Populations declined across all regions of Bulgaria in 2017 as deaths outstripped births and large-scale emigration continued.
Balkan opposition parties are increasingly resorting to violence in their hopeless struggle to dislodge entrenched ruling elites.
Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.
European Commission had planned to adopt a tough stance on Gazprom's allegedly “abusive practices” in selling gas to CEE, but current approach could let Russian energy major off the hook without serious consequences.
The European Commission's new progress reports for the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, are expected next week. Crucially, they will evaluate performance against delivery of the required reforms as part of the EU accession process
The small, open economies in the eastern part of the European Union will suffer disproportionately if the global trade war currently brewing extends to Europe, analysts have warned.
Several European states followed suit but others are still considering whether to take action over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil, which has already triggered over 100 expulsions by western countries.
Though no major breakthroughs in relations are achieved, Turkish President Erdogan says he hopes “we have put this difficult period behind us” while warning that it would be “a perilous mistake for the EU to exclude Turkey from enlargement”.
Eastern EU member states are catching up with their Western counterparts in terms of education, internet access and investment in infrastructure, boosting GDP growth and creating a fertile environment for online businesses.
Bulgaria has the highest proportion of women working in tech industries, while the gender pay gap for the sector is lowest in Turkey, a new study from recruiter Honeypot shows.