Western Publications on Bulgaria: Relaxation in Golden Sands, Hatred in Strandzha

Written by on August 7, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

In the past 48 hours, four Western European publications have reported the following about Bulgaria.

“Weser Report”, Germany:

In an article about the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, they reassured their readers that there is actually sand on Bulgaria’s beaches. They are saying, spending vacations in Bulgaria was a trendy thing to do. According to this publication, tour operator Öger Tours seems to be doing more in Bulgaria, since new Aqua Parks were built. But they are refraining from mentioning the main reasons for the increase regarding vacation offers in Bulgaria: terror fears as well as security concerns in Turkey.

“Die Tageszeitung” (taz), Germany:

The left-wing daily working out of Berlin, is basically repeating the alarming story about nationalist, violent groups, who are hunting for refugees in the mountainous regions of southern Bulgaria. It says, these groups largely consisted of policemen and soldiers. The article mentions three groups of this kind, which were active in the Strandzha mountains. According to the article, all three of them hate refugees, Roma, Turks and Muslims in general. Also, an even more alarming aspect is being mentioned: This publication quotes the NGO Bordermonitoring, which says that at least seven refugees have died along the Bulgarian border in 2015, mostly under unresolved circumstances.

“Nachrichten.at”, Austria:

This publication reports Bulgaria had just sent 28 Iraqi refugees, among them many women and children, back to Greece. The group had been detained four weeks ago, close to the border.

AFP, via Yahoo:

The news agency AFP released an interesting piece on Britons living in Bulgaria. They are quoting an expat saying “The Adventurous ones come to Bulgaria“, which is probably accurate. The article is entitled “Brits lead ‘dream life’ in EU’s poorest country”.

By Imanuel

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