Bulgaria is located in the southeast part of the Balkans. The country borders on the Black Sea, which attracts tourists all year round.
Bulgaria came under the Soviet sphere of influence after WWII, and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist rule ended in 1990, and the country again held multiparty elections, moving toward a political democracy and market economy. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.
Europe’s biggest minority is the Roma who face widespread discrimination. Many live in ghetto like settlements which are sometimes threatened with demolition by authorities. Kids often have to go to segregated schools and don't find a job after their education because of their ethnicity. But some Roma are making their way out of poverty and segregation. Lea Albrecht met two of them in Brussels.