Alexandre Kostov
Institutе of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology
(Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Abstract: The article is dedicated to the development of the trade relations between Bulgaria and Greece seen as part of the intra-regional economic ties prior to World War I. The two states had similar economic development, with pronounced domination of agriculture, but with certain differences as well. A specificity in their bilateral trade relations, compared to other examples from the region, was a factor of distinction between them that caused their particular development. Due to the shortage of domestic grain production Greece became a potential valuable market importing wheat and maize in particular. Before the Balkan Wars Bulgaria was the only Balkan nation that took advantage of this opportunity in view of the priorities in its foreign economic policy. The remarkable development of the Bulgarian exports to Greece and (owing to them) of the general trade, as a whole, between the two countries was even surprising against the backdrop of the issues in the bilateral political relations in the period under review.

Keywords: Bulgaria, Greece, Economic Relations, Foreign Trade, Grain Export


Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2017 N 4

Alexandre Kostov,
Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology

Abstract: The present article is devoted to the development of trade relations of China with two Balkan socialist countries - Bulgaria and Romania during the period 1950-1978, i. e. from the beginning of the bilateral economic relations between these partners to the end of the 1970s, when the serious changes in China’s economic development started. The comparative analysis is complemented by their comparison with China’s relations with the USSR and the Eastern European countries –members of CMEA. This approach aims to show the influence of the various factors, both political and economic, on the bilateral trade relations.

During the 1950s, the Chinese- Bulgarian and Chinese-Romanian trade were developing in a similar way, pre-determined by the similarity of the political and economic views in the three countries. In the beginning of the 1960s, serious differences appeared and during the period until 1978, Romania was gradually recognized not only as the most important economic partner of China among the European CMEA countries, but also as one of the largest trading partners of the enormous country in general. Bulgaria was just the opposite – its trade relations with China underwent extremely negative development and, as a result, it occupied an extremely modest position not only among the eastern European countries, but also in the foreign trade exchange of PRC.

The factors, which determined the two fundamentally different trends, were of political and economic nature. In general, they were determined by the attitude of Sofia and Bucharest to the Soviet Union, not only in relation to its conflict with the PRC. The role of the political factor should not be overestimated. The changes in Beijing’s foreign economic policy during the period under study also had a strong impact on the bilateral relations with Bulgaria and Romania. The same refers to Bucharest, whose foreign economic orientation greatly differed from that of Sofia.

Keywords: China, Bulgaria, Romania, Foreign Trade, CMEA


Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2016 N 4

Alexandre Kostov,
Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology

Abstract: The economic relations between Bulgaria and Italy since the end of the 19th century have been marked by periods of boom and stagnation. They have been influenced both by factors relevant to the internal development of the two countries and, to a large extent, by the situation in the Balkans and in Europe as a whole. Along these lines a period of indisputable interest is that between 1945 and 1953, which was characterized by post-war recovery, by economic and political transformations in both countries and on the Old Continent during the transition to the Cold War and its initial period.

This article seeks to trace the development of the trade and financial relations between Bulgaria and Italy in the period under consideration. It relies on materials from the Central State Archives (CSA) in Sofia, as well as on published documents and studies of Bulgarian and Italian origin.

Keywords: Bulgaria, Italy, Trade, Agreement, Cold War