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24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 28/10/2014

Power trips hinder formation of government

After the Bulgarian parliamentary elections on October 5 the coalition talks are now entering their third round without any signs of an agreement among the parties. The daily 24 Chasa has already given up any hope of a stable government with clear goals: "The parties want power more than anything else, but they fear each other and fear the responsibilities that clear political commitments entail. For them, power is like a beautiful woman with whom they want a one night stand but not a serious relationship. That's the way our political elite is today: corrupt, fearful, incompetent and incapable of turning the trust of the voters into a halfway stable government. ... The parties are so weak and fearful that they won't agree to anything but little details. Why? Because most of them are responsible for the stagnating economy, the rotten state apparatus and the lack of social perspectives."

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 17/02/2014

Mob destroys trust in Bulgaria

Hundreds of nationalist demonstrators tried to storm the main mosque of Bulgaria's second-largest city Plovdiv on Friday. Prior to the attack the Muslim community had demanded the restitution of a mosque in neighbouring Karlovo that had been expropriated by the state in the early 20th century. The daily 24 Chasa has harsh words for the violence: "The protests in Plovdiv degenerated into vandalism and a veritable pogrom. And they will have far worse repercussions for the city, the political climate and international trust in Bulgaria than we believe at the moment. Civilised people in a civilised land should not be allowed to get so out of control, and to insult other people [Roma and Bulgarians of Turkish origin] because of their religious, ethnic or social background."

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 21/02/2013

No one knows how to help Bulgaria

Bulgaria is in a state of political shock after the resignation of Boiko Borisov's government on Wednesday, and neither the people nor the opposition have a concept for the future, political scientist Dimitar Avramov writes in the daily 24 Chasa: "At the moment I can't see a single rationally-minded leader who's in a position to pull Bulgaria out of its current mess. To my great regret, this also holds for the Socialist opposition, which is now rubbing its hands in the belief that power will just fall into its lap. Think again! ... Because the protesters have made a very important statement: 'We don't know how to govern or exactly what we want, but we've definitely had enough of you!' That is a clear message to all the politicians who have led Bulgaria into economic ruin and put key sectors like the energy market into the hands of monopolists."

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 24/10/2011

Bulgaria's next president needs vision

The first round of the presidential elections in Bulgaria was won by the candidate of the centre-right ruling party, Rosen Plevneliev, with 39.7 percent of the vote. In the run-off vote on October 30 he will compete against the Socialist Ivaylo Kalfin, who came second with 29.6 percent. The government candidate stands a chance of becoming a good president, writes the daily 24 Chasa: "If Plevneliev wants to win the elections he will have to present a modern vision for the office of president along Western European lines, something that has been lacking for the last eight years. ... But if he misconceives the president's role and its importance for the self-awareness and spirit of the nation, he will either not be elected at all or he will spend the next five years very comfortably - apart from being accused in the first two of dancing to the government's tune. How he decides depends on him alone. ... In any case he has a chance to break new ground."

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