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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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Bulgarian Socialist Leader Heads to Moscow for Ruling Party Congress
Sunday, 26th June 2016

Korneliya Ninova, the recently elected leader of the socialist opposition in Bulgaria, begins a two-day visit to Moscow on Sunday, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)'s press office says.

Ninova was earlier invited to head a BSP delegation to attend the 15th congress of United Russia, the ruling party in the country whose former leader is President Vladimir Putin.

The socialist leader, who like her predecessors advocates rapprochement with Russia despite EU sanctions imposed over the developments in Ukraine, will attend the same round table discussion ("World in 2016.  Challenges and Threats") has Georgi Parvanov, the leader of rivaling ABV party.

Left-wing ABV, headed by Parvanov, splintered off the BSP in 2014.

Parvanov, who served as Bulgaria's President between 2002 and 2012, announced on Saturday he would also be attending.

Unlike the BSP and ABV, United Russia embraced a rather conservative ideology late in the 2000s.

 



Bulgaria Nationalist Leader Calls for EU In/Out Referendum after Brexit
Saturday, 25th June 2016

Nationalist leader Volen Siderov on Friday urged Bulgarian authorities to consider a referendum on the country's EU membership.

In a statement from Parliament's rostrum, Siderov argued that his Ataka party's theses on the downsides of the EU had been accepted by countries "as far [from Bulgaria] as Britain".

"Eight or nine years after [Bulgaria's accession] the Bulgarian is just as poor," Siderov told lawmakers, pointing out that Brussels had forced Sofia into closing nuclear reactors and cutting trade with "much of the world".

"An all of that was called prosperity," the leader noted.

He also referred to Britain as a US fifth column.  "Could it be that the UK's exit from the EU means something bad is being prepared in Europe?," he asked rhetorically, in an apparent reference to NATO's decision to bolster its eastern flank in view of potential aggression coming from Russia.

A vast majority of Bulgarians back the country's EU membership, which began in 2007.  On Friday, after results were announced of the Brexit referendum, Prime Minister Borisov joked one day Bulgaria, Romania and Greece might end up being the only EU member states, in an apparent reference to broad support for the union among their citizens.

Siderov's Ataka party has long advocated closer ties between Bulgaria and Russia, urging the former to quit both NATO and the EU.



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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.