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Bulgaria's GERB, RB Ready to Sign Coalition Agreement
Friday, 31st October 2014

Conservative GERB and right-wing Reformist Bloc are ready to strike a coalition agreement after tripartite talks with the Patriotic Front at the National Assembly, leaders say. 

The PF for its part is likely to support the alliance despite remaining out of it, the Bulgarian National Radio quoted GERB's negotiator Rumyana Bachvarova as saying.

A left-wing party, Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) that splintered off socialists (BSP) this year, might also back the minority coalition, Bachvarova added.

During their two-hour talks in the Parliament building, GERB, RB and PF agreed that the deadline to form a new Bulgarian cabinet should be the end of next week.

Thursday's talks mark a new shift in the RB's position after the right-wing coalition declared a day earlier it would reject a proposal from GERB to take part in a minority coalition.

If they combine their quotas of lawmakers, GERB and the RB would have 107 out of 240 seats in Parliament and would fall short of a majority, therefore needing support from other parties.

Previously the RB voiced their concerns that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), which earlier vowed to back a GERB-led minority government, could lead from behind if a stable majority is not formed.

The Reformist Bloc's Radan Kanev later said that "a two-party government and a majority in the National Assembly sealed with a written agreement and composed of at least three parties" are needed to ensure stability.

Tomislav Donchev, another negotiator from GERB, said the joint program that is currently in preparation should be "a compromise between election programs of GERB and the RB."

Donchev had imposed RB a deadline until Monday to have a final say on whether it wants to join the government

EPP Group Chairman: Bulgaria Not Ready for Grand Coalition
Friday, 31st October 2014

Joseph Daul, who heads the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, has urged Bulgarian politicians to form a government after uniting around certain priorities.

In an interview with Bulgarian daily 24 Chasa Daul also called on the Reformist Bloc to take a final decision on its participation in the Bulgarian government to prevent instability "that could go on for months."

"Winter is coming, there is a banking problem.  These are problems that need to be solved.  And responsible people are needed to take these decisions".

Daul said he was optimistic about the current government negotiations after holding talks with various political leaders at the National Assembly, but added it was too early for Bulgaria to have a coalition between socialists and conservatives in the executive. 

The EPP Group's Chair reiterated what he told journalists on Wednesday, hours after his joint statement with GERB leader Boyko Borisov in Parliament, insisting his visit to Bulgaria was not related to the consultations.

He explained it had been planned beforehand and the initial idea was to show support for GERB and its political family in the last day of the election campaign before the snap vote on October 5.

His trip was however postponed due to the tragedy at the Gorni Lom munitions plant and the day of national mourning that followed. 

"I told Boyko [Borisov] I would come when we set a date.  And when we did, I had no idea about such a coincidence in time [with government negiotiations].  I am not here to apply any kind of pressure at all," Daul told Bulgarian weekly Capital. 

Just after Daul's talks with Borisov and other leaders on Wednesday, Borisov surprisingly said he utterly rejected any prospects of shaking hands with the nationalist Patriotic Front (PF) as a possible partner in government. 

GERB's leader explained the PF's declaration during Parliament's opening session on Monday was unacceptable due to its incompatibility with "Euro-Atlantic" values.

Daul has also been explicit over the past hours that the EPP is strongly against any participation of the PF in Bulgaria's cabinet. 

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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW.  For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives.  We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria.  Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.