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Deprived of the international media coverage received by Turkey and Brazil, Bulgaria has been undergoing its own series of mass protests too. Who are the protesters, what are their grievances, and what do they hope to achieve?

We shine a spotlight on Bulgaria.


Bulgaria: leaving no man's land behind for the EU open door

One lesson we are learning is that although Brussels is important, it is not a universal solution. Brussels is used as an excuse in Bulgaria so that we do not worry about political lobbying, the judicial system, and the media, because somebody else has the big stick. An interview with Dimitar Bechev. 

From a rolling stone to moving mountains: the process of democratic change in Bulgaria

If there is a message that I can pass along after spending almost a month in Bulgaria, it is a message of unity.

Bulgaria: lost in transition

Many of the problems in Bulgaria today stem from the corrupt and undemocratic way in which the 1989 transition was carried out. Without recognising this, we cannot hope to change Bulgaria for the better.

What does #occupySU mean in the context of contemporary Bulgaria?

What does it mean to become a democratic citizen? Two Bulgarian emigrees interview a student protester in Sofia.

Dancing, alert and electrified: Bulgaria through the looking glass

We are on the right path as we see the formation of a new national identity that is fundamentally European; and we know that we all have a part to play, whether at home or abroad.

Charter to dismantle the plutocratic model of the Bulgarian state

An independent civil initiative to restore democracy and the rule of law in Bulgaria.

Between global and local: a new dialectic of political expression for the twenty-first century

Three weeks into the ongoing protests in Bulgaria, the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations invited Kerem Oktem and Dimitar Kenarov to participate in a discussion named “After Taksim: What happened in Turkey?” This is an account of the conversation that ensued on the meaning, specificity and implications of the protests in Taksim, and Sofia.

Bulgaria’s belated struggle for democracy

Our protests cannot match theirs in scale. But we demand our share, however small it might be. It is ideas and determination that unite all these events.

Bulgarians confront the oligarchs

The streets of Sofia are awash with demonstrators: the terms of this protest movement, as in Sao Paulo and Istanbul, are the twin themes of justice and equality.

Bulgaria, protest for the future

Bulgarian citizens are protesting across the country against the capture of their government and for a meaningful democracy. A memorandum from Sofia outlines the heart of their case.

Bulgaria’s elections: change we disbelieve in

A mixed result offers some satisfaction to all of Bulgaria's largest parties. But signs of escape from the country's political and economic troubles are elusive, says Dimitar Bechev.

The Bulgarian winter of protests

In the last week of February, after days of protests across the country, the Bulgarian government headed by Boyko Borisov resigned. What happened? What came after? And what comes next?

Bulgaria’s anger, the real source

An escalating crisis in Bulgaria marked by street-protests across the country forced the government's resignation. But the instant wisdom that financial austerity caused it is misleading, says Dimitar Bechev.

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