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5 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far.

Duma - Bulgaria | 23/01/2014

Brussels shouldn't only be strict with Bulgaria

The European Commission presented its progress reports on justice and internal security in Bulgaria and Romania on Wednesday. For the seventh year in a row, the report on Bulgaria points out serious shortcomings in upholding the rule of law and fighting corruption and organised crime. The socialist daily Duma is sick and tired of the criticism from Brussels: "Considering how much attention Bulgaria and Romania get from Brussels you would think we were the greatest, most wonderful and important state in all Europe. Honest to God: if the other EU countries were subjected to the same critical criteria the results would hardly be better there. A growing number of observers are openly admitting this now. And this is why voices could be heard yesterday calling for the discontinuation of these discriminatory monitoring measures."

Duma - Bulgaria | 19/12/2013

Stop Bulgaria's telephone swindlers

Telephone fraudsters are cheating thousands of people out of their savings in Bulgaria. Their victims are mostly the elderly, who easily fall prey to clever tricks on the telephone. The daily Duma calls for citizens to be better informed and for harsher measures against the perpetrators. "The victims only have themselves to blame, many say. But in the seconds and minutes in which you believe something terrible has happened to a relative, you easily lose your orientation. Emotions and fear cloud people's judgement. The fraudsters are well prepared. They know who has money and relatives, or are clever at getting people to reveal information on the telephone. ... Most people don't believe they would ever fall for such tricks until one day they lose all their savings to such a conman, or their own mother calls and says: they've robbed me. Until harsher punishment for telephone swindlers is introduced, they'll continue to wreak havoc."

Duma - Bulgaria | 16/09/2013

Protests in Bulgaria losing steam - hopefully

The anti-government protests that began in June in Bulgaria are now coming to an end, the pro-government daily Duma writes: "The protesters don't want genuine dialogue. They haven't come up with any solutions for the problems tormenting our society or said what will happen if the cabinet resigns. The nameless protesters wanted everything but didn't give anything. They wanted a democracy tailored to their own ideas. They wanted the destruction of authorities and institutions and ignored the citizens who elected the government. They've done a lot of shouting and organised lots of events, but now they're running out of steam. ... The summer is over and it will be more difficult to get people onto the streets. With the first autumn leaves falling from the trees, the protests too are coming to an end."

Duma - Bulgaria | 26/02/2013

Bulgarian media drop Borisov like a stone

Since the resignation of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, the television station TV7 and other media that supported the government until very recently have done a U-turn in their reporting, the opposition daily Duma observes: "Without the slightest warning, Borisov's media flagship has suddenly changed direction completely. ... Even Borisov's most fervent lickspittels are now acting as if they were his fiercest opponents. And the TV screens now show for the most part the 'faces of the people', the 'civil society' and protesters. What happened? Last week everyone was happy with the government. They loved Borisov and [his party] Gerb. Now they seem to have woken from hibernation. ... That's what paid love is like. It soon vanishes once the money tap runs dry. Now it's time for others to take the helm. Well, don't forget the money bags!"

Duma - Bulgaria | 03/05/2012

Press freedom in Bulgarian

Bulgaria ranked 78th alongside Hungary in the American "Freedom House" foundation's most recent press freedom ranking list and was given the rating "partially free". Freedom House has got it all wrong, writes the opposition daily newspaper Duma with more than a hint of irony: "The newspapers, radio, television and online media all communicate freely with the government in Bulgaria. In what other country do top reporters receive text messages from the prime minister himself? In what other country do journalists freely discuss with the prime minister what they should serve their venerable audiences, and above all how to do it so that they understand the lengths the government is going to to make Bulgaria a dream country? The government has immense respect for the media: whenever the media makes a mistake in its reporting there's a friendly call from the cabinet of ministers reminding the journalists of their right to correct their slip-up."

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