Tue, 06/30/2009 - 09:13

If the mayor has no time for the capital, he won't have time for Bulgaria… Boyko Borisov made over 9,000 media appearances while there are now over 9,000 children for whom there are no places in the kindergartens.

Sergey Stanishev, prime minister of Bulgaria

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.

The Economist


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