Boyko Borisov https://www.vagabond.bg/ en QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3515 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 08/27/2022 - 11:01</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>The next government should be of geniuses or magicians.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Georgi Kadiev</strong>, of the BSP</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>If they were in Rome, Kiril Petkov and Asen Vasilev would put Brutus at the top of their ballots.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Slavi Trifonov</strong>, leader of the There Is Such a People party</p> <blockquote> <p>We are brutally attacked by organsied criminals who want to stop us from taking their money.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Kiril Petkov</strong>, Changes Continued</p> <blockquote> <p>I have never lied to the Bulgarians, this is why they kept electing me for years.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Boyko Borisov</strong>, GERB</p> <blockquote> <p>I do not mind comparisons with Victor Orban.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Stefan Yanev</strong>, the Bulgarian Upswing party</p> <blockquote> <p>I want to establish Bulgaria anew, not to bask in the idea that I will rule over it.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Kostadin Kostadinov</strong>, leader of the Revival party</p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-191-192" hreflang="en">Issue 191-192</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3515&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="VeQ1TSLGPi4K9KWsVoT3hgS20P1L3BbTlKAEOgoNfe0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 27 Aug 2022 08:01:06 +0000 DimanaT 3515 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3515#comments QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3485 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/27/2022 - 15:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Even I, with my experience, do not dare to fix Bulgaria.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Boyko Borisov</strong>, former prime minister</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>I will speak out, you will see me, but you will hear the words of Mr Slavi Trifonov.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Toshko Yordanov</strong>, MP for the There Is Such a People party</p> <blockquote> <p>Kiril Petkov would have had a long political career if he did not talk like this.</p> </blockquote> <p>Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria <strong>Eleonora Mitrofanova</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>We already showed that we are not an outgoing government. The Bulgarian government and institutions are still in place and no one is above the law.</p> </blockquote> <p>Outgoing Prime Minister <strong>Kiril Petkov</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Einstein has said that to repeat the same thing and to expect a different result is a form of insanity. The Bulgarian people have a more expressive saying: only fools step twice on the same hoe.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Asen Vasilev</strong> of Changes Continued, on the negotiations for forming a government</p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-190" hreflang="en">Issue 190</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3485&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="WgiXbWeNZAnCcey9grNBeW01B-FWO-fsIXACam-w_aM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 27 Jul 2022 12:00:35 +0000 DimanaT 3485 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3485#comments QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3459 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/29/2022 - 12:58</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Supposedly we are just highly qualified button pushers. We are not entitled to our own opinion.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Deyan Petkov</strong>, former MP for the There Is Such a People party, on leader Slavi Trifonov's management</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>It's a spiral. They have entered a spiral. And it's very, very difficult to get out of that spiral.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Edi Rama</strong>, Prime Minister of Albania, on Bulgaria's stance on North Macedonia's EU membership application</p> <blockquote> <p>GERB is a German shepherd that can do the job. Changes Continued are Chihuahuas. Everyone likes them, but they can't do the job.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Delyan Dobrev</strong>, MP for GERB</p> <blockquote> <p>Adopting the euro tells the world we are so stupid we do not deserve an independent monetary policy, we need to be ruled by European bureaucrats.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Ivaylo Penchev</strong>, entrepreneur</p> <blockquote> <p>I can go back to my village... I am not scared, nobody knows who I am.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Hristinka Ivanova</strong>, MP for There Is Such a People</p> <blockquote> <p>If GERB were in power, the electricity prices would not increase.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Boyko Borisov</strong>, GERB leader</p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-189" hreflang="en">Issue 189</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3459&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="EYpFc_xYlUt6LYmURnul2hSRZqpMEPXAnduN7BGSF9U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:58:22 +0000 DimanaT 3459 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3459#comments QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3391 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/28/2022 - 15:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Do not touch organised crime. Chaos will ensue!</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Dani Kanazireva</strong>, MP for GERB, on the debates on dismantling the Specialised Criminal Court and Specialised Prosecution Office</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Even if you shut us down, organised crime will gladly welcome us.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Vilislava Angelova</strong>, judge at the Specialised Criminal Court</p> <blockquote> <p>I used to think that in the general scheme of things truth does not matter.</p> </blockquote> <p>General Prosecutor <strong>Ivan Geshev</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Do not be afraid, Bulgarians. Inflation will only get worse.</p> </blockquote> <p>Financial expert <strong>Mika Zaykova</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>As a Defence Minister I have no right of personal opinion.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Dragomir Zakov</strong>, defence minister, on sending military aid to Ukraine</p> <blockquote> <p>They treat me like Navalny.</p> </blockquote> <p>Former Prime Minister <strong>Boyko Borisov</strong> on his brief arrest in March</p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-187" hreflang="en">Issue 187</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3391&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Dtao0JbS4WpKKYUZe3OLTZr-NFf6UdDdfLCHP30P7o0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 28 Apr 2022 12:00:49 +0000 DimanaT 3391 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3391#comments WE CATCH THEM, THEY LET THEM GO FREE https://www.vagabond.bg/we-catch-them-they-let-them-go-free-3358 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">WE CATCH THEM, THEY LET THEM GO FREE</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Stamen Manolov</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/25/2022 - 08:58</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>The Bulgarian public was treated to an extraordinary real-life Monty Python Flying Circus episode when cops burst into the homes of Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, his Former Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov and his publicist Sevdelina Arnaudova, and arrested the trio on charges of extortion.</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="/sites/default/files/2022-03/boyko%20borisov%20arrested.jpg"></a> </span> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/2022-03/boyko%20borisov%20arrested.jpg" width="1360" height="712" alt="Boyko Borisov under arrest" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field uk-text-bold uk-margin-small-top uk-margin-medium-bottom field--name-field-image-credits field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Boyko Borisov under arrest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As soon as the news of the Thursday evening arrests broke out a significant chunk of the Bulgarian population went into a frenzied jubilation comparable, according to one observer, to that goal at the 1994 World Championship Bulgaria scored against Germany. That goal. Folks started popping open new bottles of Rakiya and some of Borisov's neighbours in Bankya even organised a small fireworks display. Is the tyrant really going where he should have gone a long time ago?, Bulgarians were asking their Facebook friends.</p> <p>The list of crimes and misdemeanours attributed to the former prime minister can easily take up several pages of a magazine – or several volumes of court papers. During all the years Borisov has been in power he is credited with an assortment of offences like his tapped orders to the chief of customs to terminate a tax investigation against an entrepreneur (who died in a hotel room soon thereafter – his wife later also died in similar circumstances), like the embezzlement and fake contracts over the Hemus Motorway, like dozens of meaningless village stadiums erected with EU money, like the tax protection of Russian company LUKoil, like the extortion of various businesses including Eurohold and the Bobokovi Brothers, like the wads of Euro notes and gold ingots in his bedroom, like the house in Barcelona and so on and so fourth.</p> <p>Borisov, Goranov and Arnaudova were taken to a police station where they spent the night. GERB supporters, including former ministers, organised protests claiming their boss, Borisov, was being repressed politically. Significantly, they referred to him as the "leader of the opposition" rather than the former prime minister, who had been in control of everything that went on in Bulgaria since 2009.</p> <p><img alt="Boyko Borisov being released" class="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/default/files/issues/186/joke%20of%20the%20month/boyko%20borisov%20leaves%20arrest.jpg" title="" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><em>Boyko Borisov being released</em></p> <p>The issue was quickly internationalised. Laura Kövesi, the European chief prosecutor, had been in Bulgaria the previous day. She disclosed there were about 120 tips of serious fraud being committed in Borisov's Bulgaria. Some Bulgarians were quick to interpret this as a direct reference to the former prime minister. US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was about to visit on the following day. Some conspiracy theorists promulgated the hypothesis that Borisov's arrest was nothing but a ploy to deflect the attention of the general public for the (much more serious) news that Austin was about to "order" Bulgaria to provide military aid to Ukraine (which in their opinion meant a surefire war-starter with Putin). Manfred Wörner, the leader of the European People's Party, of which Boyko Borisov's GERB is a member, was quick to announce he would intervene.</p> <p>No one is above the law, commented Prime Minister Kiril Petkov.</p> <p>On the following day Borisov's lawyer, Menko Menkov, told the TV hacks the arrests were illegal as the cops did not spell out precisely what the detainees were accused of. A bit of goo was promptly put in circulation: poor Borisov had spent the whole night on just a wooden bench and the cops gave him... a croissant for breakfast.</p> <p>About 20 hours after the arrests Borisov, Goranov and Arnaudova were released with no charges. The GERB crowd was exultant.</p> <p>Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov, who appears determined to dismantle the corrupt, "captured" state Borisov has created, commented that the state prosecution office had ignored important pieces of evidence. The three detainees were not interrogated at all in the course of a full day. The prosecution deliberately delayed the hearings in order to gain time and have the arrests annulled over statute limitations.</p> <p>The Bulgarian prosecution office is headed by Ivan Geshev, who has almost unlimited powers to direct investigations and order arrests. Geshev is thought of as a close associate of the former prime minister, an errand boy who strikes hard whenever he is told to – or just looks the other way whenever he is not.</p> <p>One of Boyko Borisov's all-time favourite bons mots, dating back to the early 2000s when he was this country's top cop, was "We [the police] catch them [the criminals], but they [the judiciary] let them go free."</p> <p>John Cleese and Michael Palin could not have contrived that more convincingly. </p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-186" hreflang="en">Issue 186</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/joke-of-the-month" hreflang="en">JOKE OF THE MONTH</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3358&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Bgbp8VzyBcJnLC18oY9qV3plaqSS-RKh90s2Gdtst1c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 25 Mar 2022 06:58:14 +0000 DimanaT 3358 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/we-catch-them-they-let-them-go-free-3358#comments QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3357 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/25/2022 - 08:55</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Now Borisov should ask Putin to give his puppy back.</p> </blockquote> <p>Former Defence Minister <strong>Boyko Noev</strong> on Boyko Borisov's gift of a Bulgarian Karakachan dog to Russia's Putin</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>We have enough sunflower oil to drown the country.</p> </blockquote> <p>Economy Minister <strong>Kornelia Ninova</strong> on rumours of sunflower oil shortages </p> <blockquote> <p>The ruling coalition is cracking along geopolitical lines.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Daniel Mitov</strong>, GERB</p> <blockquote> <p>Borisov's claim that he would fix all current problems in a day is extremely brazen. Where was he in the past 10 years?</p> </blockquote> <p>Prime Minister <strong>Kiril Petkov</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The biggest shame is that many Bessarabian Bulgarians actually support Russia.</p> </blockquote> <p>Professor <strong>Oleksandr Sereda</strong>, Bessarabian Bulgarian from Odesa</p> <blockquote> <p>Borisov must be arrested every Friday.</p> </blockquote> <p>Interior Minister <strong>Boyko Rashkov</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Boyko Borisov is an icon.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Menko Menkov</strong>, legal council for Boyko Borisov, upon his brief arrest in March</p> <p> </p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-186" hreflang="en">Issue 186</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3357&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="xGPrSK1ckG-aj-RuKs1gcp4Rx64AeM7gD2qltxoH7ms"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 25 Mar 2022 06:55:04 +0000 DimanaT 3357 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3357#comments QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3274 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/28/2021 - 13:28</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>You cannot have a wealthy country with low wages.</p> </blockquote> <p>Finance Minister <strong>Asen Vasilev</strong> on increasing social security payments</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Dudes, you are not gods.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Toshko Yordanov</strong>, MP for There Is Such a People, to GERB who wanted a longer vacation in December and January on religious grounds</p> <blockquote> <p>Fulfilling all of our goals in the set timeframe will be hard, but we all realise that you can eat an elephant a bite at a time.</p> </blockquote> <p>Prime Minister <strong>Kiril Petkov</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>I will ban the State Railway bosses from using government cars. Let them travel by train.</p> </blockquote> <p>Transportation Minister <strong>Nikolay Sabev</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The time of the authoritarian prime minister has ended.</p> </blockquote> <p>President <strong>Rumen Radev</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The three-party coalition led by Stanishev left behind devastation, but we dealt with it. Oresharski's government left behind even bigger devastation, but we dealt with it, too. This government will cause a catastrophe.</p> </blockquote> <p>Former Prime Minister <strong>Boyko Borisov</strong></p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-183-184" hreflang="en">Issue 183-184</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3274&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="gVFKptiwSOG2sSFVbdgK4N6tMWYYb50L4PN1OWg3_uY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:28:09 +0000 DimanaT 3274 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3274#comments KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM BULGARIAN 2-IN-1 ELECTIONS https://www.vagabond.bg/key-takeaways-bulgarian-2-1-elections-3237 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM BULGARIAN 2-IN-1 ELECTIONS</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Anthony Georgieff</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/30/2021 - 14:16</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Voting for parliament, president produces unexpected results </h3> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As the dust settles down after Bulgaria's third attempt in a year to elect a government and as the post-election horse-trading begins, there are several key conclusions to be drawn from Boyko Borisov's dramatic downfall and the emergence of the Changes Continued political party.</p> <p><strong>Polling agencies are not to be trusted.</strong></p> <p>Polling agencies in Bulgaria do not work the way their Western counterparts do. Anyone, including political parties, can commission an agency to do a poll for them. The results, logically, reflect what that individual, entity or political party would like to tell their customers, supporters or voters. This has been going on for many years, but the discrepancy between the pollsters' predictions and what happened at the actual ballot boxes at the 14 November general election was dramatic. From a pollster standpoint it was not even a rogue election. The results had nothing to do with the mantras disseminated in the media ahead of voting day. None of the pollsters could foresee Changes Continued emerge as the largest party in the Bulgarian parliament. None could imagine Democratic Bulgaria, or DB, and the Bulgarian Socialist Party, or BSP, lose so many of their supporters. And none, not even in their wildest imagination, could predict the Turkish-dominated DPS, or Movement for Rights and Freedoms, would garner so much support that it would become the third largest party in the 47th National Assembly.</p> <p><strong>Anti-Communism is irrelevant.</strong></p> <p>The anti-Communist rhetoric of Boyko Borisov, himself a former member of the pre-1989 Bulgarian Communist Party, amplified by the rallying calls of the DB are a historical anachronism. Obviously, Bulgarian voters have realised they now live in 2021, not in 1991. The Warsaw Pact no longer exist. Neither does the BKP and its politburo. Neither do the secret police of the Communist era. Voters in 2021 clearly indicated at the ballot boxes that they no longer needed a Boyko Borisov to "protect them from Communism," and even less so so DB, who had been promising they would outperform Boyko Borisov in chasing down whenever Communists remained alive. Perhaps Bulgarians have finally come to the realisation that a return to 1989 is impossible because 1/ The Soviet Union is gone; 2/ Bulgaria is now a member of the EU and NATO; and 3/ No one can or indeed wants to turn the clock back.</p> <p>Any war cries to the contrary are designed to stir up emotion rather than translate into action.</p> <p><strong>Negativity does not work. Neither does over-vilifying opponents.</strong></p> <p>With the notable exception of Changes Continued and perhaps a few others, everyone else put their bets on negative messages and mudslinging. "We will never talk with the GERB or the DPS," the DB intoned. Well, the DPS scored a lot higher than the DB. "Never an alliance with the former Communists," the DB continued. Like it or not, the DB now has to sit down, talk and possibly rule in a coalition with the party it has represented as its archenemy.</p> <p>Negative vibes and over-vilifying opponents does not work on the personal level either. Hristo Ivanov, the outgoing leader of the DB, was particularly vitriolic about Delyan Peevski, the oligarch who was recently named as being sanctioned under the US Magnitsky Act. While employing a major US law firm to contest the US government's decision Peevski also stood for parliament. Ironically, at the ballot box he defeated Hristo Ivanov, his sworn mortal foe, in the Veliko Tarnovo constituency.</p> <p>Perhaps the best (or worst) example how negativity does not work was provided by Lozan Panov, the judge who stood for president and was supported by the DB. Throughout his campaign his messages were exclusively negative. Panov was so incongruous and did so badly that even the people who had put out his nomination, including his publicist Ivet Dobromirova, publicly disowned him once the election results rolled in.</p> <p>On the opposite side of the pole were beaming Kiril Petkov and Asen Vasilev, the leaders of the Changes Continued political party. They came on with a big smile – and easily grabbed the hearts and minds of the majority of voters.</p> <p><strong>Bulgarians abroad are as unpredictable as Bulgarians in Bulgaria.</strong></p> <p>Through 2021 one of the major issues was to get Bulgarians living outside Bulgaria to vote. Slavi Trifonov's There Is Such a People party and Democratic Bulgaria were particularly active. Slavi thought that his charisma would get the people who bought tickets for his concerts in Chicago and London to cast their ballots for him as well. The DB, who infamously consider themselves "smart and beautiful," surmised many Bulgarians would follow them because living abroad had also made them smart and beautiful. Slavi was right. His huge success in the July 2021 election was made possible by the Bulgarians in Chicago and London – much to the chagrin of Hristo Ivanov and his "smart and beautiful" retinue.</p> <p>November 2021 was different. The biggest winner abroad was... the DPS, the Turkish-dominated party everyone loves to hate. Whether the DPS has provided enough reason to be so universally loathed is beside the point. What matters is that the majority of non-resident Bulgarian citizens with voting rights are not "smart and beautiful," nor have they been to Harvard or Oxford. Many of the Bulgarians abroad are of Turkish origin. Their parents were expelled by the Communist regime out of Bulgaria in the summer of 1989. They vote overwhelmingly for the DPS. Verbally attacking the DPS leads only to their consolidation. Hence, the DPS emerged as the third largest party in the National Assembly.</p> <p><strong>Leaders who lose elections big time must resign.</strong></p> <p>This is something quite novel in Bulgarian politics. In the past 30 years political leaders who lost elections rarely resigned. They continued on, often incurring new losses for their parties. Now the leaderships of the DB, of the BSP and even of the extreme nationalist VMRO, or Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation, resigned. In this way they indicated their personal responsibility for the losses their parties suffered and even attracted the sympathy of friends and foes. This may be the first time post-1989 when political responsibility and personal valour have manifested themselves in actions, not just words. In itself, the development marks a breaking point in Bulgarian politics.</p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-182" hreflang="en">Issue 182</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/forum/politics" hreflang="en">BULGARIA POLITICS</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3237&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="C2dzD3IBlSmP4L8ghffUDhFk78kb9U_t4Vh_Rymu6Co"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:16:20 +0000 DimanaT 3237 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/key-takeaways-bulgarian-2-1-elections-3237#comments QUOTE-UNQUOTE https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3233 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/30/2021 - 13:51</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>The public money paid in advance for the construction of the Hemus motorway was transferred through a bank connected to Boyko Borisov, and then swished abroad.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Boyko Rashkov</strong>, caretaker interior minister</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>Borisov's talk is the result of guilty hysteria because he is the reason for the ruinous state of the Bulgarian healthcare system. He had 12 years to reform it, to build a specialised paediatric hospital, to buy medical helicopters and to keep young doctors in Bulgaria.</p> </blockquote> <p>Bulgarian President <strong>Rumen Radev</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>We are living in the experiment of a majority that does not believe in science.</p> </blockquote> <p>Professor <strong>Kosta Kostov</strong>, pulmonologist, on the high percentage of Bulgarians who refuse to vaccinate against Covid-19</p> <blockquote> <p>It takes a lot of work and effort to be Kubrat Pulev. But it is not that hard, either.</p> </blockquote> <p>Heavyweight boxer <strong>Kubrat Pulev</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Bulgaria is in fact two states. One Bulgaria is still interested in politics, even when it does not like what it sees on TV. The second turns off the TV set the moment politics pop up. The people who belong to it radically refuse to believe that politics can somehow change their lives.</p> </blockquote> <p>Political scientist <strong>Ivan Krastev</strong> on the record-low turnout in the November 2021 elections</p> <blockquote> <p>There is something rotten there, as Dante Alighieri said.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Boyko Borisov</strong>, GERB leader, on the Covid-19 pandemic management in Bulgaria</p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-182" hreflang="en">Issue 182</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/quote-unquote" hreflang="en">QUOTE-UNQUOTE</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3233&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="yG_DdBGiyzOydrVG6BrLls6srSx_V-1OWrDW7Ri0dik"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:51:57 +0000 DimanaT 3233 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/quote-unquote-3233#comments ITN, FORMERLY NTD, IMV, IBGNI ETC https://www.vagabond.bg/itn-formerly-ntd-imv-ibgni-etc-3161 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ITN, FORMERLY NTD, IMV, IBGNI ETC </span> <div class="field field--name-field-author-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">by Stamen Manolov</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/251" lang="" about="/user/251" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">DimanaT</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/26/2021 - 15:51</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>A guide to the strange names of Bulgarian political parties</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="overlay-container"> <span class="overlay overlay--colored"> <span class="overlay-inner"> <span class="overlay-icon overlay-icon--button overlay-icon--white overlay-animated overlay-fade-top"> <i class="fa fa-plus"></i> </span> </span> <a class="overlay-target-link image-popup" href="/sites/default/files/2021-08/Slavi%20Trifonov.jpg"></a> </span> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/2021-08/Slavi%20Trifonov.jpg" width="1000" height="780" alt="Slavi Trifonov, the leader of There Is Such a People party" title="Slavi Trifonov, the leader of There Is Such a People party" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field uk-text-bold uk-margin-small-top uk-margin-medium-bottom field--name-field-image-credits field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Slavi Trifonov, the leader of There Is Such a People party</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A sober look at the current mess of Bulgarian politics in the aftermath of 12 years of Boyko Borisov may produce some unexpected if slightly idiosyncratic explanations. Perhaps Bulgaria's political parties are where they are at – namely, at each other's throats – not because they really want to "scrape off" each other from the face of the earth but because... the publicists who invented their names badly miscalculated in the first place. If you, as a foreigner, has trouble understanding what the difference between Stand Up! Mafia Out! and Stand Up.BG! We Are Coming! is, do not worry. Many Bulgarians don't get it either. So, here is, from the standpoint of linguistics, a brief guide to what these quirky names stand for – and what their bearers want to make out of them.</p> <p>Stand Up! Mafia Out!, or IMV, ceased to exist as soon as it entered the 46th National Assembly. It had its origins in the anti-Boyko Borisov street protests in 2020, and its chief ringleaders are now MPs. For some reason they thought they should get rid of the word "Mafia" (in Bulgaria used metonymically to signify "organised crime," nothing to do with Italy) and substitute it with "we are coming," followed by an exclamation mark. What they probably meant was a warning to whoever gets the power: don't mess things up too much because we will start coming (out in the streets). Historians point out that "We are coming!" was also the war cry of the 1930s and 1940s Bulgarian pro-Nazi organisation called Brannik, or Warrior.</p> <p>Seen from a wider perspective, ITN, Slavi Trifonov's There Is Such a People party, is not the first one in the world to have been founded by an entertainer. We have the comedian, Jacob Haugaard, in Denmark who entered the Danish Folketing in the 1990s on the sole election promise he would provide back winds for all cyclists. We have Ukraine, we have had Trump. But looking at ITN's name reveals a different story. Initially, it was called There Is No Such Country, or NTD. In Bulgarian, this can be interpreted as a metaphor for something ridiculous, like the Bulgarian peasant who went to the zoo, saw a giraffe for the first time and exclaimed: There is no such an animal! Bulgaria has become so absurd that it cannot possibly exist, Slavi Trifonov's scriptwriters were telling the Bulgarian public. The public agreed, but the courts, which were supposed to register the NTD, din't. They thought the There Is No Such Country name was offensive. So Slavi "Tall Guy" Trifonov switched to There Is Such a People. The meaning of this is that whatever happens, whatever the rulers do to the laity, the people will withstand and continue to exist. The courts promptly agreed to the name change.</p> <p>Then we have Yes, Bulgaria! (with the exclamation mark). Founded by Hristo Ivanov in the late 2010s when he left Boyko Borisov's government in which he acted as justice minister, it did badly in the beginning. The only thing it achieved was to drive a wedge right through the heart of this country small but very vocal rightwing movement with the result being that neither it or the older DB, or Democratic Bulgaria, could garner a sufficient portion of the vote to enter parliament. They were out of politics for four years during which time they managed to iron out their differences and animosities, and come back on the political stage, in 2021. Yes, Bulgaria! is another difficult-to-understand Bulgarian metaphor. It is supposed to express an approval of Bulgaria as such. Not unlike Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia when it existed.</p> <p>Bulgaria has spent almost as many years in a democracy as it had under Communism. It is now a member of both NATO and the EU. Supermarkets and even shopping malls are in existence, Bulgarians can travel freely without exit and entry visas, the lev may soon be substituted with the euro. But some things are more difficult to change. One of them is the propensity of Bulgarian politicians to think up silly names for the political parties they found.</p> <p>In 1990 Bulgaria was given a Grand National Assembly which was supposed to hammer out a new constitution to replace the old, Communist-era one. The SDS, or Union of Democratic Forces, was the chief anti-Communist group. Because it disagreed what to do with the proposed new constitution and 39 SDS MPs went on a hunger strike over the issue, the SDS split in three. There was a SDS, another SDS-Liberals and yet another SDS-Centre. Predictably, the voters were confused. And so were the various SDSs' members. Twenty years on some of them joined Boyko Borisov's GERB.</p> <p>Bulgarian post-Communist history knows even more outlandish examples of political parties' silly names. In the early 1990s there was a party called Bulgarian Eagle. In 1991 it garnered 0.1 percent of the vote and promptly went into oblivion, like an eagle flying away.</p> <p>Then there was the BBB, or Bulgarian Business Bloc, not to be confused with the eponymous company producing fruit juices. Why on earth would someone name a political party a business bloc will probably remain a mystery for good, but what some people still do remember is its flamboyant leader, Zhorzh Ganchev. Being taller and of stronger build than Slavi Trifonov and sporting a memorable moustache, Ganchev, who is now dead, will go down in history with his memorable adage: Bulgarian, don't look at me so stupidly!</p> <p>Historically, the ITN, the DB, the IBGNI and so on are being joined by a plethora of smaller or bigger political parties that have at various times and with various agendas vied to enter the Bulgarian National Assembly. These include a party that wanted to turn Bulgaria into a Switzerland in the Balkans, a grouping calling itself Granite, a Chamber of Experts political party and a Long Live Bulgaria! (with the exclamation mark at the end) political party. Some did succeed. The Party of Bulgarian Women, or PBZh, was used by the equally oddly named NDSV, or Simeon II National Movement, to propel Former King Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the position of prime minister of a republic, in 2001. </p> </div> <a href="/archive/issue-179-180" hreflang="en">Issue 179-180</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Boyko Borisov</a> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fun/joke-of-the-month" hreflang="en">JOKE OF THE MONTH</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3161&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="MQTdOyVl-GcJbXYXuddFzwJIoIoNne_dZIhckEvXiOY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 26 Aug 2021 12:51:17 +0000 DimanaT 3161 at https://www.vagabond.bg https://www.vagabond.bg/itn-formerly-ntd-imv-ibgni-etc-3161#comments