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The Bulgarian Community in Sydney

The Bulgarian Community and Culture Association "Rodina" is the focal point for Bulgarians and the Bulgarian culture in Sydney and New South Wales.  We organise regular BBQs, dances and social events as well as support the Bulgarian School in Sydney.  Our community includes people with Bulgarian heritage, partners of Bulgarians and people interested in the Bulgarian Culture.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  We also provide orientation and help for Bulgarians newly arrived in Sydney and New South Wales.

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Barekov-Led Party Coalition Splits, Leader Threatens to Quit Politics
Thursday, 24th July 2014

Bulgaria's nationalist VMRO is due to vote whether to leave the coalition headed by Bulgaria without Censorship, a party headed by MEP and former journalist Nikolay Barekov.

VMRO Chairman Krasimir Karakachanov announced the decision is to be taken at an intra-party vote on Thursday.

Members will also have their say about nationalists' plans to set up a so-called "Patriotic Front" with the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB).

The latter idea aims to create "a strong patriotic coalition which could provide an alternative at the forthcoming parliamentary elections...  [and] be a factor to stand up for Bulgarian national interests," private channel bTV quoted Barekov as saying. 

Bulgaria without Censorship (BWC) meanwhile declared intentions to run on its own at October 5's general elections.

Over the past hours the party has issued numerous statements to the media, citing "positions" of local BWC structures across Bulgaria insisting it should "go alone" at the vote. 

Barekov had previously invited NFSB to join his coalition, but the nationalists organization perceived as alternative to parliamentary Ataka (support for which has sharply plummeted in a year) turned down the offer.

On Sunday, former BWC Deputy Chairman Angel Slavchev also announced he was quitting the party, arguing it was not controlled by Barekov, but by controversial MEP Delyan Peevski. 

Commenting on the developments, the journalist-turned-politician Barekov, who has reiterated for months he is the next Bulgarian Prime Minister, threatened to withdraw from politics if "the Bulgarian media" does not grant him support. 

He described the potential VMRO-NSFB grouping as "a coalition of death".



Government Postpones Agreement With Westinghouse For Successors
Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

Bulgaria's Government left the signing of the agreement on the new unit of the Kozloduy NPP with the US company Westinghouse to their successors, report Bulgarian-language media. 

“The decision on the nomination of Bulgaria's European Commissioner is also left to the next government,” said vice PM Daniela Bobeva at a news conference after Wednesday's government session. 

She told journalists that the ministers discussed the project for the new Kozloduy unit, but agreed that the next government will have to confirm the support for the project and only then to sign an agreement, which, in Bobeva's words was worth USD 5 B.



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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW.  For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives.  We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria.  Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.