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Reviled by some at the time of their construction, Brutalist buildings are finding new supporters among the younger generations.
Russian-backed Belene project put on ice in 2012 over EU concerns and slow investor take-up.
Roger Waters sent a message during his concert in Bulgaria that led some to think that the revered musician was a little out of his depth in modern politics.
Racist and far-right incidents at games in the Balkan country have been frequent in the past few years.
Low fertility, unpopularity of marriage, and falling population are linked to heavy emigration since the end of communism.
It may be hard to comprehend now, but for a Bulgarian emigre pre-1989, petty compromises with the system were possible, even desirable.
Move echoes political reconciliation with a country many Bulgarians see as their little brother.
The citizens of Hungary and Bulgaria must learn again how to cultivate media freedom before once fertile ground turns irreversibly into a journalistic wasteland.
PM Borisov, who leads a government with several pro-Russian members, says as holder of EU presidency Sofia should remain above the fray.
Contentious remarks during a visit of the Russian Orthodox patriarch to Sofia brought into question aspects of Bulgaria’s centuries-old, love-hate relationship with Russia.