Politico: Scandals in Bulgaria Come Thick and Fast

Bulgarians are losing count of the scandals. There's a Watergate-style wiretapping scandal. There's an agricultural tycoon accusing the government of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of extortion. And there's a state-owned bank providing hundreds of millions of euros to a small batch of favored companies.

Bulgaria: Alpha Research Polling Agency Comes out with Forecast for July Snap Election

With a few days to go before the official campaigning period ahead of Bulgaria's July 11 early parliamentary elections, Boyko Borissov's GERB-UDF electoral coalition has 20.3 per cent of support among those who intend to vote, with Slavi Trifonov's ITN party close behind at 18.2 per cent, according to the results of a poll released by Alpha Research on June 9.

Bulgarian TV Host-Turned-Politician Hints at Presidential Run

Slavi Trifonov in his talk show during a broadcast on May 18, 2020. YouTube still from 7/8 TV.

Slavi Trifonov, a popular former talk show host and singer and political newcomer, on Monday, hinted that he might run directly for the post of Prime Minister, or take part in the Presidential elections due later this year.

GERB Required Declassifying All Documents on Possible Wiretapping of Politicians

All documents related to politicians' wiretapping, if any such documents exist, must be declassified, GERB insists.
Toma Bikov of the until recently ruling party told a news briefing here on Saturday that the and those to blame must be held accountable if anything against the law had been done, and referred to competent authorities.

Bulgaria’s Caretaker Interior Minister Backs Opposition’s Eavesdropping Claims

Caretaker Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov. Source:

In an interview on Friday morning, he added that caretaker Prime Minister Stephan Yanev has also been tracked by the security agencies over the same period. Rashkov, a lawyer, warned that he believed evidence about the wiretapping is being destroyed. 

Bulgarian Defence Expert to Lead Caretaker Cabinet Until July Polls

Stefan Yanev (left) in Brussels in February 2017 with then US Defence Secretary James Mattis. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

The caretaker cabinet was appointed after the failure by several political parties - outgoing ruling party GERB, There's Such a Nation and the Bulgarian Socialist Party - to muster a coalition after the inconclusive results of elections on April 4.