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Will Bulgaria's New GERB Government Be Stable?

A comment by Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld

27.07.2009 · Novinite.com


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As Bulgaria's Prime Minister-designate Boyko Borisov announced his new cabinet on Thursday, July 23, 2009, the Editorial Team of Novinite.com approached top officials, businessmen, journalists, foreigners living in Bulgaria, and general public figures with its BLITZ QUESTION:

Will Bulgaria new cabinet be stable? What should be its top priorities?

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Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld: Well, it depends. Even though a record voting participation, the GERB and his popular candidate have not come into the absolute power and must now create a healthy and resilient coalition. The winner of the elections Boyko Borisov and his new team have a large number of problems to be solved soon. He announced that he will fight the economical crisis and that he will stop the omnipresent corruption. That fits the goals of the other right wing parties and could lead to get frozen money from Brussels. Insofar must Borissov hold what he announced and the coalition must quickly start to do a good job.

Priorities - first of all, getting and keeping trust with the population and the elites. The problems of the country are well known and the voters obviously had no more confidence to the former left wing government. Only on the basis of trust Borrisov and his government can catch the economical challenges of the future and fight against corruption successfully. Last is decisively in the context of the relationship to Europe and the European Union and the quality of this relationship is one of the most important aspects of the future of Bulgaria.

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