Bulgaria Lures Yankee Dollars

Attracted by high tech skills and low wages, companies like Hewlett Packard are making the U.S. top investor in the former communist state

Even with the Cold War a receding memory, it was an incongruous sight: Russian MIG fighter planes flying wingtip to wingtip with U.S. F-15s from the Oregon National Guard in the skies above Bulgaria. "When I was a young diplomat working at our embassy in Sofia 20 years ago, this is something I would have never imagined," U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in June, as he recalled the U.S.-Bulgarian joint aerial exercise.

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