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Duma - Bulgaria | 05/11/2015

Fighting the windmills of corruption

Ponta's resignation won't change much in Romania, the left-leaning daily Duma believes: "Dozens of Romanian civil servants, MPs and ministers are being investigated. Some have even been arrested and sentenced. But how effective are Romania's anti-corruption measures? Have corruption levels gone down after all these scandals? Have the people felt any change? Will Ponta's resignation put a stop to fires in nightclubs? Hardly. ... The fight against corruption is a fight against windmills. It only makes sense if it improves the people's economic situation. ... If you compare Bulgaria and Romania you see that it hardly makes a difference whether you fight corruption or not. Although Romania is taking intensive action while Bulgaria is doing nothing, things are no better in Romania than they are here."

Duma - Bulgaria | 27/10/2015

Balkan summit a rotten deal for Balkan states

The measures agreed on at the crisis summit put the Balkan countries in a very difficult situation, the left-leaning daily Duma believes: "Juncker basically wants the refugees to be kept in the Balkan countries. How else are we to understand his statement that the current 'policy of waving refugees through' is unacceptable? What he didn't say, however, is what we should do with the hundreds of thousands of people who don't want to stay a day longer than they have to in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia or elsewhere on the Balkan route, and who are putting all their energy into getting to Germany, Austria, Sweden and so on. Should we arrest them, lock them up, put them in concentration camps and have them whipped? And if not, what then? ... Bulgaria already once served as the bloody threshold on which the Ottomans' advance on Europe came to a halt. Our country can do without history repeating itself a second time."

Duma - Bulgaria | 03/12/2014

South Stream was a big chance for Bulgaria

Putin cited Bulgaria's blockade as the reason for dropping the gas pipeline project on Monday in Ankara. This leaves Bulgaria as the big loser, the pro-Russian daily Duma comments: "Bulgaria loses an important place on Europe's political map. ... South Stream would have been a chance for us to become the access point for Russian energy supplies to Europe. The pipeline would have strengthened our position within the EU by making us an outpost on its periphery. We must now give up this goal. ... Bulgaria will not only lose hundreds of millions of euros in transit fees for South Stream. If the new pipeline between Russia and Turkey is ever built we will also lose the 150 million leva [around 77 million euros] that we receive for the transit of Russian gas via Ukraine to Turkey."

Duma - Bulgaria | 05/02/2013

Past catches up with Borisov

It appears that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was recruited as an informer by the police in 1996 because of his close ties to organised crime. That is revealed in a secret document published on Sunday by the website Bivol, a partner of Wikileaks. Borisov denies the allegations. The question of whether Borisov has ties to the mafia urgently needs to be clarified, writes the government-critical daily Duma: "Don't be taken in. Whether Borisov was an informer or not, the truly important question is: What ties did he have to organised crime? What did he know? Did he break the law? Was he himself part of the mafia or did he just know certain mafia bosses? Anyone who doesn't ask these questions is just beating around in the bush with the aim of diverting attention from the real issue: is the man who now governs Bulgaria part of the criminal underworld or not?"

Duma - Bulgaria | 11/07/2012

Bulgarian interior minister plays US agent

Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov wore cufflinks bearing the logo of the US secret service to a public event on Monday. The daily newspaper Duma is appalled: "What next? Perhaps a sports jacket with the embroidered monogram of the British secret service, or a tie with the Interpol logo? … True, there's no accounting for taste, but Tsvetanov needs to learn that it's not normal for a Bulgarian interior minister or any other government official to show himself in public wearing the symbols of foreign states. That's just not on, Mr Tsvetanov. It's not in good taste and it's annoying - for the state and for its citizens, and for those who led the Interior Ministry before you and who will lead it after you. At home, you can wear a Batman costume if you like. … But please not in public."

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