Fiasco and Hope After Bulgarian Government Resignation - Der Standard

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Bulgaria: Fiasco and Hope After Bulgarian Government Resignation - Der Standard Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. Photo by BGNES.

Bulgaria is in the middle of a systematic crisis, but the civil society against the Oresharski cabinet is a ray of light for democracy, an Austrian media outlet speculates.

In a commentary published on Der Standard website, author Markus Bernath claims that for fourteen months, the social-liberal Coalition for Bulgaria has been a fiasco. Not that much for the poor majority in the country which acquired some small benefits: more money for single mothers, small reductions in electricity bills. Better social policy is impossible in a country with so much anticommunism.

The government led by financier Plamen Oresharski was more than a debacle for the economy and the institutions of this country - member of the EU - the chosen parliament which was increasingly boycotted by those who lost the elections and pressurized by the street; the coalition which sought the support of far-right extremists without admitting it and which tried to make an oligarch and a media tycoon chairman of the secret service, the commentary reads.

The government's resignation and the early elections in October will not stop the ongoing instability. Bulgaria is stuck in a systematic crisis. It is in need of democracy reconstruction. The list of old and new mortgages that Oresharski leaves behind is spectacular: an indebted energy sector, South Stream, a bank with a billion-large hole, the oligarch Delyan Peevski and his supporters, an insufficient reform of the election code, decreasing investment. There is, however, a light in the tunnel, Bernath notes. The civil society against Oresharski will chase his successors with demands for higher transparency.

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Optimistic - 26 Jul 2014 // 20:12:07

Seedy GERB trust each other so much big ears had to wire tap their own ministers, what a joke.

GERB cant even trust each other so how do they expects voters to trust them.

But like last time they will print extra voting papers so their own people can vote lots of times.

Agent Piccadilly - 26 Jul 2014 // 17:54:43

Optimistic is right - the only people who have ever voted GERB are fascist, anti-democratic, counter-revolutionary swine. Soon Stanishev will have those Euro-Nazis in Brussels begging for his forgiveness as he exposes their nepotism and corrupt practices - but it will be too late as the Russian tanks will roll into Belgium, France and Germany to ensure democracy is restored to the people of Europe.

Seedy - 26 Jul 2014 // 15:02:45

"Integrity is a culture....." and O-AP and his various Commie alter-egos are morons - don't cast your pearls before these swine.....

Dogfish - 26 Jul 2014 // 14:09:06

In a country like Bulgaria it might not be such a wrong idea to keep tabs on people with power to spend (European) taxpayers money and influence people outside their own organization (prosecutors, judges). Integrity is a culture.....

Optimistic - 26 Jul 2014 // 13:42:42

The BSP DPS voters are far smarter to the idiots who vote for GERB. The GERB voters are completely stupid to vote for a government that wire taps its own ministers, the GERB criminals cant even trust each other.

Seedy - 26 Jul 2014 // 12:47:21

Mr Zhivkov - I believe that you are unfairly besmirching the reputation of mentally retarded, illiterate and uneducated Bulgarians.......they are still too smart to vote for the DSP/BSP!

Todor Zhivkov - 26 Jul 2014 // 12:41:05

Bravo! An excellent article, although what it fails to mention is that the entire BSP & MRF voter base consists of pensioners, peasants, gypsies, Turks, mentally retarded, illiterate and uneducated Bulgarians.

Optimistic - 26 Jul 2014 // 12:11:48

This article is biased and unfair.

Last year the Bulgarian People elected a parliament with no majority.

GERB failed to form a Government and the Socialists and Turks did.

They reduced taxes on lower paid people and increased pensions.

The protests against them were tiny and insignificant and completely stupid as the protestors had no agenda.

This article was written by an Austrian one of the homes of Facism.

I'm glad the Bulgarian Army working with the Russians over ran your country Austria at the end of WW2.

Atlanticist - 25 Jul 2014 // 23:06:16

Thank you John McCain. After you came here and told our corrupt leaders that you would go public with the huge bribes Russia was paying them for Southstream you made the most corrupt and disgraceful government in the history of Bulgaria resign. I hope you and other influential people from the American government and the European Union come here frequently so that we might have a government that leads to progress and development.

malak petko - 25 Jul 2014 // 22:44:31

good news

If you leave in Bulgaria!!

please keep the lights on during the day..

Because it is summer now and the photovoltaic panels produce electricity only during the day..

We have to pay 15 000 000 000 to the banks of the international community for this photovoltaic panels..

please help us.

Goodnews - 25 Jul 2014 // 14:41:54

People now bribed with lower energy costs, huge hand outs to agriculture and indebtedness roams wild again.

Without years, decades of massive hardship upon the uneducated the country is simply never going to pick its self up from a past that cannot return. Impossible to continue to fund ignorance on the level seen today.

Doubt the term anti-communism, what is wrong with just walking away from a system of government that fails to function. Perhaps the problem is that many refuse to embrace Bulgaria and Bulgarian way of life. Life that existed before many of these one coloured flag bearers arrived. Sharing, equal wages, homes, etc, so goodnews, almost kindness to inflict on society huge families, etc, and remember all that free love and will to the people ( yes, I joke) Remember Bulgaria, the flag contains red, white, green, nothing could be further from communism than the flag itself is Bulgaria.

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