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Barbara Oertel Photo: private BARBARA OERTEL 

studied Political Science and Eastern Slavic Languages in Hamburg, Paris and St. Petersburg. She completed her Master’s degree in Frankfurt/Oder and Sofia in the field of Media and Intercultural Communications. She then was an intern with the Nordkurier. Since 1995, Oertel has worked for the taz in Berlin – first as an editor for the foreign desk for Eastern Europe and the Balkans, which she became the head of in 2011. 


Svetoslav Todorov Foto: privat Svetoslav Todorov

is a journalist and writer, based in Sofia. He began his career in 2010 and as of now he is a cultural editor at Capital Weekly. Svetoslav Todorov’s work is connected to the arts, but extends to education, human rights and other social issues. He also has substantial experience in arts management, radio presenting, photography, criticism, publishing and translating.




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