During the past several weeks Boyko Borisov's Bulgaria has been shaken by a major scandal. No, it is not the constantly being stopped and restarted multibillion-euro Belene Nuclear Power Plant project, it has nothing to do with Bulgaria's continuing dependency on Russian gas and oil, nor with the state of the Bulgarian judiciary system.
"The apartment scandal started as a Kompromat attack against Mr Tsvetanov and mutated into a hysterical mudfight." Krasen Kralev, Minister of Youth and Sport
"People just think that there is corruption." Rumyana Bachvarova, the chief of the Office of the Prime Minister
"Domestic violence is the result of neoliberal ideas and 'genderism.' We need to introduce religious instruction at school, to teach children real values." Pavel Shopov, an MP for the United Patriots, during parliamentary debates on the law against domestic violence
"As there is a lot of talk about renovating the renovations, I ordered controlling the controls." Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova on the repair works in Central Sofia
"We have prepared very seriously for the cannabis harvest." Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
"I haven't been on holiday for 17 years." Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
"Do you think I'd be sitting here with you discussing my plans for Wednesday?"
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov speaking to the media ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Bulgaria falls behind even wannabe EU members
Boyko Borisov was found guilty of malicious slander by a Sofia Regional Court judge in a case brought on by Elena Yoncheva, a TV journalist and now an MP for the opposition BSP, or Bulgarian Socialist Party. Yoncheva, who is an outspoken critic of Borisov's GERB and his ultranationalist coalition partners, sued when Borisov said that the state had spent "millions" on funding Yoncheva's TV international programmes.