Voting for the European Parliament will be debased if Bulgarians turn it into a vote of confidence in the government or any specific individual.
Instead, Bulgarians should focus on the debate about reforming the EU institutions, enlargement, security – and Bulgaria's now famous identity (crisis).
Voter turnout would increase significantly if the debate ahead of the ballot went that way, according to Bulgaria's President Georgi Sedefchov Parvanov.
Of course, exactly the opposite is true. Voters all over the EU, not just in its newest and poorest members, tend to go to the polls only when the issues at stake are close to them and affect them directly.
And in Bulgaria, the most important issues related to Europe are why aren't the Bulgarians living like the rest of the Europeans; why are they distancing themselves from, instead of getting closer to, Europe's main principles, standards and values; who is to blame; and what is to be done to change the sorry state they all have to live in.
Avuncularly, the president instead proposes to forget about the government that has plagued Bulgaria with corruption, crime, misery and meaninglessness.
Guess who will benefit if the Bulgarians follow Parvanov's advice...