GERB are out of government at the national level, but many cities and towns in Bulgaria are still being run by GERB people, which means that ordinary folk in this country continue to get the sort of entertainment that has…
... Especially if accompanied by a few sentences to explain the context. The man in the middle is Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The location is Hitrino, a village in northeastern Bulgaria. The occasion is a major train accident…
If polls arithmetic is anything to go by, the grouping of small political parties calling themselves the Reformist Bloc and identifying themselves as pro-Western rightwing democrats did poorly at the November presidential election. With just 5.87 percent of the vote…
"No, I haven’t slept with the prime minister," Apostol Apostolov, the mayor of Simitli, in southwestern Bulgaria, has stated. He was speaking in response to a friendly shout by Metodi Bachev, an entrepreneur in the road construction business, whose company,…
This is a popular one making the rounds, obviously in sotto voce, under Communism, but it has recently been brought back to life for reasons that we have been trying to understand for about eight years now.
Ahead of 24 May, Bulgaria's perhaps happiest holiday celebrating the invention of the Slavic alphabet by two Greek monks in particular and, in more general terms, Bulgarian culture and high-school graduation, the Education Ministry, now headed by the former EU…
Boyko Borisov rarely misses the opportunity to be televised kissing the hand of some Orthodox priest, so he went ahead with inaugurating the revamped Sofia Central Station, an operation that had taken years to complete and had cost about 62…
Despite the online proliferation of a variety of websites claiming to carry "news" about this country, media freedoms remain at an all-time low, at least post-1989. Significantly, major Bulgarian institutions do not seem to be wanting to make life easier…
A woman cleaner at Sofia Airport, pictured above but only partially seen as she appears to be hiding behind a bunch of flowers, announced on her Facebook page, in a state of sheer amazement and exaltation, that she had received…
The citizens of Sofia can now rejoice that the area around the NDK, the Communist-era megalomaniacal building previously known as the Lyudmila Zhivkova People's Palace of Culture, was given a major facelift, setting a new record in public spending for…
Whilst Europe was recovering from the terror attacks in Paris and Bulgaria reeled in an unprecedented phone tapping scandal in which two senior members of the judiciary were taped as implicating Attorney General Sotir Tsatsarov, former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov…
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