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  issue 5, year XX, 2013

Martin Zeil
prescriptions for prosperity
Interview by Nevena Dragostinova

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Dr. Mitko Vassilev
The key to success
Interview by Nevena Dragostinova

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Bavaria is fundamental for the German economy
By Dobromir Tsolyov

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What do companies like Adidas, Allianz, Audi, BMW or Siemens have in common? Without doubt, they are famous worldwide and approved institutions in their field. These companies penetrated into our daily lives a long time ago and they have been constantly convincing the world in the value of German quality ever since. But there is also something else: the homeland of all of them and many other global leaders is the Federal Province of Bavaria. Bavaria has been the motive power of the German economy for a long time thanks to its trumps: a rapid-growing industry, a marked export orientation and the constant drive for innovations.

Bavaria-Bulgaria, Bulgaria-Bavaria or B2B (Business-to-Business) in new reading
By Nevena Dragostinova

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The age-old history of Bavaria

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Everything about Bavaria today is the consequence of centuries of development in different areas - culture, industry, education and society. Apart from the beautiful castles and sights, Bavarian history is characterized by the sense of duty, honor and the successful governance of the country. All of this makes the province a place with rich history, natural beauty and developed, well-managed economy.

Dual education: the bavarian decision about coping with youth unemployment
By Dobromir Tsolyov

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In order to be hired, they need to have working experience. In order to gather working experience, they need to be hired. In other words, the period of adaptation from the field of education to career reality for the young people of the EU seems like walking in circles. The several years of absorbing theoretical knowledge that young Europeans spend often seem to be less valuable for their employers than just a few months of practical experience. The economic and financial crisis of the last few years, from which the EU has started to recover, made finding a place to work more difficult as it seems to be.

The project "Burgas - Degendorf" - a professional chance for young Bulgarians

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Young people from Burgas are studying and working in Bavaria as part of the "Burgas-Degendorf" project. The project started in 2011 and it enables the participants from Burgas to receive their professional education in the area of Degendorf, Bavaria. The Bulgarian partners in the project are the Professional High School of Tourism "Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov" and the Professional High school of Polytechnics in Burgas. "Burgas - Degendorf" is very well accepted by high-schoolers, who are interested in the opportunities it offers.

Bavarian flooding in 2013

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For the last eleven years, this is the second time that Bavaria has been struck by a flood. Questions about the reasons and who is responsible for this disaster are the subject of intensive public discussion in Germany. Despite the damage for billions of euro and the devastation and panic that dominated the country, with everybody’s help - the citizens’ and the officials’, Bavaria managed to cope with the disaster.

It’s all about Wagner in Bayreuth
By Elena Dragostinova

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Do you remember the children’s game of collocations? You say a word and the respondent should answer with another word in association with yours. This goes on until you drag in one after another which came out from a single source. You even mark the fundamental points in the whole story. Finally, you wonder about the possibility of draining the synonyms - where you started and where you ended up. Nowadays Bayreuth is a synonym to Richard Wagner and the annual Bayreuth Festival, at which performances of operas by the 19thcentury is a proof for it.

Munich - Bavaria’s cosmopolitan city

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Anyone who has been to Munich at least once has surely been delighted by the city’s incredible atmosphere. Castles, churches, museums, festivals, exhibitions, cafés, boutiques and perfectly maintained parks are only a part of all that remains in one’s memories and becomes a good reason to come again. Munich is a model for Europe - rich in history, with breath-taking views and hundreds of places to visit.

The devil’s step in the Frauenkirche Cathedral

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Frauenkirche or the St. Virgin Mary Cathedral can be seen on every postcard of Munich and has been a symbol of the city for centuries. The most beautiful view of the Bavarian capital and the Bavarian Alps is revealed from the cathedral’s 99-meter- high Gothic towers. This is the place where nobody is ever going to be above you - the Germans took care about this with a special law that prohibits the construction of buildings in the central area of the city that could obstruct the view from the top of the Frauenkirche. In this way the cathedral can be seen from every part of Munich as its bells call on everybody to turn their eyes towards it. It was Count Sigismund that laid the foundation stone of the cathedral in 1468. Before that there had been a smaller temple that had to be removed because it was not considered impressive enough for the new purpose of the church. That is why the new cathedral has been designed to accommodate up to 20 000 people.

The charm of Nuremberg

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Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest city, is located on both sides of the river Pegnitz and covers an area of 186,5 km2. For centuries the Reichswald forest has enjoyed a special protection - in older times as the primary wood source for the Free City-State and today as a place for rest and the city’s “lung". In the northern part of the city is located Knoblauchsland, where fresh vegetables are produced. Nuremberg is almost a thousand years old. On July 16, 1050 in Norenberk (the city’s old name) the liberation of a peasant named Zigena was documented. This date of the first written mentioning of Nuremberg is considered as the city’s foundation date. During the Middle Ages the city was chosen as the place from where every newly elected German king had to rule in his first day and where the royal insignia were kept.

The Bavarian castles you should visit
By Maria Angelova

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During the Middle Ages in Europe people were living rather differently than today. The reason for this is mainly the feudal system that was in full vigor by the time. If we put the common people aside, we can clearly see the issues of the nobles - namely who would build a bigger and a more beautiful castle. It is something like a medieval analogy of today’s common competition “who is going to build bigger house".

Ludwig II and the golden century of Bavarian culture
By Ognian Stamboliev

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Ludwig II of Bavaria is among the most eccentric crowned persons in world history. He was born on August 25, 1845 in Munich. He succeeded to the throne after his father’s death when he was 18 years old. He was raised in the countryside, in the family castle Hohenschwangau, by his mother and a few servants. Louis grew as a romantic teenager; he adored music and poetry and was completely unprepared to rule the country. When he was introduced for the first time in the royal court, everybody was amazed. The young king was exceptionally handsome, almost 2 meters tall, with long black rolling hair and crystal blue eyes. The Bavarians called him “The prince from the fairytales".

Just like the knights do

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Myths of brave knights riding houses and defending a noble cause arouse our interest even today, centuries after their existence. The annual festival “Knights Tournament" in the castle of Kaltenberg is the biggest of its kind that can carry you away to the exciting world of knights.

Oktoberfest - Munich’s beer euphoria
By Maria Angelova

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There must be a reason why over 6 million people from all parts of the world gather in Munich for the Oktoberfest each year, crossing hundreds of kilometers and flying over oceans and continents. And indeed there is. Except for beer, sausages and men’s leather pants much over the proper count, the biggest beer festival has a year-long story that is worthy of a novel.

Bavarian symbols - Dirndl and Lederhose

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Bavaria and the Austrian Alps always remind us of beautiful girls wearing white shirts and circular cut dresses as well as men in leather pants and hats. Nowadays these traditional costumes are typically worn at festivals and celebrations, and tourists buy them as a souvenir or to wear them for example at the next beer festival they visit. The so-called Lederhose (traditional male pants) and Dirndl (traditional women costume) are a symbol for Bavarians just like the kilt in Scotland and the cowboy hat in the USA.

Special dishes form Southern Bavaria

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We would like to present to you several dishes from Bavaria that you can cook by yourself and taste the rich and varied flavor from this part of Germany. We also recommend a “half" of German beer for a complete Bavarian experience.

Bavaria’s famous people

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Albrecht Dürer
Richard Strauss
Ludwig Erhard
Bertolt Brecht
Adolf & Rudolf Dassler
Hans Zeil
Benedict XVI
Franz Beckenbauer

Photo atelier presents: Unforgettable sights in Bavaria

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Every trip to Bavaria leaves you with unforgettable memories, hundreds of pictures and the feeling that there is a reason to come back again. Centuries-old buildings, breath-taking views and the amazing mixture of historic and modern complete the desire to leave everything behind and melt in this cozy atmosphere.

Litart presents:
Michael Krüger

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Ricarda Huch

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Atelier presents: Desislav Gechev - Between the graphic and ex libris

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Irena Parashkevova - "Every new pattern is an experiment for me"

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Translated by: Nelli Leteyska
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