When asked about the sources of their national pride, most educated Bulgarians don't have to think too long: "The salvation of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust" is usually one of the top three answers.
Caught in a tug-of-war between Russia and the West over kings, constitutions and Macedonia, Bulgaria suffers heavy losses
Looming amid lovely country homes and ultra-luxurious gated communities, 1970s prefab apartment blocks remain the most visible heirloom of communism
100 years ago Tamrash was the centre of a semi-autonomous Pomak state in the Rhodope. Now the only traces of its former glory are two graveyards plundered by treasure hunters
Communists seized power in Bulgaria after three coups, two disastrous alliances and years of pseudo-democracy