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New photos of guns and cash in Bulgarian ex-PM Borissov’s bedroom published days before election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 9, 2021

Anonymous sender slams prosecutors for failing to take action over drawer full of €500 bills and gold bars.

Bosnia's presidency pledges no more wars at meeting with US envoy

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 9, 2021

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar said he agreed with members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency there will be no repeat of ethnic clashes, despite recent hike in tensions.

Bulgaria reveals how millions of euros were siphoned off from Hemus motorway construction

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 6, 2021

Caretaker Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov says €30mn paid to construction companies was transferred to shell companies and then exported from the country in sacks.

Heavy rain causes floods and blackouts in Sarajevo

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 5, 2021

Parts of the Bosnian capital closed to traffic and dozens evacuated.

Open Balkan members to speed up free flow of goods and services

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 5, 2021

Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia previously committed to the free movement of goods and services, but officials say this isn't yet happening in practice.

Turkey’s week of social media frenzy sucks in Erdogan, Syrians eating bananas and ‘hacked’ Israeli embassy

bne IntelIiNews November 4, 2021

Thirty accused of tweeting disinformation about president’s health. Syrians face deportation. Israelis deny sharing video mocking Ankara’s lack of combat aircraft.

Bulgaria arrests at least 10 over misuse of funds for Hemus motorway construction

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 4, 2021

Construction of the Hemus motorway linking Sofia with the port city of Varna has been marred by controversy and accusations of corruption for years.

Sberbank Europe to sell Hungarian unit and four other subsidiaries in CEE region

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

Buyer is Serbian tycoon Miodrag Kostic, who has built a financial empire with AIK Banka and Gorenjska Banka of Slovenia.

EBRD lifts emerging Europe forecasts but warns of threats ahead

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

The EBRD has increased its 2021 GDP growth projection for the emerging Europe and SEMED regions where it operates to 5.5% after a strong performance in H1.

German MEP urges Albania to stop “mass killing” of street dogs

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

Martin Buschmann says Albania must follow EU regulations on animal protection as it works towards accession.

North Macedonia’s opposition leader calls for immediate snap general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 3, 2021

Ruling coalition's future uncertain after PM Zoran Zaev announced his resignation.

Croatian electric hypercar pioneer Rimac ties up with Bugatti

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2021

Joint venture combines Croatian hypercar producer Rimac's EV expertise with Bugatti's 110-year heritage of design and engineering.

Bulgaria COVID-19 deaths soar to new record but government won't lock down

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2021

Health minister says no new lockdown but urges Bulgarians to stay home when possible and get vaccinated.

Romania’s PM-designate quits before vote in parliament

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 2, 2021

No clear way out of Romania's worst political crisis in decades as second attempt to form new government flops.

Bulgarian presidential candidate stripped of immunity after brutal attack on LGBTI centre

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2021

Eyewitnesses said Boyan Rasate of the far right Bulgarian National Union punched a female activist in the face and slashed the tyres of a scooter parked outside the Rainbow Hub in Sofia.

North Macedonia’s PM Zaev resigns after party’s crushing local election defeat

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 1, 2021

Candidate of Zoran Zaev’s SDSM lost by a wide margin to independent Danela Arsovska, backed by opposition VMRO-DPMNE, in the Skopje mayoral election.

Erdogan reportedly pulls out of COP26 after security downgrade

bne IntelIiNews October 31, 2021

British organisers said to have put restrictions on size of Turkish delegation and motorised vehicles.

Moldova seals 5-year contract with Gazprom

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 30, 2021

Moldova's long-term contract with Gazprom expired at the end of September, leaving the country vulnerable at a time when energy prices have surged across Europe.

North Macedonia’s ruling SDSM and opposition VMRO-DPMNE battle for Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 28, 2021

Independent candidate Danela Arsovska, backed by VMRO-DPMNE, is trying to wrest control of the capital from the SDSM's Petre Silegov in the mayoral election.

EU gives Moldova €60mn grant to mitigate energy crisis

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 28, 2021

Moldova has been struggling to pay for gas from alternative sources after Russia's Gazprom cut supplies on October 1.