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For many Bulgarians the 1994 World Cup in the United States, when Bulgaria beat Germany and ended fourth in the world, was the apex of Bulgarian football. Stoytchkov then became, and probably continues to be, the most famous Bulgarian ever, by far outshining all kings, prime ministers, writers and artists since the 19th century. Those Bulgarians old enough to remember 1994 are now appalled because in 2019 Bulgaria marked its worst ever loss, 0-6. To add insult to injury, the loss happened in Sofia, at the Stalin-era national stadium called Vasil Levski.
One of Bulgaria's top intellectuals, Georgi Lozanov, is a familiar face to Vagabond readers. A philosopher and a media expert with many years as a leading member of the National Electronic Media Council Lozanov now teaches communications at Sofia University. Among his many interests Communism – and what supersedes it – has had a special place on his rostrum. In his telltale style of combing the mundane with the philosophical, even allegorical, Lozanov begins this conversation, in his office at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency located at Sofia's main thoroughfare that used to be called Lenin, by pondering over when exactly Bulgarian Communism ended.
"When a political party has a problem, it brings it to the chief prosecutor - and boasts about it. We see him as a referee." Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
As the EU announced it was lifting its monitoring for the supremacy of law in Bulgaria, the newspapers went on with one of their favourite topics: crime. Here are a few examples.
Northwestern Bulgaria, traditionally poor and underdeveloped, rarely finds its way into any tourist itinerary. Yet, it has plenty of hidden gems to offer.