The citizens of Sofia can now rejoice that the area around the NDK, the Communist-era megalomaniacal building previously known as the Lyudmila Zhivkova People's Palace of Culture, was given a major facelift, setting a new record in public spending for…
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…
Democracy in the sense of getting citizens popularly elected to public office has never been easy in Bulgaria's quarter of a century of the experience, but it turned nearly lethal on the day following the local elections at the end…
For many years now Bulgaria has risked becoming a boring place in August if it were not for historian Bozhidar Dimitrov, the flamboyant manager of the National History Museum in Sofia, who ingenuously finds increasingly eccentric ways to cheer up…
Following is a verbatim translation of a press release sent out by the National Museum of History to express the views of its manager, Bozhidar Dimitrov, on the arrest, in Rome, of a Bulgarian footballer, Blagoy Georgiev aka Blago the…
Sofia became the second capital in the Balkans, after Skopje, to unveil a monument to Tsar Samuil, the 10th century Bulgarian king after whose rule Bulgaria disappeared from the map for 200 years as it was conquered by and absorbed…
A small yet vocal group of Bulgarian historians and activists have produced a pamphlet, called by themselves "historical research," meant to smear a book published by Vagabond Media in 2012, The Turks of Bulgaria. What originally enraged the group was…
Following is an excerpt from the transcript of a government session during which Prime Minister Boyko Borisov described his recent visit to France. As usual when we quote the prime minister, we render his statements verbatim but with a few…
In the current situation in Bulgaria, we find it increasingly difficult to select political events that would not be outrageous to the point of absurdity and therefore not qualify for the Joke of the Month column. Switching to a daily…
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev made one of his inimitable statements that will probably outshine even his 2013 New Year's speech in which he extolled Bulgaria's natural wonders while speaking in front of some stills taken at the Rocky Mountains in…
he Sofia Regional Court decided against Plaintiff Boyko Borisov who had sued Nikolay Barekov, a former friend, over a statement Barekov made in 2013 that Boyko was "stupid." The court ruled that calling someone stupid is an offence as long…
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Society

WHEN A ROSE IS NOT EXACTLY A ROSE

WHEN A ROSE IS NOT EXACTLY A ROSE

Grim reality of Bulgarian rose pickers at loggerheads with picture postcard images

Vagabond Interviews

CONVIVIALITÉ AS A BUSINESS AND RAISON D'…

CONVIVIALITÉ AS A BUSINESS AND RAISON D'ÊTRE

Jelena Lalic, CEO of Pernod Ricard Bulgaria, on how to have perfect blend between pleasure and responsible consumption

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