February 18, 2015
should Bulgaria raise, which bloc should it follow—the European Union or Russia? This is the question Bulgaria faced with painful acuteness as it was caught in the political crossfire of the most
perilous crisis in East-West relations since the end of the Cold War.
December 16, 2014
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November 28, 2014
He is the owner of a chalga nightclub, taekwondo champion, archon, former MEP, oligarch with many mafia buddies. WikiLeaks lists his company's activities as "prostitution, narcotics, and trafficking stolen automobiles". This is Slavi Binev, the new head of Bulgaria's parliament culture commission.
November 10, 2014
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April 26, 2014
When Chernobyl melted down in 1986 I was
a thousand kilometres away, in Bulgaria. I was spending some of my happiest childhood moments at my grandparents' house. In step with the Communist and pro-USSR policy of the time, my mum, dad
and sister were away on a trip to Kiev. Like all "ordinary" Bulgarians, we had no idea what was going on.
April 21, 2014
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March 27, 2014
27 March, 2014. A day, which the Bulgarian medics, who were sentenced to death by a Libyan court in a travesty HIV trial, will certainly remember for the rest of their
lives. Cecilia Attias, previously Sarkozy, France's enigmatic former first lady, came back to Bulgaria to meet them, seven years after her mercy mission saved them from the clutches of Libya's
March 25, 2014
"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
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...