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A role reversal in recent years hasn’t done much to dampen the age-old competition between Bulgaria and Serbia.
The World Cup points to Balkan issues that could still muddle European integration.
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.