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Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, July 25, 2013

New coalition better than new elections

The Bulgarian president Rossen Plevneliev's reaction to the protests is misguided, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: "On several occasions already the Bulgarian head of government has shown his support for the protest movement, which avowedly wants to topple the government; he has offered his 'good wishes' to the thousands who have taken to the streets of Sofia for the sixth week in succession, but who represent only a fraction of the seven million Bulgarians . ... Reform by interim governments could be his secret wish - not elected, not controlled by any parliament, but appointed by the president. Plevneliev already 'governed' like this from March to May. Now this is also an option, but not the best one: Bulgaria's head of state should discourage Boyko Borisov's [oppositional] GERB party from boycotting parliament. Cooperation, or perhaps even a coalition with the [ruling] Socialists, seems a better option than yet another election. That would only result in more of the same old thing."

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