WHAT WE HAVE AS A TOPIC...

by Stamen Manolov

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the leader of the Republicans for Bulgaria political party that has been registered to stand in the 2021 general election, may be a man of few academic achievements but he is obviously one of many words, actions and apartments in Sofia, which he has obtained at very cutdown prices.

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Tsv. Tsv., as he is sometimes popularly referred to, is the head of the Euro-Atlantic Centre for Security, a thinktank set up by himself when he was forced to resign from GERB, in 2019. Tsvetanov and "thinktank" in the same sentence? – some cynics Bulgarians have wondered. In actual fact, Tsv. has described the purpose of his centre as one designed "to provide quality professional analyses, to generate ideas and to seek opportunities to publicise a variety of standpoints by encouraging debates on security sector issues." It is unclear what sort of "analyses" the EACS has produced during one year of its existence, but what few Bulgarians have any doubts about is that during his time in Bulgarian politics, since the late 2000s, Tsv.'s style has become as inimitable as that of his former boss, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. 

This is how Tsvetan Tsvetanov has described his new political agendas: 

"What we have as a topic, which will be discussed, and a topic that you have asked me about, then I think that we will have more clarity on the topics, which I don't think we will have to turn into a free-for-all conversation in public space, because you see what's happening, but we still adhere to some normal topics that cannot invoke any discomfort or tensions about similar topics in these specific areas. You do understand that what it is not is not the same thing. In the whole thing that is happening these are the things that are important, and they are not what they are alleged to be."

Please note the translation above has been made from the Bulgarian verbatim.

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