War of words between Turkey, Russia splits Bulgaria more than ever
"The future offensive against IS should be code-named Saint King Tervel of Bulgaria."
Bozhidar Dimitrov, manager of the National Museum of History
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 and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov of corrupting Bulgarian justice, a large part of the Bulgarian Government, headed by the prime minister, visited China. Infrastructure projects such as linking Sofia to Beijing by high speed train were obviously on the table, in order to recreate what his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, called a "New Silk Road."
Among the rolling hills of northern Bulgaria, near Veliko Tarnovo, a strange pillar stands amid a cornfield. From afar, it looks just like one of those abandoned factory chimneys that dot Bulgaria left, right and centre. But it isn't.