People smuggling in has become an industry worth billions of euros in Bulgaria. For the traffickers, the migrants are just a commodity. The refugee crisis has spawned this lucrative business opportunity.
Two men have been detained after two boats carrying 305 Syrian refugees arrived on the Mediterranean Island. The Turkish coast guard says it stopped 313 migrants this weekend trying to reach Balkan countries.
Few Europeans have heard of Momchilovtsi. But in China, the village conjures up images of mystery, wonder and longevity, having given its name to a kind of drinking yoghurt that is all the rage for Chinese consumers.
Attractive beaches, booked-out hotels, endless parties: tourism is booming in Bulgaria. Vacationers feel safe. The tourism industry is hoping for an exceptional season.
Bulgaria holds parliamentary elections on Sunday. Whatever the outcome, the next government would be well advised to continue the European course, says German Social Democrat politician Gernot Erler.
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