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Papandreou speaks about Greece's 2010 loan request

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou revealed on Friday that he had asked Greece’s lenders to offer the country its first bailout package at a lower interest rate but his request was refused.

Bulgaria Among Positive Examples for Roma Inclusion – EC President

Bulgarian town of Kavarna is a positive example in the EU for Roma inclusion, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said, Friday.

The Black Sea town of Kavarna was named along with Berlin (Germany), Montreuil (France) and Craiova (Romania) at the European Roma Summit dedicated to the integration of the largest minority in the EU.

Balkans Rank Midway in Social Progress League

A new report rates Western Balkan countries midway in the world when it comes to quality of life and social progress.

The Social Progress Index 2014 Report rated a total of 132 countries using more than 50 indicators.

Romania Reports Decline in Human Trafficking

Some 876 cases of human trafficking were officially reported in Romania last year, which was down on the figure for 2012 but showed that the problem persists, officials say.

Labor Minister: Share of Working Poor in Bulgaria at 7-8%

Bulgarian Labor Minister Hasan Ademov has said that the relative share of the working poor in Bulgaria has amounted to 7-8% over the past few years, following EU statistics.

Ademov participated Friday in an international conference on the working poor held under the aegis of the European Works Council.

Pentagon Sends More Marine Units to Romania

The US Pentagon is sending additional 175 marines to Romania in an effort to strengthen its force of more than 300 marines already deployed in the country.

Romania to Boost Defense Spending

Romania's government plans to increase its defense budget over possible tensions on its eastern borders with Ukraine.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced plans for defense expenditures, which currently amount to 1.36% of GDP to reach 2% by 2017.

Russia 'Wants Answers' over NATO Border Plans

Russia has sent a list of questions to NATO's headquarters regarding the alliance's actions in Eastern Europe.

The country's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists that Moscow would expect "answers based on rules upon which we have agreed", as he was quoted by German weekly Der Spiegel.

Jittery Romania to Boost Defence Spending

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday that the country needed to spend more on the armed forces.

Frustrated Gold Mine Company Axes Romanians

Gabriel Resources is to axe 373 jobs, around 80 per cent of its workforce in Romania, citing “unjustifiably long delays” in the approval of the gold mining project at Rosia Montana, in central Transylvania.