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Sega - Bulgaria | 06/10/2010

Higher social contributions constitute electoral fraud

Following repeated threats to strike by the physician's union Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has given in to their demands and announced a raise in social security contributions on Tuesday. The daily Sega accuses him of electoral fraud: "The government came to power with the promise that it would reduce social contributions by five percentage points. It started down this path initially when it reduced them by two percentage points. Now however they are to be raised by three percentage points. … Until recently the government had bragged about keeping the taxes and social contributions low so that Bulgaria could steer its way through the crisis much quicker than its neighbours Romania and Greece. Just a few hours before Borisov's decision [finance minister] Simeon Dyankov had even stressed this yet again. … He explained that there would be no depression after the recession because the government had managed not to touch taxes and social contributions. This little nugget of wisdom has quickly dissolved into thin air. The entire philosophy of this government - tax cuts instead of tax hikes - has gone to the devil."

Sega - Bulgaria | 30/10/2007

The victory of the new parties in Bulgaria's local elections

Bulgaria held its local elections on Sunday October 28th. The voter turnout was 42.4 percent. The traditional parties suffered a major defeat, while the winners were new parties which in some cases consist of only one person. Petjo Zekow comments: "Because the political class lacks both the ideas and the courage to introduce reforms, the 'old' parties have lost ground. The new parties are experiencing a major boom. Two percent of the voters were themselves candidates. The election results sound more plausible when you can count family members, acquaintances and friends among your supporters. But the biggest problem is that more and more voters are focusing on the consumer society and no longer debating socially relevant topics. These people don't want to participate in social change."

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