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"We are wondering whether Norman Foster really knows what he's getting himself in to," fumed Bulgarian environmentalists in the summer of 2008. But their words ring even truer now that the government in Sofia suddenly greenlighted the start of construction works of a huge complex on the site of one of Bulgaria's most loved wild beaches.

April 2, 2014

Is France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls a racist? HERE's a quick reminder of his most disturbing comments about Bulgarian and Romanian Roma he made during his time as Interior Minister.

March 21, 2014

Crass and overbuilt. A sea of concrete, sporting "For Sale" notices. One of the things that foreigners and nature lovers should avoid at all costs while in Bulgaria. This is how the Bulgarian Black Sea coast has been perceived in the last few years. Karadere, one of the very few virgin regions flung in the north of Bulgaria's Black Sea, is facing the grim prospect of turning into just one of those overbuilt places.

March 19, 2014

Organic farming is trying to give Bulgaria's glorious past as an agriculture country a new lease of life, but has been dealt a heavy blow. The Balkan country is the only EU member, whose organic producers will be deprived of EU funding in 2014. READ HERE...

March 17, 2014

In what is no doubt the most perilous crisis in East-West relations since the end of the Cold War, Bulgaria's ruling Socialists confirmed what many had suspected - Bulgaria acts as a backdoor for Russian interests, a Trojan horse in the EU. Today this is a real problem.

February 27, 2014

READ HERE an excerpt from an interview with the anonymous Bulgarian guerrilla artists, who painted Sofia's Red Army statue in yellow and blue, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in a show of solidarity with Ukraine's revolution. It is the latest in a series of colorful twists of the monument in a bid to make political points.

February 26, 2014

Surveys about Bulgaria's gloomy demographics - we have a surfeit of them. But it was only recently that the full scale of the catastrophe became clear. The abstract problem turned into empty streets, barren land, scrappy towns and villages where people are the most visible absence.

February 25, 2014

The tax drama has returned to Bulgaria. Six years after the introduction of the flat tax, the debate over its economic and moral merits has been rekindled as parties try to capitalize on it ahead of the elections in May.

February 24, 2014

READ HERE seven facts that protesters in Kiev will definitely be shocked to learn about EU member Bulgaria.

February 20, 2014

"Every nation chooses alone whether to crash or not." Thus spoke Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov right after he resigned on February 20, 2013 amid anti-poverty protests. One year later, which saw two new governments taking office and a wave of new protests, the only change is that omerta, the code of silence, have been broken for the first time. But not for good.

February 19, 2014

The bloody events in Kiev came as the most shocking wake-up call that in today's world toothless, lofty rhetoric is way off the mark. Brussels misunderstood the severity of the crisis as well as the power of Russian influence over Ukraine. Sofia just pretended to misunderstand, trying to tease neither Russia, nor EU.

February 18, 2014

The news of Kiev's carnage echoed in Bulgaria with particular strength. For months many Bulgarians have been wondering in horror what would have happened to their country if the EU entry was still only a prospect. And with good reason.

February 17, 2014

The fall in the amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Bulgaria slowed down in 2013, the statistics office announced in what has been presented as the latest spade of good economic news. Time for a reality check. 

February 13, 2014

Bulgaria has hit the record-low spot number 100 in the World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders, released on February 12. The disheartening, but hardly surprising ranking comes after a year of mass protests, political tensions and tons of censorship and self-censorship at news rooms.

February 16, 2014

As temperatures dropped, it was harder not to see them – the homeless and the poor. The storms tore through the cloak of statistics and once again an abstract problem – discussed in percentages and demographics – became a gaunt man, a toothless woman, a pair of sad eyes. READ HERE...

February 15, 2014

The European Parliament race has so far failed to quicken the pulse of Bulgarian voters. The contest in 2014 will be different. The European elections in Bulgaria this year will carry the drama of national elections. READ HERE...

Die Arbeitsbedingungen in bulgarischen Krankenhäusern sind katastrophal. Korruption und Geldmangel bremsen vor allem junge Mediziner aus. Immer mehr Ärzte gehen deshalb nach Deutschland, wo sie gezielt angeworben werden.


The story of Maria Zabova, the long-time bell ringer at Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, is a real epiphany, an inspiring tale of faith, commitment and strength. On November 1, 2013 a theology student unexpectedly took her place at his own initiative and in a bid to call on the struggling nation to wake up. READ HERE...

Poverty, despair, lack of prospects and growing sense of helplessness has triggered an unprecedented spate of self-immolations in Bulgaria, the first for decades. READ HERE...