Discredited Politics, Inconclusive Election Leave Bulgaria Adrift

Boyko Borisov, former Bulgarian prime minister and leader of center-right GERB party, holds his voting papers in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oct. 5, 2014 (AP Photo/STR).
Boyko Borisov, former Bulgarian prime minister and leader of center-right GERB party, holds his voting papers in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oct. 5, 2014 (AP Photo/STR).

SOFIA, Bulgaria—Over the past 20 months, Bulgaria has seen four governments, ongoing anti-establishment street protests over living standards and corruption, a banking crisis and sanctions as well as other pressure from the European Union due to its close ties to Russia. Some hoped the country’s second snap election in two years on Oct. 5 might have provided impetus for change to a discredited and directionless political leadership overseeing the EU’s poorest economy, which has lost its emerging-market sheen since the 2009 financial crisis. But instead the poll produced the most fragmented parliament since the fall of communism in 1989. Haggling […]

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