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05 Jan 18

Christmas Comes Twice in Divided Moldova

Even the celebrations of Christmas and New Year are a matter of siding with the ‘East’ or the ‘West’ in this former Soviet republic.

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03 Jan 18

Gagauz Resist Moldova’s Embrace of West

Turkey and Russia are competing influences in Moldova’s only autonomous region, where most locals eye Moldova’s courtship of the EU with suspicion.

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27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

Across the region, New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with public concerts and fireworks and more.

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25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

As the Balkans readies for a new year, we bring you a list of ‘Balkan heroes’ – men and women who acted selflessly in tough times, or when no one else was brave enough to do so.

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30 Nov 17

Romanian Protesters Vow to Overcome Net Saboteurs

Activists opposed to the government’s planned justice laws have vowed to continue protesting – despite what they believe was an organized campaign to block their Facebook accounts. 

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27 Nov 17

Hungary’s Orban Woos Romania’s Restive Hungarians

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has gone all out to win the support of the discontented ethnic Hungarians of Romania - whose votes could help it retain power in next year’s elections.

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24 Nov 17

Moldovan History Film Angers Champions of Romanian Ties

A new movie about Moldova’s history, produced under Socialists auspices, has angered pro-EU politicians and historians by playing down links to Romania and, they say, taking Russia’s line.

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17 Nov 17

Romania’s Dacian Wolf Sends Wrong Message, Experts Warn

The choice of a Dacian wolf as Romania’s logo for the presidency of the European Council in 2019 has caused controversy over whether it might send a confusing nationalistic message about the country. 

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10 Nov 17

Anti-Corruption Protests Reveal Romania's Divisions

The protests in Romania against government policies have exposed a divide between the middle-class activists who resent corruption and a poorer class that still has faith in the old political class.

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13 Oct 17

Ancient Croat Community Keep Traditions Alive in Romania

The Croat President’s recent visit to Carasova in Romania put the spotlight back on a tiny, ancient community whose exact origins are lost in the mists of time.

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03 Oct 17

Iraq’s Migrating Kurds Take Romanian Path to Europe

As other routes to the West close up, more and more Kurdish migrants are crossing the Black Sea from Turkey and then crossing Romania towards Western Europe.

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20 Sep 17

Refugee Experts Downplay Romania’s Migrant ‘Crisis’

Despite reports of a new migration route opening up on the Black Sea, Romanian authorities and international organizations say scare stories have no basis in reality.

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01 Sep 17

Scandals Force Romania’s Powerful Church to Change

Recent corruption and sexual scandals involving clergy in Romania’s powerful Orthodox Church are forcing its leaders to be more accountable.

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01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer

From light-hearted comedies to horrors and dramas that reveal the still visible legacy of the wars of the 1990s, Balkan cinematography has something for everyone this summer.

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10 Jul 17

Romania’s Vanishing Forests Leave Villages in Peril

Illegal logging continue to devastate Romania, leaving villages exposed to floods and landslides, while environmentalists and activists blaming corruption and weak penalties for the problem.