Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I would like to share my concise view point of the three figures discussed:

1. Simeon is definitely well educated and even erudite
with all his languages and knowledge, gained due to the mere fact that he is a royal monarch. He won respect among the common people and leading results on the elections because the people expected him to be truly devoted to the problems of the country. He did some positive changes mainly because his ministers were young, ambitious, and experienced.

2.Borisov is loved by the people because he is a man of deeds and not of words. I like him personally too. According to me he could achieve success in politics if he gathers a team of professionals with expertise in different areas of the economy, politics, and the social shpere.

3. Siderov' hatred campaign works only because the people have to a certain extend turned to their primitive functions due to poverty, insecurity, and misery. But when we join the EU, propaganda against the minorities and ultra-right ideas would not find very "fertile soil" in the eyes of the European political elite.

I'm not ugly,but my beauty is a total creation.Hegel

by Chris on Tue Mar 28th, 2006 at 10:14:08 AM EST
Do you believe Borissov is an appropriate figure for a Bulgarian president?

I think that gathering a team of professionals will more or less contrast the image Borissov has been trying to build so far, because up to know he was attempting to prove that he can "fix" things without a certain expertise platform. But maybe you're right- a new team could bring him even more credit.

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde

by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Tue Mar 28th, 2006 at 10:34:39 AM EST
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By the way, what is the pre-1990 past of Siderov and Borissov? I read that the latter was in some special forces unit.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 28th, 2006 at 12:55:01 PM EST
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I really can't tell you much, I was looking for the same information before writing the diary, but rather unsuccessfully. All I know is that Siderov used to be a photographer in the National Museum of Literature. At this time, he joined the literature circle "39", and wrote a volume of poetry called "Autobiography". After the regime collapsed in 1989, he joined the Organization for Human Rights, founded by one of the Bulgarian dissidents. In 1990, he became the editor-in-chief of the newspaper of the UDF, "Democracy".

As to Borissov- true that he had a military background. You can take a look at his CV.

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde

by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Tue Mar 28th, 2006 at 01:12:52 PM EST
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Oh, and Borissov was also a member of the Communist Party, and guarded Todor Zhivkov, the Communist leader and his family.

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Tue Mar 28th, 2006 at 01:17:44 PM EST
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