Varna has become a Russian beachhead on the shores of Europe. The region may be profiting from Russian money now, but critics are warning of the future political costs.
Finding better-paid employment abroad is a common dream for medical students in Bulgaria. But Sheip Panev is driven by a challenge much closer to home, as Rayna Breuer reports.
Bulgaria is dependent on Russian gas, but it is also a member of NATO and the European Union. Straddling the gap between Moscow and Brussels has put the country in a foreign policy quagmire.
The relationship between the EU and Turkey has become very frosty. At their summit in Bulgaria, Turkish officials will discuss human rights and military operations with their EU counterparts.
As EU energy policy and its wider strategy vis-a-vis Russia come under the spotlight, some smaller EU members are taking energy policy into their own hands. Sofia's aim of buying Israeli gas could be a case in point.
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