During the past several weeks Boyko Borisov's Bulgaria has been shaken by a major scandal. No, it is not the constantly being stopped and restarted multibillion-euro Belene Nuclear Power Plant project, it has nothing to do with Bulgaria's continuing dependency on Russian gas and oil, nor with the state of the Bulgarian judiciary system.
In the wake of Apartment-gate, the fire at Notre-Dame in Paris and the sacks of pure Latin American cocaine getting washed up at the northern Bulgarian Black Sea shores, Bulgarians have manifested no lack of their inimitable, often bitter-sweet sense of humour. Here are some recent samples:
"The apartment scandal started as a Kompromat attack against Mr Tsvetanov and mutated into a hysterical mudfight." Krasen Kralev, Minister of Youth and Sport
Aficionados of ancient Bulgarian history are probably well-familiar with the Thracians, the pre-Christian tribes that inhabited these lands and that went on to become a constituent ethnicity of the first Bulgarian state.