The Bulgarian Rose Festival in Kazanlak

The festival of rose in Kazanlak (foto:

This article was published originally on the Chinese travel blog and is republished here with the consent of the author.

Chapman Wong,

If we think about the Netherlands as the land of tulips, if Japan is associated with cherry blossoms, then Bulgaria’s most deeply rooted flower must be roses. In the beginning of summer every year, in the town of Kazanlak, the center of the Valley of Roses, the Rose Festival is held. Through the fragrance of flowers the festival attracts travellers around the world.

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The rise and fall of Liviu Dragnea

Liviu Dragnea (photo: Flickr, Social Democratic Party, CC BY 2.0)

Two conflicting demonisations had been taking place în the last two years and a half în Romania – one against the justice and the other – against the jailed leader of the Social Democratic Party

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 4 June 2019 on the site of the Bulgarian newspaper ”Word”. It is published here in its complete form. 

Romanian politics is more dynamic than the Bulgarian one and often manages to mobilise public action. While the last ten years pass in Bulgaria under the aegis of the so-called “stability”, at the northern neighbours there are constantly turning points in political life. Such a turning point were also the European elections on 26 May 2019.

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Florin Grecu: The youth has predetermined the political change in Romania with its vote on 26 May

Florin Grecu (photo: Florin Grecu)

An interview with the Romanian political scientist from the Hyperion University in Bucharest on the European elections and the condemnation of Liviu Dragnea – what happened and what should we expect in the near future

Vladimir Mitev

Florin Grecu is a lector doctor in the Hyperion University in Bucharest. He teaches political science – political parties, electoral analysis, European governance, international governance. He has graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at the Bucharest University. His doctorate thesis is ”The construction of an unique party: The National Renaissance Front”.

Mr. Grecu, at the European parliamentary elections in Romania we have observed a great mobilisation of the right-wing forces, while the electorate of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) didn’t mobilise. Why did the first mobilisation take place and why the second one didn’t happen?

What we talk about is a mobilisation of the pro-referendum (on justice – note of the translator) forces, especially of the right-wing parties and a weaker mobilisation of the anti-referendum camp, while the president Klaus Iohannis connected the referendum on justice with the European parliamentary elections. A paradoxical situation unfolded. PSD fell down, while PNL won. The explanation is that a lot of PSD mayors didn’t agree with Liviu Dragnea’s policies and supported other parties – PNL (member of European People’s Party – vote of the translator), Pro Romania (the party of former PSD leader Victor Ponta who withdrew from PSD – note of the translator). Not only the referendum was validated, but the European parliamentary elections were won by the right-wing forces – PNL and USR/Plus. Now there is a motive for vote of inconfidence against the government Dancila.

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Dessislava Pencheva: Visa Agency fights against the obstacles to labour mobility between Bulgaria and Romania

Dessislava Pencheva (photo: Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Inteview with the administrative manager of the Visa Agency for Cross-Border Labour Mobility on what was achieved in the last two years, on what were the effects of the project for the people in the cross-border region and what the future activity of the agency will be

Vladimir Mitev

Dessislava Pencheva is the administrative manager of the Visa Agency for Cross-Border Labour Mobility. She has been a part of the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BRCCI)’s team for almost 16 years. She speaks Romanian, English and Russian language and has graduated from the Economic Academy in Svishtov.

BRCCI is the only specialised organisation, which has the resources and the experience to help with information, advice and market consultation firms, which want to make business on the Bulgarian and Romanian market. BRCCI’s team has developed the project “Visa – Agency for cross-border labour mobility” for two years, taking account of the Bulgarian and Romanian companies’ need for personnel.

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A ballet gala took place on the scene of Theatre Tudor Vianu in Giurgiu

Mizuki Higashino and Masaki Takada from the Ballet of State Opera Rousse on the scene in Giurgiu (photo: Cornel Calagiu)  

The Ballet of the State Opera Rousse has interpreted classical and contemporary ballet fragments in Giurgiu

This text is a press release by the Theatre Tudor Vianu Giurgiu.

Călin Şabac

I haven’t read any announcements for visits in Giurgiu of classical and contemporary ballet teams in the last 20 years. And now, as a result of an inspiring cultural cooperation between the Theatre “Tudor Vianu” in Giurgiu and the State Opera in Rousse on the day of 22 April 2019 we hosted on the scene of Giurgiu a real ballet gala. Famous fragments from 20 masterpieces of the universal ballet heritage were interpreted by 30 ballet dancers from the Bulgarian neighbouring city. The public of Giurgiu applauded the impressive performances of the Bulgarian dancers numerous times.

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Ruse Summer Free Tour Starts on 4th May 2019 for a Fourth Consecutive Summer

(photo: Ruse Summer Free Tour)

This text represents a press release by the Ruse Summer Free Tour. 

The free walking tours in Rousse, known as Ruse Summer Free Tour, launch on 4 May 2019 for a fourth 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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We saw the Bulgarian politicans’ housing. Where is their housing policy?

The poster to the “festival” of right to housing, which took place in Cluj Napoca in March 2019 (photo: Social Houses Now)

There is a rising movement for right to housing for all in European countries, including in neighbouring Romania. In Bulgaria the issue of social housing continues to be taboo

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 11 April 2019 on the Bulgarian section of the site “The Barricade”. 

In the context of the apartment scandals, which have shaken the Bulgarian governing elite, few people notice that Bulgarian politicians have taken a good care of their own housing interests, but have ignored completely their obligations towards society. Namely – they have ignored the need for conducting a state and municipal housing policy, which exists in all the civilised European countries. The few municipal houses, which have remained in use in the big cities, have been left “to their own means”. There are almost no new houses constructed, which get built only if some occasional European project funds are to be absorbed. At the same time hundreds of thousands Bulgarians suffer under the burden of rents, whose payment demands almost half of a medium salary in the country.

In this context it is almost unknown in Bulgaria that there is a right to city and right to housing movement, which unfolds in Europe. It defines housing as “right”, not as “goods”. This movement opposes the rising prices of rent in the big European cities, supports the construction of social housing, which are public property, defends the rights of the homeless and is an attempt for protection of public interest against the deviations of the real estate market.

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