It all circles back to Peevski

Hristo Ivanov and Atanas Atanasov provide talking points about monitoring mechanism

Delyan Peevski

The European Commission (EC) has determined that Bulgaria has made sufficient progress on implementing the recommendations made under the EU monitoring mechanism that focuses on judicial reform, corruption and organised crime and clearly believes that the mechanism should be scrapped. What is the EC thinking, acting as if it is above Hristo Ivanov and Atanas Atanasov from Yes, Bulgaria?

Prior to Brussels releasing the report, the leaders of this strange political organisation, which is barely detectible in the opinion polls for the upcoming local elections, were explaining on national air how bad and undeserved a potential lifting of the monitoring mechanism would be. The talking points had barely left their mouths when journalist Emilia Milcheva threw together an article for the Bulgarian desk of Deutsche Welle, which was immediately copy-pasted by Dnevnik, the website of oligarch Ivo Prokopiev. The headlines offered by the doom-and-gloom prophets of Bulgaria’s future were in complete unison with the presented talking points: “Does this mean that everything is well with Bulgaria?” (Deutsche Welle) and “After 12 years of monitoring by Brussels – no results” (Dnevnik). Well, if Hristo Ivanov, Atanas Atanasov, Emilia Milcheva and Ivo Prokopiev believe that, what does the EC view matter, right?

Naturally, the theatrical lamentations of Deutsche Welle and the Capital circle would not have been complete without the ever-present talking point about Peevski, a manifestation of the mindset “let’s hit him and ask questions later”. And so the journalist, who simply paraphrased the talking points provided to her, threw a Hristo Ivanov quote in there: “The former justice minister and current leader of Yes, Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov thinks that ‘those in power will use the removal of the monitoring mechanism not just as a validation for the nomination of Geshev for prosecutor general but as a vehicle towards more repression, lawlessness and Peevisation of the media’.”

Up until a couple of weeks ago, the Capital circle was talking about how there was no chance of the mechanism being lifted, crowing about what a bad signal that sent. That position getting disproved stunned them, leading to agony and crisis in the fake-news genre.

It is said that the snake bites hardest when it is in the throes of death. The same can be said for the representatives of Yes, Bulgaria and their mentors – they are willing to pepper any positive news with poison and run a hard-to-digest analysis on the topic in one of the behind-the-scenes clique’s media battering rams. If we are to paraphrase them, the scrapping of the monitoring mechanism causes “Prokopievisation” of the oligarch’s media outlets and shock and awe in his many anti-Bulgarian associates. Who cares what they think and say anyway? People like them, who talk to themselves, are not hard to figure out. They would do better to take their medication regularly and do not bother the public with their deviances. No matter how upsetting that fact is to them, Bulgaria is moving forward. While they are treading water and struggling to keep afloat. The slander and malicious reports are a waste at this point, even they cannot save them.

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