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Bulgarian Trips Abroad Increase 11% YoY in September 2018

In September 2018, Bulgarians made 633,400 trips abroad, 11% more than in the same month last year, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said. An increase was registered in the trips to Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Germany, Greece and Macedonia.

Bulgaria Arrests Citizenship-Selling Scam Suspects

At least 20 people were arrested on Monday for allegedly taking part in a corrupt scheme that streamlined the process of granting Bulgarian citizenship to foreigners, the Specialised Prosecution announced.

BBC: Bulgaria 'Smashes Fake Passport Scam'

Prosecutors in Bulgaria say they have smashed a passport scam which saw thousands fraudulently acquire Bulgarian citizenship - and with it, the right to travel and work throughout the European Union, reports BBC News. 

More than 20 people have been arrested, including officials.

Applicants are said to have paid up to $5,690 (£4,445) for fake certificates of Bulgarian origin.

Poll shows most Greeks still reject FYROM deal; ND lead over SYRIZA steady

Most Greeks still reject the agreement which Athens struck with Skopje to settle the decades-old name row with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), according to an opinion poll published on Sunday.

The survey, carried out by MARC polling firm and published in Proto Thema newspaper, revealed that 64.5 percent of Greeks did not want to see Parliament ratifying the deal.

Macedonia Opposition Demands Amnesty for Parliament Violence

While the government and the ruling majority has called for unity and forgiveness in Macedonia's politically-divided society, the opposition has called for an outright amnesty for the people who were involved in last year's storming of the parliament building.

Macedonia Albanian Parties Demand Constitutional Change

Two small ethnic Albanian opposition parties in Macedonia, the BESA movement and the Alliance for Albanians, insist that the changing of the constitution to implement the 'name' agreement with Greece is a good opportunity for additional changes that would improve the status of Albanians in the country.

From Washington to Moscow

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is handling Panos Kammenos, the leader of junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL), like the three wise monkeys, seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil.

Bulgarian Special Forces host В-9 Thracian Sword 2018 Exercise

On 22 October, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence announced that the special forces of the nine member states participating in the Bucharest 9 Initiative (B9) started the multinational military drill "Thracian Sword - 2018" at the Novo Selo Training Area. This year, Bulgarian special forces are hosting the annual B9 exercise from 22 to 26 October, reports ArmyRecognition. 

Skopje reacts after Moscow's grave accusations of fraud

The case concerns a "dramatic" session of the Macedonian parliament that voted in favor of starting to change the country's constitution in order to implement a name deal with Greece.

Macedonia Opposition Party Purges High-Profile Members

At an extraordinary session of its central committee on Monday night, VMRO DPMNE purged several high-profile members, requested resignations from renegade MPs who supported the 'name' agreement with Greece at last week's parliamentary vote and threatened to oust other MPs if they support the agreement in the future.

Macedonian Police Protect MPs After 'Name' Vote

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said on Monday that all 80 MPs whose vote on Friday was key for launching constitutional changes to secure Macedonia's agreement with Greece are receiving 24-hour police protection.

Macedonia Prosecution Probes Vice Prime Minister

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, said on Wednesday that it is investigating Vice Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, along with 14 other people, over several suspicious public tenders in 2010 while he served as health minister in former premier Nikola Gruevski's cabinet.

Macedonia to Investigate Threats to Opposition MPs

Amid claims that opposition MPs in Macedonia are under massive pressure - including death threats - not to support the government's deal with Greece in parliament, Macedonia's Interior Ministry has said it will use all legal means to protect them.

NSI: Bulgarian Exports to Third Countries Fall 22.9% YoY in January-August 2018

Sofia. In January-August 2018, Bulgaria's exports to third countries dropped 22.9% year-on-year to BGN 10.17 billion, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said. The main trade partners, representing 52.7% of Bulgarian exports to non-EU countries, were Turkey, China, Serbia, the US, Macedonia and Russia.