As Bulgaria, a member of the EU since 2007, braces up to take over its first ever rotating presidency of the union, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has warned: "There are members of parliament who are involved in drugs trafficking, there are individuals who have been buying the votes of prisoners, and there are people who call Bulgarians imbeciles."
Bulgaria is supposed to start its presidency on 1 January 2018.
Borisov's statement should be taken seriously by the EU and its law enforcement agencies because it comes at a time when Bulgaria was slammed once again by a damning EU report for its failure to fight corruption and reform its judiciary.
Significantly, Borisov failed to name who exactly in the Bulgarian National Assembly was involved with "drugs trafficking." Most of the mainstream media, known for being increasingly docile to the establishment, never asked. The leader of the opposition BSP, or Bulgarian Socialist Party, tried to pose the question in parliament, but she was banned from the rostrum by the speaker, a GERB member and a Borisov supporter, for what he termed insulting questions to the prime minister.
When a prime minister in any country accuses the supreme lawmaking body of accommodating "drugs traffickers," there are usually two options available. The police should investigate and arrest the alleged drugs traffickers, and the courts should try them. However, if no individuals belonging to that category are identified, the prime minister should resign because he or she has lied in parliament.
As this journal was going to press, it was reported that the GERB revealed several... newspaper articles that indeed alleged an MP for the BSP as being the culprit. The Office of the Chief Prosecutor promptly started an investigation on that basis.