Bulgaria and Romania Are (Finally) Getting to Know Each Other

A Romanian church at the zone of the Iron Gate on the Danube (source: Pexels, CC0)

For decades in the 20th century, Bulgarians and Romanians, two neighboring nations sharing 609 kilometers of border, knew little of each other. Today, 15 years after the two countries became members of the larger European family, things are changing for the better

Galina Ganeva

This article was published on 14 September 2022 at the Polish site 3seaseurope.com.

“There are probably not many Bulgarians who know that, apart from mamaliga, or polenta, Romanian cuisine is almost identical to what we proudly call traditional Bulgarian cuisine. The Easter bread Kozunak (they even call it the same) and sarmi, stuffed vine or cabbage leaves on Christmas, which they call sarmale. We have many similar sayings. Why do we not know about these similarities?,” wonders Maria Stanimirova-Hazday, a Bulgarian translator of the Romanian language.

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България и Румъния (най-накрая) се опознават

В продължение на десетилетия през ХХ век българите и румънците от две съседни държави, които имат 609 км обща граница, са знаели много малко един за друг. Днес, 15 години след като двете страни станаха членове на голямото европейско семейство, нещата се променят към по-добро

Галина Ганева

Този текст бе публикуван на 14 септември 2022 г. на полския уебсайт 3SeasEurope.com.

“Вероятно не много българи знаят, че с изключение на мамалигата или полентата, румънската кухня е почти идентична с това, което с гордост наричаме традиционна българска кухня. Великденски хляб “Козунак” (дори го наричат по същия начин – “козонак”) и сарми, лозови или зелеви листа, пълнени на Коледа, които наричат “сармале”. Имаме много подобни поговорки. Защо не знаем за тези прилики?”, пита Мария Станимирова-Хаздай, преводач от български на румънски език.

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Mihai Isac: At the political level, Bulgarian and Romanian elites do not trust each other

Mihai Isac (source: Mihai Isac)

People from both countries should develop projects that will contribute to better mutual knowledge and understanding between Bulgarians and Romanians

Vladimir Mitev

The third part of the interview with Mihai Isac looks at Bulgarian-Romanian relations and what could improve them given the lack of trust between the countries and their elites. “Our history books do not teach us about our cooperation over time”, says Mihai Isac. He also looks at the specifics of Bulgarian-Romanian relations – on a political and interpersonal level. According to Isac, the two countries are at the forefront of the current geopolitical confrontation in the Black Sea region. And anyone who expects NATO to withdraw after the end of the conflict in Ukraine is very much mistaken.

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