"We wanted to stand out, to show that we are different. In 1997, we suffered a disastrous banking and financial crisis. We found that those who lived for some time careless and spent too much, finally had to pay the price. Bulgaria had learned its lesson."
Bulgaria's Finance Minister Simeon Djankov replies to a question by German newspaper Die Zeit about the tight fiscal policy that the government adopted despite the country's good finances before the crisis started raging in Europe
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