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.
Attractive beaches, booked-out hotels, endless parties: tourism is booming in Bulgaria. Vacationers feel safe. The tourism industry is hoping for an exceptional season.
Germany and Austria's interior ministers have accused private initiatives to save refugees in the Mediterranean of intentionally working with people smugglers. The accusation has sparked outrage and may not even be true.
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.
Bulgarians have backed two-time premier Boyko Borisov in a snap election. With newcomer populist groups also claiming seats, Borisov must form a coalition from a fragmented legislature.
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