Daily Archives: November 20, 2008

Tony Barber

It is unfortunate that Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, must stand trial for alleged involvement in a plot to smear his compatriot, President Nicolas Sarkozy. Unfortunate for de Villepin, and unfortunate also for Sergey Stanishev, Bulgaria’s socialist prime minister.

Only a week before the sad news about de Villepin came out, Stanishev announced with great solemnity that he had appointed the French ex-premier to chair a panel of eminent foreigners who will advise the Bulgarian government. Their specific task will be to help Bulgaria overcome its massive problems with corruption, organised crime and a rotten judicial system. Read more