Bulgarian minority honors age-old wedding rites

Feb 27, 2014

Bulgarian minority honors age-old wedding rites

The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria’s rural Pomak minority, and since they fell tough times in the European Union’s poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive. Nestled in the southern snow-capped Rhodope Mountains, ...

Romanian migrant becomes star in Britain

Jan 6, 2014

Romanian migrant becomes star in Britain

The British media had warned of a flood of new Bulgarian and Romanian migrants arriving on Jan. 1, but judging by this past week’s coverage, they only appeared to have found one. Victor Spirescu, a 30-year-old Romanian, has become an unexpected star after flying ...

Germany grapples with rush of immigrants from Bulgaria, Romania

Jan 5, 2014

Germany grapples with rush of immigrants from Bulgaria, Romania

Germany, Europe’s top economy, is grappling with how to handle immigration from poor EU members Romania and Bulgaria now that their citizens can seek work anywhere within the bloc. Restrictions that barred residents from the European Union’s two poorest states looking for jobs in ...

Gypsy girl's family wants her back with them

Oct 27, 2013

Gypsy girl's family wants her back with them

The Bulgarian Gypsy family of Maria, who wrongly was thought to be an abducted Western European child when she was recently found in Greece, wants her back but fears that social services will keep her. “Give us Maria! We will take her home and ...

DNA tests solve Maria mystery; true parents Roma couple

Oct 26, 2013

DNA tests solve Maria mystery; true parents Roma couple

The mystery is solved — but the future of the young girl known only as Maria is still uncertain. DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple living in an impoverished village with their nine other children are the biological parents of the ...

Bulgaria spikers sweep Japan in FIVB World Grand Prix

Aug 17, 2013

Bulgaria spikers sweep Japan in FIVB World Grand Prix

Bulgaria handed Japan its first defeat of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix, edging the hosts 25-23, 25-23, 31-29 at Sendai City Gymnasium on Friday. The match marked the first meeting between the nations in the World Grand Prix and the first time the ...

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

May 31, 2013

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

Japan lost back-to-back games for the first time under Alberto Zaccheroni as the Asian champion was beaten 2-0 by Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifying tuneup on Thursday evening.

Hezbollah behind bus bombing: Bulgaria

Feb 7, 2013

Hezbollah behind bus bombing: Bulgaria

Bulgaria blamed Hezbollah on Tuesday for a July 2012 bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists, leading to renewed calls on the European Union to declare the Lebanese movement a terrorist organization. “What we can make as a justified conclusion is that the two ...

Low turnout may invalidate Bulgarian nuclear referendum

Jan 28, 2013

Low turnout may invalidate Bulgarian nuclear referendum

A vote on whether to build a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, the EU member’s first referendum since the end of communism in 1989, looked set to fail Sunday because of insufficient turnout. Final exit poll counts showed that between 20.5 and 21.8 ...