Bulgarian Diplomat: Anti-Govt Rallies Stir Doubts in Europe

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Ex Bulgarian Minister: Anti-Govt Protests Stir Doubts in Europe: Bulgarian Diplomat: Anti-Govt Rallies Stir Doubts in Europe Meglena Plugchieva, photo by BGNES

There is a feeling of suspicion and skepticism in Europe towards Bulgaria due to the persistent anti-government rallies in the last two months, according to Bulgarian Ambassador in Switzerland, Meglena Plugchieva.

Plugchieva, who is a former Deputy PM and EU Funds Management Minister in the Three-Way Coalition Cabinet (2005 – 2009), led by Socialist Sergey Stanishev, told TV7 Sunday that the protests were symptoms of instability, causing suspicion and putting on hold plans of foreign investors.

According to her, Bulgarians fail to draw the line between the achievements and the mistakes of political parties, which is a sign of not placing national interests above partisan ones.

"The focus is always on the flaws, while the European practice is exactly the opposite – seeking consensus, trust, consistency and continuity," said Plugchieva.

The diplomat stressed the Bulgarian mission in Switzerland was trying to change the negative image and has launched a campaign to promote Bulgaria as a tourist destination.

"We have much to show not only to Switzerland but to the entire Europe. We need to learn to advertise our positives, which are plenty," the former Minister concluded.

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peterperfect - 12 Aug 2013 // 08:16:41

Of course they do, don't need to be a super brain to work that one out. So why do the politicians try to bury their heads in the sand and continue to do things that anyone with a modicum of common sense would realise would further aggravate the situation. It is the politicians that need to wake up and change their ways. It's quite simple guys, the old way is OUT, finished, taboo get your acts together and step into the new order, forget personal gain you are SERVANTS of the people not their masters.

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Zhoro V - 11 Aug 2013 // 21:10:43

It's the government itself that stirs doubts in Europe.

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Hoss - 11 Aug 2013 // 21:05:34

as a Canadian business owner that deals with Bulgarian businesses I agree in part.....but I disagree with the ministers statement of trying to focus on the good ... any wise business investor will see through that and that the Bulgarian people as a hole are unhappy and skeptical with the present government you can't sugar coat shit and call it candy !

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