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young-educated-bulgarians-return-from-abroad-for-good-08-07-2017
07 Aug 17

Young Educated Bulgarians Return from Abroad for Good

The number of highly qualified Bulgarians choosing to start a career back home after graduating from top foreign universities is growing, NGOs say. 

with-the-bulgarian-macedonian-treaty-work--08-03-2017
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.

roman-tombs-vanish-under-hyatt-hotel-in-bulgaria-08-01-2017
01 Aug 17

Roman Tombs Vanish Under Hyatt Hotel in Bulgaria

Construction of a luxury hotel is continuing in Sofia despite the discovery that the site covers part of an ancient Roman necropolis.

busting-myths-about-russia-s-balkan-designs-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

A new book takes a searching look at what Russia is up to – and what it is not – in Southeast Europe.

macedonia-bulgaria-treaty-meets-suspicion-in-both-countries-07-14-2017
14 Jul 17

Macedonia-Bulgaria Treaty Meets Suspicion in Both Countries

As Macedonia and Bulgaria ready to sign a historic friendship treaty, opponents of the deal in both countries are accusing their governments of betraying vital national interests.

sweet-aromas-linger-on-bulgarian-capital-s-arab-street--07-12-2017
14 Jul 17

Sweet Aromas Linger on Bulgarian Capital’s ‘Arab Street’

Bulgarian nationalists may protest against the vivid mix of peoples on Tsar Simeon Street in Sofia  – but many Bulgarians come from afar to savour the rich Middle Eastern delicacies on offer. 

bulgarians-divided-as-capital-scraps-communist-era-landmark-07-05-2017
05 Jul 17

Bulgarians Divided as Capital Scraps Communist-Era Landmark

Despite protests by artists and activists, the Sofia municipality is determined to remove a highly contested monument to ‘1,300 Years of Bulgaria’ from the centre of the capital. 

romania-s-reagan-square-builds-on-balkan-tradition-06-29-2017
30 Jun 17

Romania’s Reagan Square Builds on Balkan Tradition

The Romanian capital is continuing the Balkan tradition of naming landmarks after US Presidents as Bucharest City Hall votes to inaugurate Ronald Reagan Square next to the government building.

europe-s-royals-gather-for-bulgarian-tsar-s-80th-06-15-2017
16 Jun 17

Europe’s Royals Gather for Bulgarian Tsar’s 80th

Members of the royal families of the Balkans and of Spain have descended on Sofia to celebrate the 80th birthday of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Bulgaria’s last monarch and a former prime minister. 

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017
16 Jun 17

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.

russian-meddling-in-balkans-a-matter-of-supply-and-demand--06-12-2017
12 Jun 17

Russian Meddling in Balkans ‘a Matter of Supply and Demand’

The findings of a media investigation detailing the extent of Russian involvement in Macedonia’s political crisis – direct and via Belgrade and Sofia - have been supported by regional analysts but downplayed by local politicians.

bulgaria-strives-to-rebuild-its-weak-underfunded-defence-06-06-2017
07 Jun 17

Bulgaria Strives to Rebuild Its Weak, Underfunded Defence

Under pressure from NATO, Bulgaria’s leaders have agreed to restore the country’s defence capacities as fast as possible, but their plans – and how to fund them – have yet to be worked out. 

inside-guide-to-the-balkans-secret-wonders-06-06-2017
06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

the-coyote-s-trail-a-machine-gun-s-path-from-serbia-to-syria-05-08-2017
09 May 17

The Coyote’s Trail – A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria

A batch of heavy machine guns travelled from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels, via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi training camp, BIRN and OCCRP can reveal.