Back then, in Communist times, it was impossible to travel abroad. I had only visited Bulgaria and the GDR. And the first things I saw in Bulgaria were exactly those squatting toilets, which I had never seen in Czechoslovakia. This is why I remembered them.

David Cerny, sculptor

I needed five more votes and I would have remained a member of the IOC. If I had the money, I could have gone round 20 members of the IOC and messed up the plans. Because many of them are indebted to me. It's like that – give and take.

Ivan Slavkov, former chairman of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee

It is gas that you are in short supply of, not electricity, right? Nuclear power stations do not work on gas and they do not produce gas.

Professor Jean–Paul Jacquet, advisor to the General Secretary of the Council of the European Union, Javier Solana, commenting on President Georgi Parvanov's idea for restarting the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant's obsolete reactors

The mafia is more disciplined than public servants. Hierarchy and codes of conduct are being observed.

Roman Vasilev, public prosecutor at the Sofia prosecutor's office

In the 1990s, a Greek businessman said that Bulgaria did not have a market economy but rather a judicial economy. A few years had to go by until I understood that he had been right. Every good business deal can be amended by a court to protect certain interests.

Nikolay Svinarov, leader of the BND, or Bulgarian New Democracy party

Another consequence of the crisis is that our existence will start resembling the Western model in which most people live in rented homes.

Dimitar Barbukov, owner of an investment construction company


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