After the elections: A new beginning for Bulgaria?
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Bulgaria has a reputation of being not only among the poorest member states of the European Union, but also being the most corrupt. When three-time prime minister Boyko Borrisov's party GERB lost its majoity in the parliamentary elections of April this year, no other party was willing to join a coalition with the party many held responsible for the "state capture" in Bulgaria.
This finally triggered new elections, to be held on July 11th this year. In the meantime, more scandals have come to light, including the wiretapping of politicians and a national grafting scandal involving a state owned bank. The US treasury, not the European Union, reacted to this state of corruption by applying the "Magnitsky Act" and blacklisting Bulgarian companies and oligarchs.
Will the July elections spell an end for the "Era Borrisov" and, more importantly, the era of graft? Who are the Bulgarians who are fighting for a better government and a better future? And why is the European Union being seemingly so cavalier about the situation?
Bulgarian analysts, activists, economists and politicians debate on the future of Bulgaria and how the EU could - and should - support those, who want change for the better.