WCC-DB, GERB cabinet is most popular outcome
More Bulgarians favor a government composed of a coalition of GERB and WCC-DB over President Radev's caretaker cabinets, according to a survey by Market Links agency. The poll also found that a cabinet supported by GERB, BSP and DPS would enjoy the least support.
A total of 54% of respondents they would definitely vote if new elections are inevitable. A total of 14% say that they would rather vote than not, 11% said they do not know if they would vote, 5% say that they would rather not vote and 16% declared that they were sure they would definitely not cast a ballot.
Later today, GERB's leader Boyko Borisov announced that for he is not going to negotiate with WCC-DB for now and their cabinet proposal is not on the table anymore.
Bulgaria climbs media freedom ranking
For the second year in a row, Bulgaria has climbed the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranking for media freedom. According to an index by the international non-governmental organization announced on May 3 the country has risen to 71st place, 20 places higher than its ranking in 2022. For years, Bulgaria ranked lowest in terms of media freedom in the European Union
"Although Bulgaria is climbing the ranks, it has not improved much," said Pavol Shalai, head of RSF's European Union and Balkans Bureau.
Bulgaria must pay millions to former monarch and PM
The Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has decided that the Bulgarian state should pay almost 3 million leva in compensation to Simeon of Saxe-Coburg and his sister Maria Luiza Borisova. This follows a 15-year ban on the commercial exploitation of forests in Rila.
The 2008 moratorium on the exploitation of certain lands restituted to Simeon, the son of King Boris and technically the country's last tsar between 1943 and 1946, was ruled as unlawful. There is no option to appeal.
Simeon also served as the country's prime minister between 2001 and 2006.