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The first elections for the European parliament in Bulgaria the outer view [22 May 2007]

The first elections for the European parliament in Bulgaria  the outer view The low interest in the first European parliament elections in Bulgaria appears to characterize not only Bulgarian voters but also the leading English language media. At the same time, the generalized picture of the outer glance is not optimistic. The political process in Bulgaria is described as a struggle between an unpopular government which faces difficulties in coping with corruption and organized crime and populist political alternative. No matter the comments concerning the government are in harmony with those in Bulgarian media, the differences in the description of the political alternative are obvious.

Financial times the event as following : a new rightwing party led by Boyko Borissov, the populist mayor of Sofia, scored a marginal victory in Bulgaria's first European parliament elections at the weekend, in a blow to theSocialist-led government, which is already struggling to prevail in a fight against corruption. The newspaper states that in some ways, Bulgaria's elections on Sunday for 18 seats in the European parliament were distinctly European in both style and substance: the turnout was disappointing (less than 30 per cent), and the voters took their chance to punish the government by voting for antestablishment parties.

According to International herald tribune the Bulgarian opposition narrowly won European Parliament elections. The EU vote, which drew a turnout of just 28.6 percent, was seen as a clear signal to the Socialist-led governing coalition that Bulgarians are displeased with living standards and the government's inability to curb crime and corruption.

Daily Telegraph comments that killings by organised criminals and government corruption dominated Bulgaria's first elections to the EU yesterday only six months after the former Warsaw Pact country joined amid hopes of democratic reforms. The government faced strong challenges from populist antcorruption campaigners and far-Right nationalists.

Sources: iht.com, telegraph.co.uk, FT.com

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