European Affairs Minister Marries Bulgaria NATO Secretary General Candidate

Society | February 15, 2009, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 12
Bulgaria European Affairs Minister Marries Bulgaria NATO Secretary General Candidate: European Affairs Minister Marries Bulgaria NATO Secretary General Candidate Gergana Grancharova married Solomon Passy in a civil ceremony in Sofia. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The Bulgarian Minister of European Affairs, Gergana Grancharova, has become Gergana Passy after getting married to the ex- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Solomon Passy, in a surprise ceremony on St Valentine's Day, bTV reported late Saturday.

The couple tied the knot at a civil ceremony in Sofia surrounded by relatives and close friends.

Solomon Passy was again in the news last week after being announced as Bulgaria's candidate for NATO Secretary General, a move that caused controversy abroad as his was the first nomination to be put forward, which is usually done behind closed doors.
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Uchak - 17 Feb 2009 // 20:59:31

Creepy you ever think driving out young Bulgarians is intentional? as in policy,
I think so, that way politico mafia keeps hold of things, no calls for reform or reform movements,
also unemplyment goes down as people leave and send back money earning hard currency for BG....

NellieotAmerica - 17 Feb 2009 // 16:14:25


Ah, so! GG has been married before too! Didn't know. They are both attractive and charming for Bulgarians. He is not that old, give him time. He might get divorced and remarried a few times more. But he should stay with GG if he can, this one's a keeper. Very pretty and intelligent - for a Bulgarian slut. lol

JKS - 17 Feb 2009 // 12:11:29

It is good to hear that you are happy to be back.

For me the bureaucracy was frustrating but expected since I am a foreigner. I can imagine being Bulgarian and still having to go through the hoops like a foreigner would feel like they don't want you to come "home".

After I started working a my language school I discovered I had a lot of "connections" through the students. It seems the only way to get things done.

CreepyS - 17 Feb 2009 // 10:19:39


I came home to work, live and try to do something positive - isnt that normal? For me everything is ok - Im fine. Im Bulgarian and know the negative sides since Im born. I guess a foreigner will have much harder time here.

For some reason all foreigners thought I was doing the right thing and all Bulgarians thought I went mad. Funny, isnt it?

CreepyS - 17 Feb 2009 // 10:11:23

btw it is not so much frustration that I express in my posts but simple observations and facts - things that I see with my own eyes and hear with my own ears.

Now, if the observations and the facts sound frustrating, this is not my fault - maybe it is because the things in BG ARE indeed frustrating for anyone who wants to see this country to be "normal" one day. And this day is not tomorrow.

Dutch - 17 Feb 2009 // 10:10:21

"Overall, the positive changes are there but are less, far less than one would expect after the EU accession and this is dissapointing."

I guess you knew this beforehand? Yet you decided to come back to BG....which is respectable as you also could have decided to stay abroad where you possibly could live an easier life with a lot less obstacles. Just that mentality is needed in BG....people showing they are no quitters, not looking for the easy way out, but instead try to contribute to improvements. The attempt is already a contribution by itself.

CreepyS - 17 Feb 2009 // 09:51:32


In fact Im pretty happy to be back home - home is home. But there are so many things to do that one doesnt know where to start from. Overall, the positive changes are there but are less, far less than one would expect after the EU accession and this is dissapointing.

What I hate most here is the BG bureaucracy and stupid laws - I dont know what the parliament guys are doing and how the state administration is functioning but BG is in breach of many EU laws - for example if you are Bulgarian who spent more time abroad and come back to work in BG, you have problems with everything - to get health insurance, to have recognized the years you worked abroad and even to have recognized a PhD degree from an EU country.

Everything here is done to make BG people leave the country but nothing is done to make them come back. Brilliant, isnt it?

JKS - 17 Feb 2009 // 09:30:46

Hey Creepster,

When I read your posts you seem to be really frustrated about being back home. Are you happy about anything? It has to be good being able to speak your language right? What were some of the things you missed?

CreepyS - 17 Feb 2009 // 09:03:24

Its nothing - a tabloid journalist would write that both are divorced with one child from previous marriage, that Moni married for the first time when he was 40 or so with a divorced woman with two children, and that the new couple often met in bars and night clubs in sofia - things like that.

Im not sure what Moni wants to do with this marriage - at his age it will be difficult to match the former German chancelor Schroeder whose nicknames were Mr Audi and the Lord of the Rings because at the time he married and divorced 4 times.

pk - 16 Feb 2009 // 18:36:58


Is this News or Tabloid journalism?

Buddy - 16 Feb 2009 // 09:11:24

LOL!!! So that old lolly pop prefers a lamb with bulgarian and NATO friends instead of ramsmeet alone.
Pretty soon he will walk on the streets looking for somebody to say hello instead of spiting on him.
Yea sayers are still on the march but soon all of them will be on the run....

xNELLIEx - 15 Feb 2009 // 18:45:48

The newest Bulgarian power couple.

He already was married and has 3 children. He dumped his wife for her? She is his trophy wife. She does not look like a breeder, probably too old anyway.

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