The elderly man who climbs up the clock tower in this Balkan Mountains town twice a day to wind the clock says that he has climbed the Eiffel Tower 385 times – without having left his hometown.
"Bulgaria's politicians are elected by the Bulgarian people. The Bulgarians' vulgarity produces vulgar politicians. Bulgarians are unworthy of the government they have right now. Considering the Bulgarian people, this government is a fantastic one. There we have three individuals of supreme political talent."
Kancho Stoychev, a sociologist who is also involved in the golfing and construction business
A 32-year old Varna man, Dimcho Arnaudov, was given a one-year jail sentence for shoplifting several packs of wafers, chewing gum and cakes at a total price of 31 leva. The sentence could not be appealed and the man was sent to jail immediately. Compare to Maxim Staviyski, the figure skater, who killed a person and seriously injured another while driving drunk last year. He was given a two-year suspended sentence.
1. Compared with the first half of 2007, direct foreign investment in Bulgaria in the first eight months of 2008 was down by:
Optimists claim that Bulgaria will survive the credit crunch unscathed, others see many homeowners squeezed by interest rate hikes