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Mind Your Manners: Managing Business Culture in the New Global Europe by John Mole

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BALKAN COUNTRIES

 

Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s population of almost 9 million is mainly ethnic Bulgarian, with a Turkish minority in the south. For 500 years it was part of the Ottoman Empire. With Russian assistance it extricated itself from Ottoman rule in 1878, although it continued to tussle with Turkey, Romania, Serbia, and Greece over Macedonia and Thrace until 1945. The primary goal of reclaiming these two territories led it to ally with the losing side in both world wars. Under communism, central planning, collectivization, and state planning were rigorous and thorough.

After Soviet withdrawal from eastern Europe in 1989, political parties were reestablished, confiscated property restored, and privatization started. A new constitution was enacted ...

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