Bulgaria’s Election Points to More of the Same for the EU’s Poorest Country

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the leader of the center-right GERB party, during a press conference at the party's headquarters, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 26, 2017 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).
Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the leader of the center-right GERB party, during a press conference at the party's headquarters, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 26, 2017 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).
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Bulgaria may have had three parliamentary elections in four years, but there is little sense of change in the air. After the latest vote on March 26, the next government seems set to be another unstable coalition patching together various egos, business interests and veneers of political philosophies. While EU wannabes Serbia and Macedonia continue to attract criticism and scrutiny for weighing Western and Russian interests against each other, member state Bulgaria will continue its own balancing act. Perhaps the biggest change after last month’s election is that tentatively reformist parties are now shut out of parliament, while the mainstream […]

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