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BULGARIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

What happened in Bulgaria during the Second World War? The events, the major and minor political players and their decisions, the role that bad and good luck played in this country between 1939 and 1945 are often contradictory and hard to explain to outsiders – or to Bulgarians, for that matter. The country started the war being neutral. It became an ardent Nazi ally, but refused to declare war on the USSR. Instead, it declared a "symbolic" war on Britain and the United States. It kept most of the Jews under its jurisdiction from deportation to the death camps.

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WHERE ARE THE SEVEN LAKES?

1. Which ancient people lived in what is now Bulgaria?

A. The Sumerians

B. The Thracians

C. The Hittites

2. How many countries does Bulgaria border with?

A. Four

B. Five

C. Six

3. Bulgaria's first ruler after 1878 was...

A. King Ferdinand

B. King Boris III

C. Prince Alexander of Battemberg

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Bulgarian women may have lower pensions, but they live longer.

Biser Petkov, former Public Welfare Minister, on the pay gap between men and women

It is not hypocritical that we receive money in euros and US dollars.

Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of the Vazrazhdane extreme nationalist party that is pushing for a referendum against adopting the euro as national currency

Our country is threatened with default.

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He tells Ukraine it should fall on its knees and accept that it will no longer exist.

Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's stance that no weapons should be sent to Ukraine

In reality, Boyko Borisov continues to rule – the old management boards are still running all the key institutions.

Former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov

I am disappointed, because I like the American way of life.

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VACUITY AND WINDBAGGISM

Voters are being exposed to a plethora of pledges designed to make them feel good – and cast their ballots for whoever talks louder. Significantly, pundits and publicists try to make their speech acts as concrete as possible, knowing the increasingly wary voters are not easily impressed by nice-sounding but meaningless niceties and empty commonplaces.

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TESLA AND SPACEX OVER IN... BELOGRADCHIK

"Pretty sure that was in Elden Ring" Musk wrote, possibly without knowing that the photographer, Vladislav Terziyski, had heavily manipulated his picture, and possibly without realising that difficult-to-pronounce Belogradchik was a real town in a real country outside George R. R. Martin's computer game.

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The people placed their bet on evil. Evil won, so did the people.

Nikolay Gabrovski, GERB's prime minister-designate, on his failure to win approval in parliament

Gabrovski had a mission from God.

Meglena Plugchieva, minister-designate from Gabrovski's failed cabinet

Power is temporary. The consequences of stupid government decisions are long-standing.

Caretaker Prime Minister Galab Donev

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'DEFILING' ABANDONED PILE OF STONES

Perushtitsa, now a small and offbeat town rarely visited by tourists, is known to every Bulgarian as the sight of a massacre in the failed April 1876 Uprising against the Ottomans. Thirty-two-year-old Ruth Koleva is a notorious jazz, soul and R&B singer who recently signed up with Warner Music. She spends most of her time outside Bulgaria where she has excellent career opportunities. 

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