Life in the warped reality of life in GERB's Bulgaria can sometimes assume surreal dimensions. Each outrage committed by the top GERB functionaries is almost immediately followed by something totally unexpected – and even more outrageous than before – in order to…
"We are surprised with the incidents of aggression during the past few days."Interior Minister Valentin Radev on the street beatings of a mother and daughter on Monday, of a TV journalist on Tuesday and the assassination of a businessman on…
  A major battle between the Russian Imperial Army, backed up by Bulgarian volunteers, and Ottoman forces was fought around that mountain peak in August 1877, predetermining the end of the war as a result of which Bulgaria gained its…
Bulgaria's monthly quizThink you know Bulgaria and the Bulgarians?Take our test to doublecheck 1. Where is the Ropotamo reserve?A. At the Black SeaB. In the RhodopeC. In the Stara Planina 2. Bulgarians believe that on Transfiguration Day, 6 August…A. The…
Bulgaria's extreme nationalism, whose main perpetrators are now in government, sometimes assumes wacky proportions. In the past several months the political establishment of GERB, supported by the loose alliance of ultranationalists identifying themselves as "united patriots," has been ruthless in…
Think you know Bulgaria and the Bulgarians? Take our test to doublecheck
"We should be proud with the border fence, the Great Wall of Bulgaria."Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov, on the fence on the border with Turkey
One thing Bulgaria does not have in great abundance is… islands. In fact, there are but a handful of isles, sometime just rocks, off the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, and none of them is permanently inhabited except for the usual…
Pavel Shopov, the MP for Ataka, was nominated for deputy transportation minister in charge of information technologies. Except for his extreme nationalist views, Shopov is also known for his inability to put on a pair of simple headphones.
"Who knows what sort of funny pictures we must have taken at Buchenwald."Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, of the extreme nationalist United Patriots, on his party's deputy urbanisation minister-designate's snapshot giving a Nazi salute
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