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Looking at the bigger picture, contributions from EU funds make up barely two or three percent of the budget, and I'm sure that the Bulgarian economy can get by without them. The structural funds are another example. Last year they reported that 200 million leva of funding was utilised. Filling a single pothole costs 30 leva. If this were true, here in Bulgaria we would all be driving our cars po med i maslo, or on honey and oil.

Georgi Chernev, president of the Sofia Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Realistically, 6.5 million people live in Bulgaria. By the middle of the century this number will drop to below five million. Of them, between two and three million will be Gypsies. Where will that leave 3 March?

Atanas Semov, director of the Institute of European Law, on the problem of the Roma minority, which will either overrun the Bulgarians or be assimilated, educated and “civilised”

No other government has done as much for the Bulgarian State Railways as the present one.

Ivelin Nikolov, secretary of the Executive Bureau of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, after the tragic train fire that killed nine people

Russia exploited Serbian rage over Kosovo to achieve its goal of returning to Europe via the Balkans.

Ognyan Minchev, political scientist

Every sensible woman would use her charm to attain certain things more easily.

Vera Nikolova, leader of the Association of Female Military Personnel, on 8 March, International Women's Day

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