We don’t like, we don’t like Borisov, but, in the end, it turns out that Borisov doesn’t spend that much. Do you see how absurd that is? And those who said that Borisov is such and such, in six months messed up a great thingstated the former Minister of Education in the office of Simeon of Saxe-Coburg (2005-2009), Prof. Daniel Valchev, now dean of the Faculty of Law of Sofia University.
He commented on the political processes in our country, including our last regular government with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and the refusal of “We continue the change” to negotiate with parties like GERB and especially with its leader and former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, in an interview with BNR.
When asked if a diploma from a prestigious Western university means that its holder would become a good politician, Prof. Valchev assured that the best thing that could happen is for Bulgarians to study in the most prestigious universities in the world and then return to work in our country, but make some arrangements:
“We have to bear in mind that, as it turned out – with apologies for what I’m going to say – with our last prime minister, having completed a master’s program at one of the best universities in the world is far from a certificate of that you are a smart person. This first. Second, politics is not just a matter of intellect. Politics, from my point of view, is a question, first, of some moral orientations that you must have, and secondly, of a vision for the development of society. Third, you have to somehow explain the world to yourself“.
There is nothing wrong with young people ruling, but the most important thing is that they are concerned about the people who elected them, Valchev believes. “The point is to be a reasonable person, to care about the people who elected him, not to be a slave to cheap poster clichés and, if possible, to have relative honesty. It turned out that on the 42nd parallel it was a big problem“, he stated.
Why didn’t the previous administration succeed?
To this question, which he asked himself, Valchev indicated the refusal of negotiations with certain political formations, without naming GERB.
“First, it was a confrontational administration. I’m tired of being ruled by people who make very heavy trenches between each other’s views. Yes, it’s true, people are different. You like one, I like another political trend. The point is that in certain situations, for the sake of everyone living well, the people I like talk to the people you like. Nothing that they are opponents. These artificial, very severe divisions, in which no one talks to anyone, accuse each other of anything, I think they are not in the best interest of the country. The nation needs to be united, not divided. It doesn’t hurt to be different, but people should be able to have different opinions on different issues without being stigmatized.
If you ask me what a basic human right is, I think it is to have wrong ideas about the world. I may be wrong, but the right to be wrong is a basic human right. You cannot forbid me to be wrong, tell me: “You will not think this way, you will think otherwise.” Otherwise, we are going back 30 or so years.
In the case of the previous rule, this is perhaps some explanation, because when you are not a particularly complicated person, of course your ideas about the world could not be very complicated.“
Another thing that has prevented us is the understanding embedded in our country that after the decades of communist regime we still have to catch up, that we are “second category people” and we have to listen to what the advanced countries tell us.
“This creates problems in our political elite, because it behaves in such a way as to please the larger and more advanced countries, as it imagines them, and does not take advantage of all the opportunities that political communication gives it.
To this day, our representatives in the EU, NATO and elsewhere do not behave as representatives of a member state, but as representatives of a candidate state. It’s like we’re going to meet some criteria, we’re set, we don’t participate in decision-making, we’re like some kind of contractors who are told: “Now you’ll go left, now you’ll go rightValchev pointed out.
Although, according to him, “we are really in a very big impasse”, “there is no doubt that it is much better to have a parliamentary responsible government”.
“Our constitutional model is such that without a functioning parliament, governments can, of course, manage, but for a not very long horizon. Not to mention that we are at the end of the year, someone has to pass the budget. Not to mention that in this budget, with which the state functions this year, we will have to take on nearly 6 billion more in debt. That is, in some way, there must be political responsibility around it. Not just to do it, but for someone to say: “Yes, I stand behind this and it is done.”“.
Regardless of the “impasse”, Prof. Valchev is optimistic: “Bulgarians have always somehow managed to get better. Intuitively, everyone will somehow see what is right and what is not right. I don’t think anyone should teach people that.” .
Asked about yesterday’s State of the Union speech by EC President Ursula von der Leyen, he said he “didn’t make it” to listen to the speech, “but there are hardly any big surprises”.
“Such a person would have stood extremely well 20 or 25 years ago at the head of the European structures – in a calm time when everything is developing according to plan, when there are no big surprises and the big question is whether we will give 2% more of the community budget for rural economy or 2% less and some great pillow tragedies are unfolding between France and the other members.
At the moment, things are far from being like that, and the need for the EU to have leaders in the true, real sense of the word, in my opinion, is great.
The very creation of European structures, outside the parliament, is technologically done in such a way that there cannot be any leaders there. The strength of the EU, the hardest decisions are made in the Council of the EU. It is not in the EC, it is more like an executive body.
Not only Mrs. von der Leyen, but also Mr. Borrell, and the other leaders at this level, in general, do not seem to carry much weight.”commented Valchev.