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Sega - Bulgaria | 15/05/2011

Moaning a Bulgarian survival strategy

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said in an interview that journalists arguing for a minimal raise in retirement benefits should stop moaning. The daily Sega comments that the Prime Minister should be happy that people complain: "That's how we survive. It's the Bulgarian form of therapy. What Westerners let out on the psychotherapist's couch, the Bulgarians release in small doses of moaning. In that respect moaning is a sort of self-defence. People who moan don't protest, shout slogans or bring down governments. ... They are so poor that they'd rather avoid doing anything that would cost them too much energy. Like flies in a spider's web, they fight for their lives rather than against the spider. Some have even got things arranged in such a way that they hardly need to be present at all. ... They moan their way through life because that makes it easier to bear."

Tema - Bulgaria | 22/11/2010

Vesselina Sedlarska on people's withdrawal from politics

A growing number of Bulgarians are turning their backs on politics and withdrawing into themselves, writes Vessalina Sedlarska in the weekly Tema. But this trend can only lead to political disappointments, the columnist notes: "People who withdraw into themselves are the dream of every government. They weep silently in a corner, they carp and complain to their small circle of friends just to show that they understand what's going on around them, and above all to set themselves apart from those in power and show how different they are. They slog on and comfort themselves with the idea that it's all no fault of their own. But that's as far as it goes. They don't protest. They don't exert pressure. They don't try to find out who's responsible. They are doubtless the darlings of people in power, and of all those people who want to rise to power. Because people who withdraw into themselves are merely pretending they have no hope. They do have hope. And when someone comes along and presents himself as their great new beacon of hope, they're more than ready to believe him."

Novinar - Bulgaria | 29/10/2010

Vesselina Sedlarska recommends legalising organised crime

US investor and multi-billionaire George Soros has argued in the Wall Street Journal for the legalisation of marijuana in the US. A good idea, and why not legalise organised crime in Bulgaria while we're at it? writes Vesselina Sedlarska in the daily Novinar: "The police and the prosecution spend millions in taxpayers' money trying to prevent something they can't prevent - organised crime. A large number of all arrests are made in this area. Much money is spent on police, investigations, petrol, videos and sustenance of the accused, who then go into politics instead of prison. To paraphrase Soros: regulating and taxing organised crime would save taxpayers billions of leva for prosecutions and imprisonment, and secure many additional billions in annual income. The criminality, violence and corruption associated with organised crime would taper off ... and the police could finally hone in on the petty crimes that are the true misery of the man on the street."

Tema - Bulgaria | 09/08/2010

The Roma problem needs a pan-European answer

Given the French government's decision to deport illegal Roma back to their home countries, the weekly Tema proposes an alternative, European-wide approach: "The kinds of problems associated with the Roma are normally far from banal. But in their approach, the authorities are hiding behind arrogant and hypocritical excuses. That is how it is in Bulgaria, on both a regional and national level. And in France as well. ... This is why a pan-European debate about the Roma problem - which is increasingly a problem for the entire continent -  identifying the methods that work in various countries and consolidating resources, could launch a promising new approach. Otherwise nothing will change - we ship Roma back to Europe, and Europe sends them back to us. The problem with such journeys is that they don't go anywhere."

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