Brazen Bulgarian gangs "terrorise the elderly and rob them over their life savings with increasingly aggressive phone scams nettling millions of euros," according to an AFP story.
The prospect of US President Donald Trump's moving closer to Russia has scrambled the strategy of "balancing East and West" used for decades by countries like Bulgaria, the New York Times says.
Bulgarians have benefited a lot from their EU membership, with incomes rising and Brussels overseeing politicians, according to a New York Times piece.
German businesses prefer to trade with Bulgaria rather than invest into the country, an article on DW Bulgaria's website argues.
The truth about Bulgaria and Moldova's presidential elections is "more complicated" and should not be reduced to pro-Russian candidates winning, the Economist says.
President-elect Rumen Radev "struck a chord with voters by attacking the status quo and stressing issues like national security and migration," AFP agency writes after the presidential vote on Sunday.
Bulgaria "looks set to veer sharply back into Moscow's strategic orbit after Socialist candidate Rumen Radev won the presidency in a landslide on Sunday," Politico writes in a report on the country's presidential election.
President-elect Rumen Radev has largely benefited from a "groundswell of popular resentment against the GERB-led coalition" in Bulgaria, the Financial Times has said, citing analysts.
Socialist-backed presidential candidate Rumen Radev is on the brink of winning the election to become the next head of state, "in the process potentially upturning the apple cart of Bulgarian politics," the Financial Times writes.
It is worth remembering that "socialists were already Presidents of Bulgaria" but it remained a "docile" NATO member and implemented EU directives unperturbed, a Russian daily says.
Whoever wins the presidential election in Bulgaria, doubts will grow over the political future of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the Financial Times quotes commentators as saying.
The highly contested election for head of state in Bulgaria "could trigger political instability in the Black Sea state and push it towards closer ties with Russia," Reuters says.
Bulgaria is striving to catch up with central Europe and its shift to innovative and creative industries, the Financial Times says in a recent story.
"More hardened criminals" are taking on the lucrative task of shifting migrants in Bulgaria as border patros stiffen, the Wall Street Journal says.
With a million people, Bulgaria's capital Sofia is "delightfully livable, with fine architecture, lush parks and plenty of history," according to an article in the Seattle Times.
While praising German Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has also shown himself as a practical person ready to make his case outright, a piece in German newspaper Die Welt says.
Fear, rather than ambition, is driving Bulgaria's juggling act between Turkey, Russia and the EU, according to an analysis published by Balkan Insight, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)'s English-language website.
Deutsche Welle has published a news report, in which Ambra Montanari and Giovanni Piazzese tell the story of an Afghan man smuggling migrants into Serbia from Bulgaria last year.
Eight countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, have approved the shipment of weapons and ammunition worth at least EUR 1.2 B to the Middle East and Turkey since 2012, with some of the weapons ending up in the hands of Islamist fighters
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