Over 100 guests came to the official launch of A Guide to Communist Bulgaria by Dimana Trankova, Georgi Lozanov, Mihail Gruev and Anthony Georgieff at an event at the NDK Peroto Literary Club hosted by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, Vagabond Media and the Free Speech International Foundation; on 28 March, in Sofia.
Bulgaria's prime minister increasingly looks set to step off Western course
Most Bulgarian towns with roots in the 19th century and earlier have them: tall, sometimes coarse but often exquisitely decorated towers, usually in city centres, that have still functioning timepieces, beating a bell on the hour – every hour for decades and centuries.
"I am the only person out of suspicion in the CEZ sale, as I dislike that company."
Prime Minster Boyko Borisov on a little-known local company purchasing the electricity distribution giant in southwestern Bulgaria, including Sofia
Most countries in the world have adopted an animal to symbolise what their nations think of themselves. Australia has the emu, South Africa the springbok. Canada has the beaver, China the panda. In Europe, the countries are almost equally divided between those – Germany, Poland, Albania and so on – which cherish the eagle as its national animal, often putting it on their coats-of-arms. Then there is Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and of course England which venerate the lion. Bulgaria belongs to the second group.
This section of Vagabond is usually reserved for the funnier and/or exceptionally eccentric statements and deeds of Bulgaria's statesmen, but in this issue we bring on the results, without a comment, of a poll conducted by Trend, an independent polling agency, into the mindsets of those who vote them into office.
With its rolling hills and uninspiring towns, the central part of northern Bulgaria appears unexciting and dull, a place you pass through on your way to somewhere else. However, as so often happens in Bulgaria, appearances are deceiving. Leave the main road and you will discover that the rolling hills hide intriguing natural phenomena.