oct 17

Number of Romanians, Bulgarians Working in UK Soars

New figures show the number of workers from the two Balkan countries in the UK has risen by 80 per cent since 2014.

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11 Oct 17

Putin Vows to Help Moldova Solve Transnistria

Russia's Vladimir Putin told Moldova’s President on Tuesday that Moldova has to align its stances more with Moscow's, if it seeks closer trading links and help in solving the Transnistria dispute.

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11 Oct 17

Romanian PM Mulls Govt Reshuffle

Romania’s Social Democrats are dealing with a fresh round of cabinet tensions after Prime Minister Mihai Tudose revealed that he wants to fire ministers being investigated for graft in what could become a "mini-reshuffle". 

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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