Will America's new ambassador be able to strike the fine balance between promoting America's economic
and political interests in what is essentially the EU's poorest member
state, still struggling with an uneasy transition from Communism to
democracy, and upholding concepts, such as media freedoms and human
rights, that America has traditionally held very close to its heart?
I have been to many open air cultural events in Sofia during
the summer and, even in these hot and lazy months, people turn up,
participate and have fun. The need for culture is alive and real. This
kind of capital and this kind of Sofianite deserve to be encouraged!
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers