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Sofia Central Railway Station weird English 2 photo copyright Clive Leviev-Sawyer
May 27, 2016, by The Sofia Globe staff

If Bulgaria does not already baffle you, prepare to be bamboozled by the buffoons responsible for what they imagine passes for “English” at the expensively revamped Sofia Central Railway Station. […]


Billy Bunter and the Brexit

May 23, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

Watching the Brexit circus from a safe distance in Greece, I can’t help feeling that I have seen it all before. I think it took place on British tel ...

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US ambassador: ‘Promoting economic growth is one of my top priorities’

May 20, 2016, by The Sofia Globe staff

United States ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin, who presented his credentials to President Plevneliev earlier this year, addressed an American Chambe ...

Bust of Todor Zhivkov at the Museum of Socialist Art Sofia Bulgaria photo copyright Clive Leviev-Sawyer The Sofia Globe

Tato – The man and the myth

May 20, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

In September 1997, I concluded an interview with the last surviving East European communist dictator, ex – President Todor Zhivkov of Bulgaria. ...

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    Patrick Brigham: Stop apologising
    May 13, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    It seems that the stiff upper lip of yore has recently been replaced by a trembling, somewhat flabby chin. All too frequently these days, we are beset by the embarrassing […]

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    A Turkish reshuffle spells trouble for Europe
    May 11, 2016, by Asli Aydintasbas of the ECFR

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s sudden departure from the corridors of power may not necessarily mark an end to the refugee deal with Europe — but it will certainly raise […]

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    Getting Bulgarian railway tours on track
    May 5, 2016, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Much about Bulgarian state railways BDZ seems to stop a bit short of the platform. It is not that BDZ is bad, and nor is this rail enthusiast about to […]

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    Nationalism vs Brexit
    April 29, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    I can’t vote in the forthcoming referendum, to determine Great Britain’s future in Europe, and so I reserve the right to say what I like. To me the whole matter […]

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    Communism and self-esteem
    April 23, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    Perceived from the sitting rooms of suburban England or even from a press office in Canary Wharf, the ex-communist countries of Europe remain an anathema to most. With an absurd […]

  • A meeting of the Council of Presidents, convened by President Plevneliev earlier in January 2015. From left, former president Georgi Purvanov, President Plevneliev, former presidents Zhelyu Zhelev and Petar Stoyanov.
    Looking back again on Bulgaria
    April 19, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    President Zhelyu Zhelev was an enigma to me. I had watched him on TV in Bulgaria during the early nineties, performing official tasks, much as his predecessor Zhivkov had done. […]