Bulgaria's extreme nationalism, whose main perpetrators are now in government, sometimes assumes wacky proportions. In the past several months the political establishment of GERB, supported by the loose alliance of ultranationalists identifying themselves as "united patriots," has been ruthless in…
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"We should be proud with the border fence, the Great Wall of Bulgaria."Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov, on the fence on the border with Turkey
One thing Bulgaria does not have in great abundance is… islands. In fact, there are but a handful of isles, sometime just rocks, off the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, and none of them is permanently inhabited except for the usual…
Pavel Shopov, the MP for Ataka, was nominated for deputy transportation minister in charge of information technologies. Except for his extreme nationalist views, Shopov is also known for his inability to put on a pair of simple headphones.
"Who knows what sort of funny pictures we must have taken at Buchenwald."Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, of the extreme nationalist United Patriots, on his party's deputy urbanisation minister-designate's snapshot giving a Nazi salute
"The next scalp on my wall will be Slavi Trifonov's."Valeri Simeonov, co-leader of the extreme nationalist United Patriots, on the TV showman's report indicating conflict of interest over a hotel near the Turkish border
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Until the early 1990s this was a no-go border zone. Isolated for over 40 years from the Bulgarian hinterland, the area developed its own ecosystem unseen anywhere else on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Come the post-Communist liberalisation and a…
A poster advertising GERB's leader Boyko Borisov, who was prime minister twice in the past 10 years, appeared for a few days on billboards along Bulgaria's highways and on posters posted outside GERB offices in some towns. Borisov, whose candidate,…
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If you think that 14 February is the high point of the Bulgarians' ability to squeeze culturally different feasts into a single day, think again.

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