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While most Bulgarian weeklies can be firmly allocated to the area of entertainment, Tema sets the standards as a serious news magazine. The small but discerning editing team cultivates classic journalistic forms such as the reportage, commentaries and essays, and Tema has received several Bulgarian and foreign journalistic prizes as a result.

Medium: magazine
Political orientation: Not specified
Circulation: 10,000 (2010)
Frequency of publication: Weekly on Saturdays

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Publisher: Valeri Zapryanov
Area of distribution: Nationwide
Established: 2000

Phone: 00359-2-933 0910

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4 articles from this medium have been cited in the European press review by euro|topics.

1.  Tema - Bulgaria | Monday, May 30, 2011

Nabucco political pawn for Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is trying to cash in politically on its role as the main gas supplier in the EU's Nabucco pipeline project, concludes the news magazine Tema: "Until recently Azerbaijan was considered a secure main supplier for the Nabucco gas project. Now, however, Azerbaijani political expert Rasim Musambekov has commented: 'The Europeans are pressuring Azerbaijan to take part in Nabucco. But we won't obey them at any cost simply to please Europe.' The political price for Nabucco has been precisely calculated. The Azerbaijani want nothing more and nothing less than Europe's backing in resolving the so-called Karabakh Mountain Conflict with Armenia. ... This raises the question of whether Washington and Brussels are prepared to officially take sides with Azerbaijan just because Armenia has neither gas nor oil reserves."

2.  Tema - Bulgaria | Monday, November 22, 2010

Vesselina Sedlarska on people's withdrawal from politics

A growing number of Bulgarians are turning their backs on politics and withdrawing into themselves, writes Vessalina Sedlarska in the weekly Tema. But this trend can only lead to political disappointments, the columnist notes: "People who withdraw into themselves are the dream of every government. They weep silently in a corner, they carp and complain to their small circle of friends just to show that they understand what's going on around them, and above all to set themselves apart from those in power and show how different they are. They slog on and comfort themselves with the idea that it's all no fault of their own. But that's as far as it goes. They don't protest. They don't exert pressure. They don't try to find out who's responsible. They are doubtless the darlings of people in power, and of all those people who want to rise to power. Because people who withdraw into themselves are merely pretending they have no hope. They do have hope. And when someone comes along and presents himself as their great new beacon of hope, they're more than ready to believe him."

3.  Tema - Bulgaria | Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Roma fleeing poverty

France's deportations of Roma from Bulgaria and Romania has also focussed attention on the crushing poverty that is the real problem of the two EU newcomers, writes the weekly magazine Tema: "Thanks to Sarkozy the eurocrats have realised that shallow speeches at conferences on Roma integration won't get you very far. Without strategic action the very foundations of united Europe are in danger. Strategies must not only be geared toward improving the lives of the Roma, but also to improving social development as a whole in Bulgaria and Romania, the most backward of the EU states. ... Our dark-skinned compatriots flee the misery at home and seek refuge in orderly Europe. But isn't that what the more educated and law-abiding Bulgarians have long been doing? And isn't there a single cause for this trend, namely crippling poverty and the failure of the state to guarantee its citizens a dignified life?"

4.  Tema - Bulgaria | Monday, August 9, 2010

The Roma problem needs a pan-European answer

Given the French government's decision to deport illegal Roma back to their home countries, the weekly Tema proposes an alternative, European-wide approach: "The kinds of problems associated with the Roma are normally far from banal. But in their approach, the authorities are hiding behind arrogant and hypocritical excuses. That is how it is in Bulgaria, on both a regional and national level. And in France as well. ... This is why a pan-European debate about the Roma problem - which is increasingly a problem for the entire continent -  identifying the methods that work in various countries and consolidating resources, could launch a promising new approach. Otherwise nothing will change - we ship Roma back to Europe, and Europe sends them back to us. The problem with such journeys is that they don't go anywhere."

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