Boyko Borisov

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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EUROPE'S LAGGARD

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who has ruled Bulgaria almost uninterruptedly since 2009, may appear sprightly when he holds the hands of Angela Merkel or endearing when he tries to speak French with Emanuel Macron, but under his GERB-manship Bulgaria has collapsed to the rock bottom of almost every possible area that can be measured statistically.

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'LIAR' AND 'SLANDERER,' LEGALLY

Yoncheva, who is an outspoken critic of Borisov's GERB and his ultranationalist coalition partners, sued when Borisov said that the state had spent "millions" on funding Yoncheva's TV international programmes.

Borisov made the remarks while speaking in Burgas, a GERB stronghold, and then repeated them numerous times in various media appearances. Yoncheva responded that if the court found Borisov was a liar he should step out of politics.

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When I was at a more tender age, a drink or a girl in leotard wouldn't scare me at all.

Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev on complains that the programme of an EU youth forum included a night out with alcohol and "half-naked" dancers

Boyko Borisov's only 'fault' is that he tolerates freedom of speech. His benevolence enables some people to cross boundaries and attack him.

Former Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov

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The easiest way to turn the European idea into a parody is to let it be associated with people who constantly claim European values without any actual knowledge of them.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev

I learnt the most from Todor Zhivkov and Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. They are like two universities to me.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

It is not true that the MPs are lazybones.

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IS BOYKO A RELIABLE ALLY?

One of the things that has clearly distinguished Bulgaria's Prime Minister of about 10 years, Boyko Borisov, from his obvious authoritarian ilk – Hungary's Orban and Poland's Kaczynski – is the fact that sometimes, usually at the right time (in the presence of Western leaders), he asserts that he is pro-Western.

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We cannot have infrastructure like in Vienna if our taxes are like in Pernik.

Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov

Conscripting the youth in the military will restore their manly appearance.

Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

The Russian patriarch is a second-class KGB officer who made billions on untaxed cigarettes.

Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov

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FOR A COUPLE OF LIONS' HIDES

Under GERB, Bulgaria's public has become accustomed to scandals of various magnitude that come and go about every second day, sometimes several times a day. Outrageous statements often generated by fake news make headlines for a few hours and electrify the public's attention only to be overshadowed by the next scandal that may be even more outrageous than the previous one.

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WITH BULGARIA AT THE HELM

The government in Sofia takes this very seriously. On 1 January 2018 Bulgaria will become the rotating president of the EU for the first time since it was accepted as a member in 2007. Boyko Borisov appointed a special minister for the EU presidency, creating a government post foredoomed to be rather short-lived. Millions of leva were spent on a variety of infrastructure projects, Borisov's favourite, ranging from renovations of the Communist-era NDK, where most of the EU meetings and events will be held, to making Sofia's central roads narrower in order to make way for bicycle paths.

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We didn't introduce the air pollution early warning system because if we did you would ask about the measures, and they are yet to be implemented.

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova

Only Bulgarians who are good for nothing don't emigrate.

Former Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov

When there is construction works, there is peace.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

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BULGARIA INCREASINGLY SLIDES INTO AUTOCRACY

What has been in the offing ever since Boyko Borisov's GERB's ascend to power in 2009 is now beginning to assume sinister proportions more befitting the years just after the Second World War, when the Bulgarian Communist Party consolidated its hold to power, than an EU member state in 2017.

According to Prof (Oxon) Evgeniy Daynov, a political scientist, the central issue no longer is the replay of the means and methods of "Mature Socialism," with its stagnated economy and police state. It is when GERB will turn their almost 10-year rule into an open, full-fledged dictatorship.

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The opposition is very cunning, they diminish the successes of the government.

Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for Bulgaria's EU Presidency

The Balkans may replace the UK which is now exiting. Incredible nature. From the Mediterranean all the way to the Black Sea: mountains, rivers, natural wealth, hard-working nations ... beautiful people.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

Borisov will rule us until he gets fed up with us.

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This is not the Great Wall of China.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov after a sectionof the fence collapsed owing to some rain, in October

Bulgarian politics is like American wrestling. The battle between the GERB and the BSP is all fake.

Georgi Parvanov, president of Bulgaria in 2002-2012

There are corrupt activities that are not a crime.

Manuil Manev, an MP for GERB

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PRIME MINISTER GOES INTO RESTAURANT BUSINESS

At the peak of this summer's season a group of restaurant-goers in Sozopol, at the Black Sea coast, resorted to the currently fashionable Small Claims Court, known also as Facebook. They told the hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians whose chief source of information is Mark Zuckerberg's invention that they had booked a table at a restaurant but not all of them showed up for dinner. Four chairs were left empty.

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