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.
The current wave of protests in Bosnia may represent the birth of true activist citizenship. These movements discover new forms of collective organisation and explore the most fundamental questions for any society, namely social justice and equality for all. What happens in Bosnia will not stay in Bosnia.
From Ukraine to the Balkans, the last twenty-four years have witnessed political elites preaching democracy while surreptitously undermining every single democratic institution, atomizing individuals through economic hardship and reducing freedom to a fake political independence.
As the civil war in Syria continues, refugees are desperately seeking refuge. It seems that Bulgaria has consistently preferred to engage in exacerbating the situation. Bulgarians have built a wall and are allowing far-right xenophobic rhetoric to prevail.
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.
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.