The Media, a “Blind Bulgarian Clairvoyant”, and the “Rise of Isis”


Bulgaria-born Prophetess Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, was known as “Nostradamus from the Balkans” thanks to a purported 85 per cent success rate and has long been revered in Russia and Europe as a kind of supernatural saint.

[Her] chilling prophecies warn of a 2016 invasion of Europe by Muslim extremists, a conflict she predicted would begin with the Arab Spring in 2010, play out in Syria where “Muslims would use chemical warfare against Europeans”, and culminate in the establishment of a caliphate by 2043 with Rome at its epicentre.

According to Vanga, Europe as we know it will “cease to exist” by the end of next year following the systematic elimination of entire populations, leaving the continent “almost empty”, a “wasteland almost entirely devoid of any form of life”.

It seems that this story derives from articles that have appeared on Eastern European news sites in recent weeks; in the UK, the Daily Mail has followed up with “Did a blind Bulgarian clairvoyant predict the rise of ISIS?”

However, another UK paper, the Independent, has introduced a note of caution:

Baba Vanga supposedly warned Muslims would invade Europe in a ‘great Muslim war’ which would end with the establishment of an Islamic caliphate by 2043, with Rome as its epicentre.

…But many of the people who were close to her have claimed she never made some of the prophecies attributed to her on the internet.

She also predicted nuclear war between 2010 and 2016, which she said would lead to the abandonment of Europe.

There are numerous questions of provenance: when exactly did Baba Vanga make specific claims? Who wrote them down? Can their accounts be corroborated? What is the wider context of specific quotes? And so on.

One purported list of Baba Vanga predictions appeared in English sometime around 2008, and seems to form the basis for the current claims. It includes the following:

2010 – The start of WWIII. The war will begin in November of 2010 and will end in October of 2014. Will start as a normal war, then will include usage of nuclear and chemical weapons.

2011 – Due to the radioactive showers in Northern Hemisphere – no animals or plants will be left. Muslims will begin chemical war against Europeans who are still alive.

2014 – Most of the people in this world will have skin cancer and skin related diseases. (as a result of chemical wars).

2016 – Europe is almost empty

2018 – China becomes the new world power.


2043 – World economy is prosperous. Muslims are running Europe.

Is the list genuine? It doesn’t contain direct quotes, and no Bulgarian sources are given. A 2006 Pravda report about Vanga’s prophecies doesn’t mention any of this – instead, the big news for 2018 is flying trains “powered by the Sun.”

But let’s take it at face value. There is a nuclear war in 2010; Muslims mop up survivors in 2011; Europe is not actually invaded in 2016, but is instead empty as a culmination of these events. Muslims take over later.

A website called seems to have been the first to have attempted to salvage the failed prophecies by reinterpreting them in the light of subsequent actual events:

…in November 2010 the people in Tunesia (Tunis) started up facebook groops that sparked and started the “ARAB SPRING” early 2011, after this the Arab Spring started in Egypt, than in Lybia and at this very moment it is happening in Syria (capital DAMASCUS), just the place Edgar Cayce named as last city before the start of the Third World War !!! So i think when you look at it and IF there will be a third world war because of the crisis in Syria that after this people will say WORLD WAR III started with the first Arab Spring in Tunis.

The nuclear calamity is explained by reference to Fukushima.

An Eastern European report from May took a similar line (via Google translate, tidied up):

Baba Vanga predicted that in 2016 Europe will be almost empty. The blind Bulgarian announced that in 2043 the continent would be dominated by Muslims!

Her prophecy can be viewed through an announcement relating to 2010. She predicted that the Third World War would start then, but first as clashes breaking out in countries where the people are fighting, and that it would later spread to the whole world.

And now, with terrorism in Europe and escalating conflict in the Middle East, the whole thing has been tweaked again, this time with 2016 being a year of cataclysm and Muslim invasion.