The Russian invasion in Ukraine, the rise of the Islam state
The war went out of the textbooks and entered our lives. The Russian invasion in Ukraine, the rise of the Islam state and the refugee wave from Syria forced the world leadership to think coordinately and assume a common mode of action. These challenges sparkled a dialogue but at the same time proved how difficult it is to find common ground even in the name of peace and security. They also revealed the Bulgarian leadership’s uncertainty to take part in the strategic geopolitics from the perspective of our national interest.
Even if our rational decisions still carry on the traditional reflex to think in terms of national benefit, the climate cataclysms, the new epidemics and the global socio-economic and political challenges are forcing us to contemplate the new paradigm of sustainable development based on solidarity, common action and consolidation.
There is a growing need for change in power’s relation to its fundament – the public trust. The dividing lines and the disregard of other’s interest are ever less applicable. Problems can no longer stay isolated and the term “common interest” is more and more a ground for cooperation. The political and economic configurations are both increasingly broader and more integrated.
The new European leadership
The choices and decisions in the EU are a clear representation of this process. An unprecedented “large coalition” between the Left and the Right in the European Parliament backed up Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidacy, whose ambitious programme is a promise for a united and prosperous Europe.
The new European leadership holds the message of a new reading on the European project, where citizens take greater and more active role. Our country’s new political cycle offers a real premise for finding the most suitable formula and a sustainable model for its belongingness and participation in the European process. The next five years will be crucial for the Union’s future and its place both in the global and regional politics. They are also essential for Bulgaria’s development perspectives and its role in the decision-making process in Europe.
The great challenge in front of our leadership – to serve Bulgaria through superior professionalism and impeccable personal example
This new culture of agreement and cooperation in the social progress is the key for Bulgaria to overcome its fundamental problems: the lack of trust in governmental institutions, the absence of working juridical system, the poverty and social exclusion of large groups of citizens, the unproductive economy, the demographic crisis; the old and ineffective healthcare, pension and educational systems. Their solution is dependent on a long term vision and clear and systematic national programme, which is possible through the engagement of the country’s entire expert potential and a constructive discourse supported by public consensus. As of 2015, this will also be the great challenge in front of our leadership – to serve Bulgaria through superior professionalism and impeccable personal example. Only by doing so will we be able to set a new mode of thinking and problem solving, based on cooperation and common interest.
This is the cause which we, at MOVE.BG, have adopted – to reaffirm the culture of consolidation, of shared values and common action for the building of a prosperous and European Bulgaria. In 2015 we will continue to work for fair elections, media pluralism, economic competitiveness and development based on knowledge and talent. We will search for, bring together and give tribune to the carriers of this new culture of creation, empathy and expertise – to the volunteers who help with no reimbursement, to the pioneers in the business, politics and social development, to the creators who inspire us to change our lives.
I believe that Bulgaria is learning its lessons and walks down the road of its worthy future. I wish you, and myself, to share and experience together a happy and prosperous 2015.