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…
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…
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.
A poster advertising GERB's leader Boyko Borisov, who was prime minister twice in the past 10 years, appeared for a few days on billboards along Bulgaria's highways and on posters posted outside GERB offices in some towns. Borisov, whose candidate,…
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…
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