Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bulgaria has an interim Prime Minister

Over and over again, we see this. Things go badly for the elected government, it resigns and somebody appoints someone for the time being. Now it is Bulgaria's turn.
Bulgaria's president on Tuesday picked a career diplomat to lead an interim administration tasked with safeguarding political and financial stability after the center-right government quit last month amid swelling protests against austerity and corruption.

President Rosen Plevneliev said that Marin Raikov, a former ambassador to France who served as deputy foreign minister in two previous administrations, would lead the government until elections on May 12. Kalin Hristov, the deputy central bank governor since 2009 tasked with managing the peg linking Bulgaria's currency to the euro, will run the finance ministry.

The move to pick bureaucrats with no overt political affiliations was aimed at showing protesters there has been a clean break with a political class they view as corrupt and unable to improve living standards in the European Union's poorest member country.
None of this would matter, as I keep saying, but for one thing. The Bulgarian government is also our government and will be as long as we remain in the EU.

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