"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…
Democracy in the sense of getting citizens popularly elected to public office has never been easy in Bulgaria's quarter of a century of the experience, but it turned nearly lethal on the day following the local elections at the end…
For many years now Bulgaria has risked becoming a boring place in August if it were not for historian Bozhidar Dimitrov, the flamboyant manager of the National History Museum in Sofia, who ingenuously finds increasingly eccentric ways to cheer up…
Following is a verbatim translation of a press release sent out by the National Museum of History to express the views of its manager, Bozhidar Dimitrov, on the arrest, in Rome, of a Bulgarian footballer, Blagoy Georgiev aka Blago the…
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