"A government hurriedly giving top jobs to all kinds of cronies before an election means it knows it will lose."
Ivan Krastev, political scientist
"The most terrifying thing in our political life is the mutrisation, or criminalisation, of politics. I mean who he was – a man with a murky past, who suddenly boarded the boat of power and began giving advice to others. If such types have the potential to become prime ministers, what does this mean in terms of feelings, experience, strategy and national interests?"
Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, or DPS, on the night after the European parliament elections
"By Borisov's hospital bed he, Kostov and I discussed this country's future."
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, leader of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, or GERB, party
"Sadly, EU officials monitoring Bulgaria's shaky progress towards clean government will have plenty to put in their next report. It is bad enough when dodgy characters win votes, but even worse when they count them."