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The Bulgarian Predicament

ImageOn February 27th2013 parts of the Bulgarian government left office due to recent protests over austerity measures, electricity prices and alleged official corruption. Bulgaria has faced many economic hardships and has become the 10th poorest country in Europe. Even Greece is financially outperforming the dismal Bulgarian economy. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was the main component of the government to step down. Mr. Borisov issued a statement after making the decision saying “it is the people who put us in power and we give that back to them today.” Unfortunately, the exile of the prime minister did very little to put satisfaction back into the Bulgarians. The citizens are asking for a whole new system of government. They want to implement more of a socialistic style of government rather than a democratic one. Unfortunately for the people of Bulgaria, the president does not agree with the viewpoint of the citizens. Instead, the president is sticking with the present style of government and is currently setting up an interim one. Elections for the more permanent government will be held in April. This has not been taken well by the majority of the Bulgarians.

In my opinion the Bulgarian government made a good decision by having the Prime Minister leave office. The protests were gradually starting to become more violent, and change needed to be implemented. But not all the decisions made by the government have been ideal. I believe they should abandon the multiparty system and transfer to the government that the people are demanding. With the economy of Bulgaria being the worst of the European union and the poverty rate above 20% the government needs a more drastic change. Even though the changes that have been completed are not radical enough, the Bulgarian government is responding to the dissatisfaction of the Bulgarian people. This shows that the average citizen of a nation can make a difference in their society. This relates to our government class greatly. The goal of the class is to create citizens that are active within the United States political system. This story proves that actively representing our beliefs can make a difference to our nation and change the course of it for the better. 

Sources

http://www.indexmundi.com/bulgaria/population_below_poverty_line.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/22/us-bulgaria-government-idUSBRE91L0LI20130222

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323549204578315393360867474.html

 

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  1. March 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Austerity measures in EU had negative impact on eastern europeans countries. East european countries should follow economics of investment and new job creation and not listen to rating agencies.

  1. March 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

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