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bulgarian-energy-minister-resigns-over-suspicious-cez-deal-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.

amnesty-highlights-continued-rights-failings-in-balkans-02-21-2018
22 Feb 18

Amnesty Highlights Continued Rights Failings In Balkans

New report by Amnesty International records human rights violations in all Balkan countries, and points to a lack of progress in prosecuting war crimes suspects.

watchdog-warns-captured-political-systems-haunt-the-balkans-02-21-2018
21 Feb 18

Balkan Progress on Corruption "Stagnating', Transparency Expert Says

Ahead of the publication of Transparency International's latest corruption index, Southeast Europe expert Cornelia Abel says Balkan countries have barely shifted on the scale, as 'state capture' and weak courts impede progress.

bulgarian-becomes-the-first-woman-to-lead-eurostat-02-21-2018
21 Feb 18

Bulgarian Becomes First Woman Head of Eurostat

Mariana Kotzeva, former head of the Bulgarian National Statistics Institute, has been appointed head of the European Union statistics agency, Eurostat.

bulgaria-mourns-the-passing-of-ascetic-church-benefactor-dyado-dobri-02-14-2018
14 Feb 18

Bulgaria Mourns Hermit Famed for Generosity

Bulgaria is grieving over the death of the urban legend, hermit and church benefactor Dobre Dobrev, who passed away on Tuesday at the amazing age of 103.

bulgarian-vice-pm-valeri-simeonov-wants-the-deportation-of-greens-mep-ska-keller-02-09-2018
09 Feb 18

Bulgarian Vice-PM Demands Greens MEP's Deportation

Rightwing politician calls for Ska Keller, German MEP and co-chair of the European Greens, to be declared persona non grata and deported to Turkey for her involvement in the campaign to save the Pirin National Park.

strategic-greek-bulgarian-pipeline-construction-grinds-to-a-halt-potentially-prolonging-gazprom-monopoly-02-07-2018
07 Feb 18

Appeals Threaten to Delay Greek-Bulgarian Pipeline

Procurement appeals threaten to derail work on the important Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector – designed to lessen the Balkan region's energy dependence on Moscow.

eu-leaders-and-turkey-s-erdogan-will-meet-in-varna-bulgaria-on-the-26th-of-march-02-07-2018
07 Feb 18

Bulgaria to Host EU Leaders' Meeting With Erdogan

Bulgarian leader Boyko Borissov will a meeting on March 26 in Varna of EU Council president Donald Tusk, Commission president Jean-Claude Junker and the Turkish president – in an attempt to warm soured relations with Ankara.

political-warm-up-between-bulgaria-and-macedonia-boost-business-ties-02-01-2018
02 Feb 18

Bulgaria-Macedonia Treaty Boosts Business Ties

Bulgarian and Macedonian companies are seeking new business opportunities as a result of the friendship treaty that the two neighbouring countries signed recently, businesses say.

bulgaria-commemorates-half-heartedly-victims-of-communism-02-01-2018
01 Feb 18

Bulgaria Remembers Victims of Communist Purge

Survivors, family members and liberal-right politicians on Thursday marked 73 years since 'Bloody Thursday' in 1945 – when Bulgaria's new pro-Soviet courts and government began the mass execution of the so-called bourgeois elite.

balkan-states-rank-differently-in-global-justice-list-01-31-2018
31 Jan 18

Serbia Trails Balkan States in Global Justice List

Serbia ranked worst in the region in a new rule of law index that measures respect for basic justice principles, though most countries in the region came above the half-way mark.

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29 Jan 18

Balkans Face Fight For EU Funds After Brexit

As UK’s departure prompts demand for EU savings, East European states, including Bulgaria and Romania face a fight to keep lucrative farming and cohesion funds.

balkan-heritage-sites-listed-among-europe-s-most-endangered-01-19-2018
23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

bulgarian-vmro-slams-greek-macedonia-name-protest-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Bulgarian Rightists Accuse Greeks of 'Usurping' Macedonia's Name

Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov’s party rejects Greek nationalists' claim to exclusive use of the word 'Macedonia' – adding that Bulgaria has an equal right to it.

bulgaria-urged-to-ratify-a-convention-on-gender-violence-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Muiznieks Pushes Bulgaria to Ratify Domestic Abuse Convention

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner has called on Bulgaria's legislators to ratify the convention on gender-related violence, calling the arguments against it fallacious. 

Premium

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15 Feb 18

Mogul Puts Pressure on Bulgaria's Independent Media

Bulgaria's few remaining independent media organizations are facing fresh pressure as a controversial media baron pushes for a new law, exposing their external funding.

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Business

bulgarian-energy-minister-resigns-over-suspicious-cez-deal-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.

23 Feb 18

Bulgaria Minister Takes Aim at Airbnb, Booking

Culture and Lifestyle

balkans-still-like-their-music-hits-homegrown-02-10-2018
13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

A map of last December's YouTube hits shows that music fans in several Balkan countries still prefer their local bands to top international songs – though audiences in Croatia, Macedonia and Romania are now part of the global mainstream.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018