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Sega - Bulgaria | 06/11/2014

Bulgaria's coalition agreement lacks substance

After the early elections in Bulgaria Boyko Borisov's conservative Gerb party and the right-wing liberal alliance Reform Block have agreed to form a minority government together. A coalition agreement signed on Thursday lays out the coalition's common goals, but they are far too vaguely formulated, the daily Sega comments: "For example it foresees the continuation of the pension reform. But it says nothing about concrete steps or deadlines. ... There's a lot of empty phrases such as 'deepening transatlantic cooperation'. What is actually meant by that? Or 'a rapid increase in salaries as the economy grows'. It's clear that in a market economy salaries follow the economic trend. The problem is that Bulgaria's economy is stagnating, and there's no prospect of growth any time soon."

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 25/07/2013

Not another new government in Sofia

For more than forty days now demonstrators in Bulgaria have been demanding the resignation of the new government and snap elections. That would really be too many changes of government in the space of a year, protests the daily 24 Chasa: "For the first time in our recent history people are demonstrating against the entire political class. … This is an extremely dangerous situation because we are a European country where the parties are supposed to do the politics, not a citizens' assembly. ... If the government resigns and new elections are held this would mean changing our government for the fifth time in one year - starting with Borisov's Gerb government, which lasted until February, followed by Marin Raykov's caretaker government, Plamen Oresharksi's government and then another caretaker government until the next elected one was installed. Five governments within a year in a country that doesn't have a clue what it's doing anyway - it might get us into the Guinness Book of Records, but that's about it."

Sega - Bulgaria | 07/01/2009

Deactivated nuclear power plant to resume operation?

Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov argued on Tuesday that the deactivated block three of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant should once more be put into operation. Sega newspaper agreees with the proposal and suggests a referendum on the issue: "Things were handled much better in Lithuania, for example. There the parliamentary elections were combined with a referendum on Ignalina power plant. This summer Bulgaria will elect representatives for the national and European parliaments. Should we not also think about killing three birds with one stone? In times of crisis every country must look to its reserves. ... Putting the blocks of Kosloduj power plant back into operation would mean producing cheaper electricity. Bulgaria could then raise its energy exports. ... And the cheaper energy would help the country's ailing chemical industry, metallurgy and machine building sectors."

Monitor - Bulgaria | 17/07/2008

Corruption in the highest places

In the past few days Bulgarian media have published an internal report by OLAF, the European Commission's anti-fraud office, on the embezzlement of funds in Bulgaria. It confirms rumours that the election campaign of President Georgi Parvanov was financed by dubious businessmen: "In the year 1999 Hillary Clinton refused to accept a 1,000-dollar cheque from the widow of Bulgarian mafia boss Iliya Pavlov. Parvanov, on the other hand, received 25,000 euros from the notorious businessman Ludmil Stoykov in 2006 and never gave back a single euro, neither when the SAPARD scandal [the freezing of EU subsidies] became public nor when the state prosecution charged Stoykov with money laundering. And even now that the OLAF report has been made public and it says in black and white that Stoykov belongs to an international criminal network, the presidency remains silent."

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