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Thursday and Friday are crucial for the protests

18 July 2013 / 14:07:09  GRReporter
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The statements of the four ambassadors are the expression of certain European values ​​but also an act on the verge of the good diplomatic tone. This means that the current tripartite coalition does not enjoy the confidence of key member states due to its serious deviation from the standards of the public and political activities and because of the empowerment of the "Attack" party - a party which has arrogantly broken with the European ethics, aesthetics and civilization.

How can society "get rid" of the "Attack" party phenomenon?

Society cannot "get rid" of the "Attack" party, but society can reduce the political weight of this party and this can only happen after the resignation of the government and early elections. Other political options are also being discussed, namely a broad coalition without the "Attack" party for which Borisov is signalling but which could hardly happen within this Parliament.

We see that the attempts to discredit the reformist bloc have started even before its creation. What are the dangers for it? Could it be the alternative in the event of early elections?

Naturally, the current parliamentary status quo is not interested in the consolidation of the reformist space but the reformist bloc itself is not a meeting of kindergartens - it must be aware that the symbolic battle in the media will be relentless. Regarding their chances in the event of early elections, they seem high at present with the reservation that the formation of the bloc is at its very beginning and making forecasts in this regard is risky.

The President has supported the protests but criticism against him followed from both sides. Some media have published discrediting materials about him whereas others are criticising him for not doing anything substantial to support the protests in practice. How would you comment on this?

The real attack against the President is from the government as well as from pro-government media. No banners against Plevneliev have appeared in the streets; to the contrary, banners reading "Thank you, Mr. President" have appeared after his statements. The awareness of these protests is very high and the protesters know that his powers are limited at present.

What needs to happen? Is it new elections? What will be the outcome of this stalemate if they reproduce the same parties?

The government insists on maintaining the status quo and the protesters want resignation, changes in the electoral code and new elections. In my opinion, talks about re-establishing the public order should start but there is no will for this among the key public figures and the active groups in the country.

How do you see the social contract in Bulgaria in the longer term?

It is necessary but difficult! In order for it to happen, there must be an internal persistence from the protesters and external pressure, it is also necessary for large groups of people such as small- and medium-sized businesses, active people, public administration, including the media, to start perceiving themselves as losers due to the current institutional order.

Tags: PoliticsBulgariaProtestsGovernmentVasil Garnizov
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