How is Romanian literature received in Southern Dobruja?

Hristo Boev and Bogdan Boeru (source: Hristo Boev)

Bulgarian translator Hristo Boev’s presentation in Craiova discusses a variety of his translated titles and their promotional events

On 27-28 August 2021, a cross-border and trans-Danube literary festival was held at the Craiova County Library, bringing together intellectuals from Romania and Bulgaria. The Bridge of Friendship blog offers here the transcript of perhaps the only event within the festival that had a Romanian-Bulgarian character. It is the presentation of Hristo Boev – translator of Romanian literature, who offered pictures and stories about his work in recent years. The discourse takes place as photos from Boev’s presentation are changed on the screen in the American corner of the library.

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Tourists are welcome in the only campsite in Rusenski Lom Nature Park

The camping ”Koukeri” (source: Katerina Koleva)

We talk to its founder, Katerina Koleva, about tourism in Rusenski Lom Nature Park and the conditions the campsite offers

Vladimir Mitev

Mrs Koleva, in May 2021 you opened the only campsite in the Ruse region, located in the village of Koshov in the Rusenski Lom Nature Park. Why has this part of Bulgaria had no campsites until now and how will your project contribute to the development of tourism in this area?

In general, campsites in Bulgaria are not among the most numerous and popular places to stay, which is good in a way because it preserves and maintains the idea of staying and sleeping in the middle of nature itself. Of course, the Black Sea coast is known for its wonderful natural givens for campin, but recently the rest of the country has also started to offer quite good conditions for travellers with their own caravans or tents. As for our area and why it didn’t have camping before, I don’t think I could answer that question. I think this is partly because potential investors are not aware of the region and its possibilities. And it is known that camping is relatively easy to access, which probably implies a concern for the investor that their investment will have a very slow return. In our case, the issue was a bit different – I have been working in the tourism receiver business for several years and our experience has shown that there is a demand for this type of facility. So, about three years ago, we decided (as a family) to take the plunge and set up a campsite, thus trying to draw the attention of local and foreign tourists to the Rusenski Lom Nature Park area, where we are located and which, unfortunately, is still a too little known treasure.

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Bulgarian foreign policy discussions after the Borissov era

Valentin Radomirski (source: Facebook)

Two veteran analysts commented on topics on which Bulgaria has been active in international relations – the Three Seas Initiative and Bulgarian-Macedonian relations

Vladimir Mitev

After long-serving Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov fell from power, a period of assessment of his legacy is underway. One of the fields in which it is being carried out is international relations.

Bulgarian foreign policy was non-existent for 12 years. It had dissolved into the European one. The Bulgarian Foreign Minister did not go to Brussels with a position to come back with a decision. He would get a decision there and come back to Bulgaria with a position.

This is how foreign policy analyst Lyubomir Kyuchukov described Bulgarian foreign policy under Boyko Borissov during the presentation of the book “Where is Europe Heading to?” at the Kanev Center in Ruse on July 1, 2021. Together with the former ambassador to the UK, the speakers were diplomat Biserka Benisheva and international relations lecturer Nina Dyulgerova.

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The American and the Russian-centered worlds rearrange balances so that Central and Eastern Europe enter in the era of Biden — The Persian Bridge of Friendship – Персийският мост на приятелството – Podul Persan al Prieteniei – پل دوستی فارسی

Bulgarian-Russian relations are really at a low point. However, this is not so much due to internal dynamics as to the international context in which the two countries find themselves

The American and the Russian-centered worlds rearrange balances so that Central Eastern Europe enter in the era of Biden — The Persian Bridge of Friendship – Персийският мост на приятелството – Podul Persan al Prieteniei – پل دوستی فارسی