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August 22, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, […]

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Impostors and smells: The everlasting problems with taxis in Bulgaria

August 15, 2016, by

Let’s get this straight: There are good taxi companies in Sofia. O.K. Taxi and 91119, just to name these two examples, are mostly reliable and most ...


Trilingual children: Expat families and languages

August 15, 2016, by

There are different kinds of expat families. Some share the same nationality, others do not. Some begin raising their children in their home country, ...


Bulgaria’s nuclear power drama: A huge mess

August 15, 2016, by

On April 6 1970, socialist Bulgaria started a huge project. In the northern border town of Kozloduy, engineers and workers starting building reactor n ...

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    Opinion: Erdogan, Putin and the touchy Turkish Stream
    August 8, 2016, by Deutsche Welle

    The revival of the Turkish Stream pipeline project is expected to be the concrete outcome of the meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, […]

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    Twenty years on, Michael Kapoustin and Life Choice
    August 8, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    “Letters to My Son” is an autobiographical account of Michael Kapoustin’s life in Bulgaria. In it, he describes his time spent in solitary confinement in a Bulgarian prison as brutal. […]

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    Europe seen from the outside – the British view
    August 5, 2016, by Mark Leonard of the ECFR

    A political counter-revolution against the European Union is underway. Brexit is likely to be seen in hindsight as just the first of many tremors leading up to a larger political […]

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    The unspeakable in pursuit of the unelectable?
    July 28, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    Carefully mincing up Oscar Wilde’s reference to the British landed gentry with the tragicomic hero from from Victor Hugo’s tale – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – might seem far-fetched […]

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    Greece: More a way of life
    July 25, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    I live in Greece, because it is easy. Having spent the best part of 20 years living in Bulgaria, and navigating my way through all the painful changes, I was […]