A first for the poor Balkan country, but also a first for the EU
"This law protects corruption."
Kornelia Ninova, leader of the BSP, on the government's new anticorruption legislation
Ten years into its EU membership and after millions of leva spent on infrastructure projects, some of which needed to be made over, owing to poor workmanship, a few days after they had been inaugurated, Bulgaria succeeded in setting up a public convenience facility at Kalotina, the border checkpoint with Serbia which is in fact this country's main land gateway to the West.
Off-limits to mortals under Communism as it was within the barbed-wire confines of a government hunting lodge this Thracian sanctuary has in recent years become something of a local tourism hit. It is not difficult to see why. Like other pre-historic peoples of pagan religions and no written language, the Thracians, who were a group of tribes inhabiting these lands about 20 centuries ago, were fascinated by stones.