2/3 of Bulgarians Pessimistic about Country's Future - Survey
67% of Bulgarians are pessimistic about the development of their country, against only 17% optimists, according to the most recent Gallup International poll.
However, the agency recalls that similar levels of pessimism were recorded throughout 2013, and are to be interpreted as connected with the perception of a permanent political crisis in the country.
Attitudes towards the political situation and individual actors have not changed significantly, with the numbers "pro" and "contra" decisive issues very close.
According to the survey 40% of Bulgarians believe that anti-cabinet protests must continue, and another 40% believe that they must stop.
50% are skeptical regarding the protests' results.
People's trust in institutions remains traditionally low, with trust in the cabinet around 33%, while disaproval around 60%, a number that has not grown significantly.
At the same time, a separate poll by Alpha Research has registered an increase of approval for PM Plamen Oresharski for the first time since August 2013.
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@madoods The money has gone in the pockets of cronies. Like I said earlier ALL politicians are cronies, the simple reason being those who are not cronies, who care about something else besides money and power do not become politicians, they prefer to spend there life doing something else. When those people cannot even provide for themselves (forget families most Bulgarians have no families) there truly is nothing they can do other than leave the country. Similar scenario in the rest of Europe where people are shrugging there shoulders, taking their assets (some even selling their businesses which are worth millions of Euros) and leaving for Canada and Australia.
They can protest all they want, but it won't get very far. First of all the Bulgarian protestors do not serve the interests of the West like the Ukrainian or Syrian protestors meaning they will have no support or backing whatsoever, especially when the current government is probably serving the interests of the West better than the protestors ever will. Hence a blind eye will be turned, just like with those protestors in Turkey (or the service delivery protests in South Africa which have been going on for the past +/- six years), the government will use force to disperse them. Most Bulgarians, not liking violence, will give up, others will carry on but no one will pay attention to them.
Lets say someone does overthrow the government, somebody who genuinely wants to help the people and isn't a crony, leads the country. What then? The country is very limited in natural resources, its entire industry is foreign owned and has no money, his only option is take either a loan from the IMF/World Bank or accept money which is not a loan such as EU funds but nevertheless will have to be paid back in the future. You can use that money to make it a shiny country but eventually you will have to pay back more than double the amount of money you took out, leaving you with a Greece situation which is even worse than what we have now.
And with many of those who could change Bulgaria for the better leaving, it is unlikely to improve here. Many of the age group who could be a force for change just shrug their shoulders and say, 'What can we do, but leave? It is the only way we can provide a better future for ourselves and our families'. That is a dreadful state of affairs from members of the EU, especially when so much money has been poured into new countries to improve them. Where has that money gone, if the country has not been improved enough to keep its citizens in work in their own countries?
Bulgaria, a happy EU/NATO member-State......The hands of that lady...To hell with all those gone-with-the-wind- fetters-of-the Soviet commies/"commies"-Bulgaria-isn't it time-to-think-about-breaking-fresh fetters?