Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Albania's Jews Greet Their First Chief Rabbi

13 December 2010 | The small Jewish community of Albania has its first Chief Rabbi who was inaugurated earlier this week in the main synagogue of the capital Tirana in the presence of Albanian... Full Story

Serbian Folk Star Ceca May Face Up to 12 Years in Prison

24 November 2010 | Svetlana Raznatovic, one of the most popular pop folk singers of Serbia, may spend up to 12 years behind bars, Full Story

WWII Jewish Mass Grave Found in Romania

06 November 2010 | Up to 100 bodies of Jews, executed by the Romanian army during the Second World War were found buried together in a fortress in northeast of the country, announced the local press, quoting Elie Wiesel National Institute. Full Story

A US Exhibition Shows Albanian Muslims Saving Jews from the Holocaust

23 October 2010 | A new exposition on display in St. Louis synagogue in the United States documents Albanian Muslims shielding Jews from the fascist prosecution of the Il Duce's regime. Full Story

ЕU May Reinstate Visas for Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia

23 October 2010 | Officials from Sweden, Germany and Belgium expressed worries with the growing number of asylum-seekers from the Balkans and may lobby in the EU to reconsider the removal the visa-free travel for citizens of Macedonia, Montenegro... Full Story

200-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Unknown Predator Discovered in Bulgaria

15 October 2010 | The fossil of a fish, dating 200 million years ago, was found in Bulgaria during the construction of a highway. Today the team of zoologists and palaeontologists, who examined the finding, confirmed it is of a species, unknown... Full Story

Piracy Seems to Dwindle on Bulgaria's Music Market

13 October 2010 | The respect for authors' rights seem to be growing in Bulgaria, one of the countries with greatest rate of piracy when it comes to illegal usage of music, films and software in Europe. Recent statistics show that both income and... Full Story

Еuro 2012 Qualifier Halted Minutes after Start Because of Serbian Fans' Vandalism

13 October 2010 | Vandalism and other unruly behavior by Serbian fans at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa forced officials to cancel a football match between Serbia and Italy on Tuesday night. Full Story

Turkey Plans Massive Tourist Development on Black Sea Coast

A bold investment plan, which is to be accomplished by 2024, aims at attracting significantly greater number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists to the Turkish Black Sea coast. Full Story

A Violent NO to Gays Rocked Belgrade

11 October 2010 | Anti-gay protests left over 100 injured people, predominantly policemen, and damages, estimated for over one million euros, in down town Belgrade. Full Story


Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

11 March 2014 | National wine tastings, preceding Bulgaria’s biggest wine fair, Vinaria 2014, started today with a surprise: foreign wines exceeded in number Bulgarian ones first time in history of the competition. Full Story

Curiosity Chest

Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving. Full Story

Useful Reads

In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story


Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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