Elections in Bulgaria again?

Less than a year since it took office, the Bulgarian government is once again on the brink of collapse: the upcoming change of prime minister after nine months brokered by the governing parties Gerb and PP-DB in their coalition agreement has sparked a row about the entire cabinet. Commentators speculate on what comes next.

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e-vestnik (BG) /

Just what Borisov wanted

Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is deliberately sabotaging the coalition, says e-vestnik:

“New elections would be more profitable for Borisov, and he has staged this show to make that happen. He's hoping to secure seven to eight more MPs in a snap election and thus emerge stronger. But that's not possible because he would have to deal with at least one other party as a coalition partner. ... We must always remember that the political crisis in Bulgaria is called Boyko Borisov.”

Deutsche Welle (BG) /

Yet another political crisis

The Bulgarian service of Deutsche Welle comments:

“Bulgaria is once again heading towards a serious political crisis. This will have a destabilising effect on the functioning of the institutions and the economy and diminish the prospects of full accession to the Schengen Area and the Eurozone in the near future. ... The right course would have been for both sides to first sign a coalition agreement and only afterwards present a first term of government with a cabinet that would have been part of this agreement.”