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The Bulgarian agriculture sector is in shambles.

Kiril Vatev, agriculture minister

It is crucial to rock the tree, a rotten apple or two might fall.

Judge Neli Kutskova on the links between organised crime and the judiciary exposed after the assassination of Martin "Notary" Bozhanov

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This is an aggressive offensive against statehood, history and memory.

President Rumen Radev on the Soviet Army Monument in Sofia

I am baffled that rightwing economists defend Asen Vasilev's state budget draft. My only explanation is that he has hypnotised them to believe that this is a good budget. Have you noticed that Asen Vasilev never blinks?

Delyan Dobrev, GERB

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Yes, I was informed that during the street violence the interior minister was at the movies. At this time there was a meeting of the Council of Ministers and the deputy minister was present instead. I had to tell him to leave the meeting and do his job.

Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov on the whereabouts of Interior Minister Kalin Stoyanov during the violent clashes between football fans and the police in Sofia

I was neither in a bar, nor in a disco.

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Our homegrown Bolsheviks wanted to organise an October Revolution.

Gen Atanas Atanasov, chairman of DSB, on the unsuccessful no-confidence vote against the government

We will have to grab the devil's tail to drag this country out of the swamp.

Finance Minister Asen Vasilev

Corruption is the gravest problem in Bulgaria's power engineering. And it is a fact because the greatest part of the industry is owned by the state.

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We have laws already. What are we ranting about? All tarts woke up 16 years later to remember they were raped. Like the case of that American film director whom they turned a monkey into.

Former chairman of the National Assembly Culture Committee Vezhdi Rashidov

Sofia must be hospitable to the people of Sofia rather than the Italians, Germans and Englishmen who come in weekends to have a beer along Vitosha Boulevard.

Vanya Grigorova, candidate for the Sofia mayoralty

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I want to make it perfectly clear that Ukraine insists on continuing this war, and that the bill is being paid by the whole of Europe.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev during the inauguration of the Rozhen Flagpole

Radev swings between being a war hawk and a dove of peace.

Kornelia Ninova, Chairwoman of the BSP

In Bulgaria's right wing, there is a conflict between the families of the former State Security and the genuine rightwing people.

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We started a new political transition and we need wider support.

Hristo Ivanov, leader of Yes Bulgaria, on negotiations with DPS MP Delyan Peevski, sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act

Do you want to take DNA from all children in Sofia?

Boyko Borisov on his refusal of a paternity test over alleged offspring supposedly living in luxury in Barcelona

People overestimate us: we are neither that omnipotent, nor that evil.

GERB MP Toma Bikov

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Since yesterday afternoon a drone has been hovering around my terrace and has entered it.

Yasen Todorov, deputy director of the National Investigations Service

I was proposed (someone said, by Boyko Borisov) to become ambassador to Israel or Turkey. I did not take this seriously.

Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev

All the prosecutor general does is talk about me. He thinks I am afraid of him. I  do not get scared easily.

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GERB want a Latin American type of stability – a handful of people and companies getting all the money while the rest of the people are poor or emigrate to escape being poor.

Asen Vasilev, Changes Continued

One of the political players, CC-DB, were unable to win the election. The other political player, GERB, were unable to lose them.

Arman Babikyan, political commentator

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Bulgarian women may have lower pensions, but they live longer.

Biser Petkov, former Public Welfare Minister, on the pay gap between men and women

It is not hypocritical that we receive money in euros and US dollars.

Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of the Vazrazhdane extreme nationalist party that is pushing for a referendum against adopting the euro as national currency

Our country is threatened with default.

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He tells Ukraine it should fall on its knees and accept that it will no longer exist.

Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's stance that no weapons should be sent to Ukraine

In reality, Boyko Borisov continues to rule – the old management boards are still running all the key institutions.

Former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov

I am disappointed, because I like the American way of life.

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The people placed their bet on evil. Evil won, so did the people.

Nikolay Gabrovski, GERB's prime minister-designate, on his failure to win approval in parliament

Gabrovski had a mission from God.

Meglena Plugchieva, minister-designate from Gabrovski's failed cabinet

Power is temporary. The consequences of stupid government decisions are long-standing.

Caretaker Prime Minister Galab Donev

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Bringing back paper ballots is a pogrom against democracy.

Kiril Petkov, Changes Continued

Boyko Borisov has dreamed for long to become an Ahmed Dogan in Bankya.

Gen Atanas Atanasov, leader of the DSB

Talking about the war as if it were a video game is a dangerous hobby. Russia's war on Ukraine is not a simulation.

Caretaker Prime Minister Galab Donev

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It will be easier for us to forge a British rather than a Bulgarian government.

Solomon Pasi, president of the Bulgarian Atlantic Club

Instead of getting worse, the situation is becoming hopeless.

Former Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov just before he was elected speaker of the new National Assembly

Having a government just for the winter sounds like having a girlfriend just for the summer.

Radan Kanev, EMP

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If they were in Rome, Kiril Petkov and Asen Vasilev would put Brutus at the top of their ballots.

Slavi Trifonov, leader of the There Is Such a People party

We are brutally attacked by organsied criminals who want to stop us from taking their money.

Kiril Petkov, Changes Continued

I have never lied to the Bulgarians, this is why they kept electing me for years.

Boyko Borisov, GERB

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I will speak out, you will see me, but you will hear the words of Mr Slavi Trifonov.

Toshko Yordanov, MP for the There Is Such a People party

Kiril Petkov would have had a long political career if he did not talk like this.

Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova

We already showed that we are not an outgoing government. The Bulgarian government and institutions are still in place and no one is above the law.

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It's a spiral. They have entered a spiral. And it's very, very difficult to get out of that spiral.

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, on Bulgaria's stance on North Macedonia's EU membership application

GERB is a German shepherd that can do the job. Changes Continued are Chihuahuas. Everyone likes them, but they can't do the job.

Delyan Dobrev, MP for GERB

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Do not interpret my criticism as a desire to topple the government.

President Rumen Radev

If the most Russia dependent country with the lowest per capita GDP in the EU can afford to stand up to Putin, everyone should be able to stand up to Putin.

Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in the New York Times

Mr Radev's position that if we provide weapons to Ukraine we will prolong the conflict is a disgrace.

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Even if you shut us down, organised crime will gladly welcome us.

Vilislava Angelova, judge at the Specialised Criminal Court

I used to think that in the general scheme of things truth does not matter.

General Prosecutor Ivan Geshev

Do not be afraid, Bulgarians. Inflation will only get worse.

Financial expert Mika Zaykova

As a Defence Minister I have no right of personal opinion.

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We have enough sunflower oil to drown the country.

Economy Minister Kornelia Ninova on rumours of sunflower oil shortages 

The ruling coalition is cracking along geopolitical lines.

Daniel Mitov, GERB

Borisov's claim that he would fix all current problems in a day is extremely brazen. Where was he in the past 10 years?

Prime Minister Kiril Petkov

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