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Trud - Bulgaria | 10/11/2014

Borisov's unclear personnel policy

Bulgaria's new prime minister Boiko Borisov wants to let the EU Commission have the last say on selecting the deputy ministers who are charged with distributing EU funding. He announced this when presenting his cabinet in Sofia on Sunday. This is unworthy of a sovereign country, the daily Trud rails: "Have things gotten so bad that we let outsiders dictate who is to be entrusted with our EU funding? ... For this purpose there are control mechanisms in all EU countries. How is the decision made as to who is suitable and who isn't? What are the criteria for reliability? If in the next few days it doesn't become clear what the motivation is behind this decision and how this personnel policy is to be handled, we can assume that Borisov himself proposed this solution to protect himself in the event that one of the deputy ministers comes under suspicion, so they can be removed from office without incurring problems with the coalition partners."

Trud - Bulgaria | 27/08/2013

Fierce campaign for the only job in town

A fierce electoral struggle is under way in the village of Seltscha in the Southern Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains. In the 500-strong community five candidates want to become mayor, which as it turns out is the only vacant post in town. Competition can't hurt, the daily Trud writes: "People don't have much choice in the Rhodopes. Either they leave or they sit around in the village pub all day. Apart from the grocer, the village doctor and the postman, there are no jobs. The inhabitants' misery and poverty seems to have worsened to such an extent that they're ready to take on any job at all - even that of mayor. Of course they might not be aware that a job like that entails much responsibility and isn't for everyone. On the other hand a little competition never harmed anyone. And if it means that even after the elections the new mayor will roll up his sleeves and do something for the people, that would be a happy end after all."

Trud - Bulgaria | 04/08/2011

No driving licence at 16 in Bulgaria

In the run-up to the Bulgarian traffic law reform, experts are calling for 16 year olds to be allowed to drive. Their arguments point to the positive experience in the USA, where this has long been the norm. But the comparison does not hold up at all, according to the daily Trud. "In the USA it is necessary to be able to drive at 16 because of the huge distances and because most schools are only reachable by car. And Americans have all the conditions in place to allow their children behind the steering-wheel with a clear conscience. First off, they have multi-lane highways where speeding pieces of junk are outlawed. Secondly, the traffic laws are uncompromising. Anyone who drives too fast or under the influence of alcohol is punished without mercy. Particularly in the case of drunk driving! And thirdly, anyone who attempts to bribe an officer of the law runs the risk of ending up in prison. Which of these things does Bulgaria have in common with the USA? Not one."

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