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16 Aug 17

Vassilev Pushes for US Sanctions Against Bulgaria

Exiled Bulgarian ex-banker Tsvetan Vassilev is seeking US sanctions against Bulgaria under the Global Magnitsky Act – while his family complains of increased pressure from the authorities. 

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16 Aug 17

Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says

Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. 

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15 Aug 17

Bulgarian Deputy PM’s Disco Raids Spark Backlash

Bulgaria’s deputy premier Valeri Simeonov, who led raids on nightclubs in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach in which a popular DJ was arrested, has caused controversy with his ‘war on noise’.

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11 Aug 17

Frozen Turkish Funding Leaves Bulgarian Imams Without Pay

Bulgaria’s around 600 imams have been left without money for salaries since the country allegedly cancelled a funding agreement for Islamic education with Turkey, Bulgarian Grand Mufti’s Office says.

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03 Aug 17

Refugee Children Caught in Bulgarian Limbo

While the number of refugees in Bulgaria has fallen significantly, some refugee children still have little or no access to adequate care.

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01 Aug 17

Macedonia, Bulgaria Sign Landmark Friendship Treaty

Neighbours Macedonia and Bulgarian on Tuesday signed a landmark friendship treaty that aims to turn their long-ambiguous relationship into a close, EU-oriented partnership.

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31 Jul 17

Macedonia, Bulgaria Set to Sign Historic Friendship Treaty

Leaders of Macedonia and Bulgaria on Tuesday are to sign a historic friendship treaty that aims to turn their long ambiguous relationship into a close, EU-oriented friendship.

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28 Jul 17

Romania Joins Campaign Against 'Double Standards' in Food

Romania is joining a number of other Eastern European states who accuse big food retailers of using an EU loophole to sell inferior-quality products to their countries.

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21 Jul 17

UEFA Fines Croatia's Hajduk for 'Kill Serb' Chants

UEFA has fined and penalised the Croatian football club Hajduk after its fans chanted anti-Serbian slogans at a match against Levski of Bulgaria.

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20 Jul 17

Bulgaria to Try Exiled Tycoon Over Bank Collapse

Bulgaria’s special prosecution has pressed charges for the plunder of the Corporate Commercial Bank in 2014, listing suggestions about why the main defendant – the bank’s owner, Tsvetan Vasilev – is now in exile in Serbia.

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20 Jul 17

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

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19 Jul 17

Bulgarian MPs Back Limiting Foreign Funds for Magistrates

Bulgaria's parliament has approved on a first reading changes that would ban foreign funding for magistrates - although ministers have insisted that funds from the EU must be exempted.

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18 Jul 17

Bulgarian MEP Accused of Hate Speech Against Roma

An online petition has called for the European Parliament to sanction Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki for stirring up anti-Roma hatred. 

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17 Jul 17

Funds Raised to Rebury Refugees Killed in Bulgaria

An online campaign seeks to raise enough money to bring home the bodies of Afghan migrants who died in a car crash on a Bulgarian highway on June 4.

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13 Jul 17

Bulgarian, Croatian Fans Clash Before Europa Qualifier

Ugly incidents have marred the run-up to Thursday's Europa League qualifier in Split, Croatia, between fans of Bulgarian team Levski and Croatia's Hajduk.

Premium

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04 Aug 17

Will the Bulgarian-Macedonian Treaty Work?

The good-neighbourliness treaty recently signed by Bulgaria and Macedonia is a fine idea, but domestic political wrangles and differing interpretations of history in the two countries could easily undermine it.

27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

Business

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15 Aug 17

Bulgarian Festival Cancelled Amid Nightclub Crackdown

SOLAR Summer, a popular electronic music festival at Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach resort, has cancelled its 2017 edition, fearing it might be targeted as part of deputy PM Valeri Simeonov’s ‘war on noise’.

Culture and Lifestyle

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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.

27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

01 Jun 17

Bulgaria's 'Rock 'n Roll' Capital Falls Silent

14 May 17

Teenage Bulgarian Pipped to Post at Eurovision