Bulgarians vote today in what opinion polls suggest will be a defeat for the government of Simeon Saxe-Coburg, the only royal figure to be elected prime minister in Europe. Voters are dissatisfied with poverty and crime, although investors have praised his economic handling of the country. The Socialists last held power in 1997, but their roots in the former Communist party meant they were slow to treat the ailing economy with free-market medicine. Now they have a new young leader, Sergei Stanishev, who promises to continue Saxe-Coburg’s drive towards EU membership and the reforms to support it. However he also promises public sector wage rises and higher spending which some analysts say may threaten the economy.