Bulgaria Stands on Pillars of Sand

Editorial | June 16, 2011, Thursday // 16:15|  views

Bulgaria in its current form does not make sense.

The three pillars of the state, instead of engaging into the customary checks-and-balances relationship, are barking at each other like stray dogs.

The executive is in the grip of a spate of no-confidence motions staged to increase the media visibility of the opposition in pre-election times and persuade the yet-undecided voters that the government is a failure.

The judiciary is plagued by high-level appointment scandals. In fact, nobody believes in the judiciary- the common people take it for granted that it applies double standards, the Interior Minister claims that it is incapable of proving confirmed criminals guilty, and the judiciary itself has started to see itself as an increasingly dependent system vulnerable to a range of outside influences.

As for the Parliament, the 240 MPs' major function has long been to highlight the importance of not being seen, of not being heard or of not being present, all the while pursuing strictly personal agendas.

At the moment, Bulgaria is struggling for bare survival. If it is to go beyond the state of Schengen hopefulness, it needs to prove that it is a coherent and cohesive state.

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Tags: no-confidence vote, opposition, judiciary, executive, Schengen

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