Boyko Borisov's Apples and Oranges
Amidst the flamboyant opening of Sofia Metro's second line, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov didn't omit his favorite "comparison" – that the metro cost twice cheaper than the Belene NPP "pond" so far.
("Pond" meaning the water accumulated in the construction pit of what was to be Bulgaria's second NPP.)
The Sofia Metro is an achievement, hands down – it's the Borisov Cabinet that built it, after 30 years.
But that doesn't mean the PM should compare apples and oranges – as his Euro-Atlantic "partners" (such as "David" - that's how Borisov calls his British counterpart) would say.
One can't compare a NPP with a subway. It's evident what's cheaper. But Borisov seeks to persuade Bulgaria that a metro line is more important than a potentially strategic nuclear plant.
I don't think I believe him. Nor do I believe the former communists who signed the Belene deal with the Russians. For the Bulgarian public the truth about Belene remains "out there", in an "X-File".
The metro is convenient but doesn't create GDP. And it runs on electricity, it doesn't produce it. So instead of comparing apples and oranges, Borisov should prepare for the upcoming Belene referendum.
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