Boyko Borisov

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LIKE OLD CHUMS

Trump commended his ally, Bulgaria, for spending as much as 3 percent of its GDP on defence (Germany should take an example of that, according to Trump) and for having recently concluded a deal to buy some US F-35 fighter jets (Bulgaria is actually about to buy F-16s). Speaking at the National Democratic Institute in DC Borisov told the Americans to "go on quarrelling at home," but assured Bulgaria would welcome both Republicans and Democrats.

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 09:35
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We lost in the places where we did not win.

Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov on the local elections

GERB is like your own spouse. You get fed up with them, for a moment someone younger and blonder looks more appealing, but then you realise that your old partner is good enough, so you return home and you keep quiet.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on GERB voters

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:40
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Is there a prime minister who is closer to the people, who is more approachable?

Daniela Daritkova, chairwoman of the GERB parliamentary group

It is hard to establish who pollutes the air because air is everywhere.

Environment Minister Neno Dimov

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 13:59
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Of course I know computers! I have certificate for basic computer literacy.

Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova on her appointment as head of the Cybersecurity Council

We want our EU commissioner to be responsible for something modern, like cybersecurity or management of IT technologies.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 09:31
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Unemployed IT specialists? There is a high demand for shepherds in this country.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in 2011

The hackers have to be recruited to work for the state as they have unique brains.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in 2019

Mr Borisov takes care of the whole country.

Borislav Mihaylov, President of the Bulgarian Football Union

 

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:44
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BULGARIA'S ELECTIONS BOGEYMEN

What will probably go down in history as the dullest election campaign in Bulgaria post-1989 was marked with a single trait. Politicians vying to get into the European Parliament (with all the goodies this entails, including salaries of about 8,700 euros per month plus copious allowances plus good pension plans, and so on and so forth – unthinkable for ordinary Bulgarians or for Bulgarian national MPs) resorted to a tried-and-tested technique to woo voters: scaremongering.

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:15
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Europe is a part of Eurasia and it is bad not to communicate with Russia.

Volen Siderov, leader of Ataka

As a mayor, I was ashamed to walk on Graf Ignatiev Street.

Yordanka Fandakova on the quality of repairs in Central Sofia

I don't mess with God's deeds. Our God Jesus Christ appointed both the pope and the patriarch. I don't want to comment on his choice.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:04
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We are the only European capital named after a temple and probably the only city named after God.

Todor Chobanov, Culture and Education Mayor of Sofia, on why Christ was chosen as the emblem of the city's 140th anniversary as a Bulgarian capital

Our football is like a tavern with a live band: you enter and you order the music.

TSKA coach Lyuboslav Penev

We will help Notre Dame with restorers and icon-painters.

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:56
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WHAT'S MAKING THE ROUND THESE DAYS?

If Boyko knew the fire at Notre-Dame would overshadow Apartment-gate for a while, he would have set it himself a long time ago.

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Shabla (at the Black Sea coast) is ready to help Paris with 70 million. The sacks can be delivered immediately.

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Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay (who infamously covered some 19th century church murals with wallpaper) said he would donate some wallpaper to Notre-Dame.

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Half the members of the BSP, or Bulgarian Socialist Party, are nuts. The other half are corrupt. In GERB, the situation is exactly the opposite.

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:56
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Bear Grylls will be fined, if we find his home address, although I doubt the ministry will succeed in doing this.

Neno Dimov, environment minister, after Bear Grylls camped and ate a frog in Rila National Park

Hey, man, have some rest. You are pushing 60, and you have already done wonders.

Georgi Markov, MP for GERB, to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

Bulgaria is not Russia's Trojan Horse in NATO. The opposite is true.

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 18:31
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BULGARIA'S 'RIGHT WING'?

Twenty-nine years after the fall of Communism, Bulgaria stands more disunited than ever. Bulgarians are split not only between rich and poor; between those who can afford to pay their electricity bills and those who can't; between the people in the derelict villages and the people in Sofia and the large towns; between those who speak proper, Sofianite Bulgarian and those who don't; and between those who are favoured by GERB because they pay their dues and those who are out of favour and get their businesses destroyed.

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 17:59
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The state is not that poor, but people steal too much.

Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev

It is pathological to think election results depend on the technology.

Vice Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev

I have so much work to do. It is so hard for me to push Bulgaria through a needle's ear.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 17:46
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BULGARIA'S CAVED-IN DEMOCRACY

An Italian writer, Roberto Saviano, who has lived for years under police protection because he was "sentenced" to death by the Neapolitan Mafia, has put it plainly: "In Italy, democracy has a mafia inside. In Bulgaria, the Mafia has democracy inside." There are of course many ways to say this, one of the most popular being the local mid-1990s adage that "every state has a mafia, in Bulgaria the mafia has a state."

Sun, 12/23/2018 - 11:25
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In Bulgaria not only the working and the protesting people are poor. Capitalists are poor, too.

Radosvet Radev, Chairman of the Bulgarian Industrial Association

I am not Boyko Borisov's personal attorney.

Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov

Let's wait for the end of the construction works, then everyone will see with their own eyes. Many of the photos are manipulated.

Sun, 12/23/2018 - 11:24
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Enough of revolutions. Give us quality.

Vezhdi Rashidov, GERB's former culture minister, on cultural policies

Sometimes Europe needs a convenient scarecrow, and Bulgaria has taken that role.

Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev

There are countries where cartoons of the prime minister and the president appear 2-3-5 times in a year. In Bulgaria it happens every day.

PM Boyko Borisov on Bulgaria's media freedoms

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:03
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A group of shrill women with children who pretend to be sick.

Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov on the ongoing protest of mothers of children of disabilities

We need to defend Orban as that way we defend our interests.

Environment Minister Neno Dimov

I cannot talk over a shrewd woman, that is why I can't get married.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Kornelia Ninova,chairwoman of the BSP

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:33
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If a law says we should fly like butterflies, we won't fly like butterflies, shall we?

Tsvetozar Tomov, Central Election Committee spokesman, on why there is still no electronic voting system in spite of it being a part of the Election Code

The Interior Ministry is not the sun to shed light everywhere.

Stefan Balabanov, Deputy Interior Minister

I will return to Burgas, go to the pier, tie a railway track to my neck and jump into the sea.

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:59
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United Patriots became Tamed Patriots, now they are United Failures.

Veselin Mareshki, leader of Volya, or Will, party

I advise Mr Mareshki to take more regularly the pills that he sells.

Vice Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

The truth is being perverted. I don't drink whisky, but vodka, and small ones at that.

Former Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 13:17
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We cannot turn our seaside resorts into silence.

GERB's Tsvetan Tsvetanov on the campaign of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov against noise pollution at the Black Sea coast

Bulgaria's black market for weapons dwarfs its sausage market.

Anton Kutev, an MP for the BSP

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:38
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