Sofia Mayor to Bulgarian Expats: We Are Left with Bad Human Material Back Home

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Bulgaria Sofia Mayor to Bulgarian Expats: We Are Left Bad Human Material Back Home: Sofia Mayor to Bulgarian Expats: We Are Left with Bad Human Material Back Home The Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov appealed to Bulgarian expats in Chicago for support during his visit there on Wednesday. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The Sofia Mayor and informal leader of the GERB party Boyko Borisov told Bulgarian immigrants in Chicago Wednesday that Bulgaria's greatest problems was the "bad human material" left in the country.

"What is the basis of our population at the moment - one million Roma, 700 000 Turks, 2,5 million retirees. This is what GERB is facing", the Sofia Mayor said pointing out that the pensioners were motivated by nostalgic feelings for the communist past in their voting for the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

"And what about you - a million-and-a-half who ran away?... The human material that we are left with as voters and as a pool for recruiting staff - it is really not that big. It is easy to say: "we rely on you". If that is how the relying will go, I am myself going to screw up in one year", the GERB leader said as quoted by the BGNES news agency with cites a report of the Sega Daily.

He mentioned the Bulgarian communities in the Ukraine and Hungary as examples of Bulgarian immigrants to which Bulgarian should reach out. In his words, the Ukrainian state was assimilating gradually the ethnic Bulgarians there because they were high-quality human capital.

He stressed that the Bulgarians living in Budapest had long been exemplary citizens who used to grow food for the whole city with there gardens back in the days, and were well-known for being very hard-working.
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#20
JKS - 7 Feb 2009 // 09:12:11

"CreepyS,

Glad to have you on the forum and read your perceptive, balanced and well written opinions. Couldn't agree with you more...

Good luck with your endeavours in BG! :-)

R."

I second DP's thoughts!

PS if you are ever in Plovdiv I will take you out for a beer. My forum email is:
nikolka7@yahoo.com

#19
Bill - 5 Feb 2009 // 20:25:47

DA:

You raise a good point here, but what are the alternatives? Greetings, like breakfast, are very repetitive.

Had that experience on one of my ships. The crew was complaining about the sameness of breakfast. In desperation, the chief cook called a conference. He said he provided ham and eggs, bacon and eggs, other varieties of eggs, pancakes, waffles, cereals, so what else could he do? We wound up agreeing with him, and the strife was over.

That bit about being asked how I am by people who don't care has gotten to me more than once, too.

#18
Devil's Advocate - 5 Feb 2009 // 20:14:22

"Bulgarians value sincerity, Dutch. "

So very true! I remember how the American "tradition" of asking someone how you are doing with the response "Good and you?" irritated some of my BG friends when they came here b/c there was no sincerity in it...

#17
DP - 5 Feb 2009 // 18:00:55

Bulgarians value sincerity, Dutch.

Probably most of the people in BG share his views in this case and that will bring him more votes than empty slogans and promises that people had grown suspicious of.

Maybe Bulgarians got tired of being lied to???

#16
DP - 5 Feb 2009 // 17:49:38

"... after a month of heavy drinking in all bars in town to converse with all kinds of people when they are sincere, ie drunk..."

Creepy,

This is why we prefer village life in BG: people are sincere 90% of the time... LOL

#15
Dutch - 5 Feb 2009 // 17:46:43

"the one thing that I get from the major's comments is that it is not an election year this year"

Well, actually it IS an election year. I don't know how much Borissov is wanting to get into a coalition or whether he even has a wish of becoming PM, but the way he expressed himself would not do too much good under normal circumstances. However nowadays its pretty hard to give a good definition of "normal". :-)

#14
CreepyS - 5 Feb 2009 // 16:56:19

Hi DP,

Glad to be connected again;) Im getting slowly my things in order - after a month of heavy drinking in all bars in town to converse with all kinds of people when they are sincere, ie drunk, Im focusing on more important things.

As the situation is now its 100% negative - Ive rarely seen lazier and more disoriented people (I wrote scum and deleted it) in the places Ive been - and this is the present and the future generation of BG. Lets see whether and when the things can be changed to something more acceptable.

#13
DP - 5 Feb 2009 // 16:33:45

CreepyS,

Glad to have you on the forum and read your perceptive, balanced and well written opinions. Couldn't agree with you more...

Good luck with your endeavours in BG! :-)

R.

#12
xNELLIEx - 5 Feb 2009 // 15:25:31

CreepyS

I give you 6 months before you get fed up and start looking for a job abroad. Your English is pretty good, so.......Good luck with that. lol

#11
CreepyS - 5 Feb 2009 // 15:20:31

Actually, Im a Bulgarian living in Bulgaria for a bit over a month. What can I say - bati boiko is absolutely right on this one. Its surreal here in Sofia - most of the city is dirty and abandoned but the pubs and the cafes are full from monday to saturday, on sunday people get tired of chating, drinking and pretending to work or go to their native places and its a bit calmer.

The problem is not that many people here are dumb and uneducated, the problem is that the hardest working folk are the waiters and the waitresses - the rest dont even try to simulate work. Everybody talks against everybody, no organization, no leadership, no strategy and even interest of how to do a better job, no nothing. Its actually a miracle that BG is not doing even worse with this kind of stupid mentality.

But you can see it much better from here than from there or from reading the BG media.

#10
xNELLIEx - 5 Feb 2009 // 15:09:49

Steal-it (gone in 30 seconds)

"Frankly , I had some doubts you would not understand the meaning ... lol ... but , this time my English was good enough for you to reply ... go ahead !"

HAHAHAHA! All dirty minds think alike!

#9
xNELLIEx - 5 Feb 2009 // 15:01:16

oooops.....I left out WW. There is no one of WW's quality in Bulgaria.

#8
xNELLIEx - 5 Feb 2009 // 14:59:48

"I doubt that the bulgarian human material abroad is so much better then back home. The forum fails too proof it."

HUH? Are you writing in English?

All the Bulgarians on this forum are living abroad. There is not one Bulgarian here who is actually living in Bulgaria. Is there? You know why? Because all smart and enterprising Bulgarians leave as soon as they learn English. It is hard to make a comparison between Bulgarians living abroad and Bulgarians living in Bulgaria because there are no Bulgarians living in Bulgaria on this forum. Who are you comparing us to? By us, I mean DP, kolega, me, George Zeliazkov, Plamenski.

#7
Stealthy - 5 Feb 2009 // 14:52:26

"It is true, actually. All the best Bulgarians left Bulgaria a long time ago. Only the garbage remains. Immigration is self-elected and the best, the most ambitious and the brightest always leave. The reverse is true as well - the dumbest and the laziest go to live in Bulgaria. Like you, for example."

DUREX ,

I appreciate your thoughts about the coutry you come from . You have already emphasized its place in the world , have not you ? The rest of Bulgarians not having a chance to leave should thank you . Frankly , I had some doubts you would not understand the meaning ... lol ... but , this time my English was good enough for you to reply ... go ahead !

#6
Buddy - 5 Feb 2009 // 14:52:22

Taro you are right, The mayor is one of the famous prooves for that too!