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

Building Bridges: The Danube Connection in Bulgarian-Romanian Relations

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History of the efforts of Bulgaria and Romania for transport interconnection over the river

Aneta Mihaylova

Institute of Balkan Studies with Center for Thracology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

An earlier version of this article was presented at the joint Bulgarian-Romanian historical commission, whose secretary from the Bulgarian side is the author. The text was given exclusively to the blog “The Bridge of Friendship” and will become a part of a digital book on Bulgarian-Romanian political relations from 1878 until today. 

The idea of ​​building a bridge over the Danube, connecting Bulgaria and Romania has a long history and, although with varying intensity, it has been permanently present in the bilateral relations from the end of the 19th to the present day. If we are not to go so much back to the time of Constantine the Great, when the first bridge over the Danube connecting the people on both sides of the river, but focus on more modern times, the issue was raised during the time of Ottoman rule and after the Crimean War (1853-56) it became an integral part of the diplomacy and politics in the Balkans and a number of European countries. The construction of a bridge over the Danube was associated with the first plans for railway construction in the Ottoman Empire and the implementation of a land connection between Western and Central Europe to the Balkan Peninsula with access to the Aegean Sea. In 1881, only three years after the Liberation of Bulgaria, the first contacts were established between the Bulgarian principality and Romania, where the possibility of building a bridge over the Danube was discussed. Since then, this issue has become one of the constant topics in the relations between the two neighboring countries, but it has turned out to be very difficult to solve and it takes more than seven decades for this idea to be realized in practice. Another six decades were to pass before a second bridge was built over the Danube, connecting the Bulgarian and Romanian riverbanks. Negotiations for the construction of new bridges between the two countries continue to this day, and the prospects for success are not very clear.

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Ruse Summer Free Tour starts on 1 May 2021 for a sixth consecutive summer

Ruse Summer Free Tour will be guiding its guests for sixth consecutive year (source: Ruse Summer Free Tour)

This text is a press release of Ruse Summer Free Tour.

The free walking tours in Rousse, known as Ruse Summer Free Tour, launch on 1 May 2021 for a sixth consecutive summer in a row. The tours are intended to both Bulgarian and foreign guests as well as the residents of Rousse, and their route passes by the most popular buildings and places in the central parts of the city.

As with the previous three seasons, this year too the tours will take place every Saturday from May to September at 6:00PM from the Statue of Liberty where professionals and enthusiasts from the tourist industry in the region will tell the stories and city legends behind the places visitors will go by during the tours.

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Bulgaria and Romania must work together to attract foreign investors in the region under the Three Seas Initiative

The member states of the Three Seas Initiative (source: Jacbourg, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Bulgarian foreign minister Ekaterina Zaharieva met with the Romanian ambassador in Sofia Brânduşa Predescu

This text is based on a press release by the Bulgarian ministry of foreign affairs, sent out to media on 14 April 2021.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva met with the newly appointed Ambassador of Romania to Bulgaria Brânduşa Predescu, with whom they discussed cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the Three Seas Initiative. The two interlocutors agreed that Bulgaria and Romania should work actively to attract foreign investors to the region.

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How do European countries and Romania view Bulgaria after the April 2021 parliamentary elections?

Sorin Ioniţă (source: The Bridge of Friendship)

Interviews of the Bulgarian National Radio with the Romanian political scientist Sorin Ioniţă and with the Bulgarian foreign policy analyst Lyubomir Kyuchukov about the changing balance between technocrats and populists in the Bulgarian politics, about the possible effect of the elections on the Bulgarian-Macedonian relations and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

Vladimir Mitev

In its edition of 12 April 2021, the program “Something More” on the program “Horizon” on the Bulgarian National Radio sought an answer to the question of what Bulgarian politics looks like when viewed from the outside. There were two comments on the issue: of the Romanian political scientist Sorin Ioniţă (in a conversation with Vladimir Mitev) and of the Bulgarian foreign policy expert Lyubomir Kyuchukov (in a conversation with Georgi Markov).

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The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism can encourage Bulgarian-Romanian interaction

The poster of the podcast Rule of Law Rules (source: https://rolr.podigee.io/)

The founder of the “Bridge of Friendship” blog gave an interview to the podcast of the Konrad Adenauer Romania Foundation about the rule of law in Bulgaria and Bulgarian-Romanian relations

Vladimir Mitev

Vladimir Mitev was invited as a guest on the podcast Rule of Law Rules of the Konrad Adenauer Romania Foundation. In the episode released on April 7, 2021, Vladimir spoke about the rule of law in Bulgaria, the over-personalized political system (under the aegis of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov), the prosecution, which is in question, and public sentiment about the rule of law and anti-corruption discourse. In addition, Vladimir spoke about the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and how it could influence Bulgarian-Romanian relations by allowing the two countries to have their own initiative internationally.

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