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WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

There are no road signs pointing to it and the road itself, which was once asphalt, is slow and tortuous. Yet, you are less than a mile from one of this country's major tourist attractions, and coming down to the water will guarantee a full day of seaside pleasures that will not leave you – pun intended – at sea.

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CAR OF DISCORD

Everyone who has had some work to do with the Bulgarian police should have noticed the despicable conditions in which rank and file officers often work. Their uniforms are bad, their offices have been last repaired in the times when the Bulgarian police was called People's Militia, and they often have to pay out of their pocket for fuel to drive their rather old and rusty patrol cars.

Seemingly, some officers have found an ingenious way to drive something better. No, we are not talking about the confiscated Porsche that Sofia police used to patrol with in the 2000s.

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THE REPUBLIC PASS CROSSES WHICH MOUNTAIN?

1. What do Bulgarians celebrate on 6 May?

A. St George's Feast

B. Liberation

C. Independence

2. Where do you go for spa delights and Roman ruins?

A. Velingrad

B. Hisarya

C. Devin

3. Where is Bulgaria's Railway Museum?

A. Sofia

B. Plovdiv

C. Ruse

4. Which is Bulgaria's longest and deepest cave?

A. Devetashka Cave

B. Kolkina Dupka

C. Devil's Throat

5. Who was the founder of Bulgaria?

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GERB want a Latin American type of stability – a handful of people and companies getting all the money while the rest of the people are poor or emigrate to escape being poor.

Asen Vasilev, Changes Continued

One of the political players, CC-DB, were unable to win the election. The other political player, GERB, were unable to lose them.

Arman Babikyan, political commentator

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WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Growing roses and extracting valuable attar of roses is a big thing here in springtime. And the area is doted with bigger and smaller mounds most of which conceal tombs belonging to ancient Thracian nobility. The area is squeezed between two major mountain ranges, the Stara Planina and the Sredna Gora. What is the name of the big town in the Valley of Roses?

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BULGARIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

What happened in Bulgaria during the Second World War? The events, the major and minor political players and their decisions, the role that bad and good luck played in this country between 1939 and 1945 are often contradictory and hard to explain to outsiders – or to Bulgarians, for that matter. The country started the war being neutral. It became an ardent Nazi ally, but refused to declare war on the USSR. Instead, it declared a "symbolic" war on Britain and the United States. It kept most of the Jews under its jurisdiction from deportation to the death camps.

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WHERE ARE THE SEVEN LAKES?

1. Which ancient people lived in what is now Bulgaria?

A. The Sumerians

B. The Thracians

C. The Hittites

2. How many countries does Bulgaria border with?

A. Four

B. Five

C. Six

3. Bulgaria's first ruler after 1878 was...

A. King Ferdinand

B. King Boris III

C. Prince Alexander of Battemberg

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Bulgarian women may have lower pensions, but they live longer.

Biser Petkov, former Public Welfare Minister, on the pay gap between men and women

It is not hypocritical that we receive money in euros and US dollars.

Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of the Vazrazhdane extreme nationalist party that is pushing for a referendum against adopting the euro as national currency

Our country is threatened with default.

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He tells Ukraine it should fall on its knees and accept that it will no longer exist.

Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's stance that no weapons should be sent to Ukraine

In reality, Boyko Borisov continues to rule – the old management boards are still running all the key institutions.

Former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov

I am disappointed, because I like the American way of life.

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