Interviews of the Bulgarian National Radio with the Romanian political scientist Sorin Ioniţă and with the Bulgarian foreign policy analyst Lyubomir Kyuchukov about the changing balance between technocrats and populists in the Bulgarian politics, about the possible effect of the elections on the Bulgarian-Macedonian relations and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict
In its edition of 12 April 2021, the program “Something More” on the program “Horizon” on the Bulgarian National Radio sought an answer to the question of what Bulgarian politics looks like when viewed from the outside. There were two comments on the issue: of the Romanian political scientist Sorin Ioniţă (in a conversation with Vladimir Mitev) and of the Bulgarian foreign policy expert Lyubomir Kyuchukov (in a conversation with Georgi Markov).
This article was published on 30 October 2020 at the Bulgarian section of the site “The Barricade”.
After the outbreak of the Bulgarian protests in the summer of 2020, the Bulgarian political issues are more and more similar to the Romanian ones. The similarities are not just related to the aspirations of the Bulgarian “middle class” to replace the dinosaurs of the transition through the anti-corruption fight. Nor is it limited to the adoration shared with the Romanian middle class for the “martyr of anti-corruption”, Laura Kovesi, who was driven out of her homeland, but found refuge in the European Prosecutor’s Office in Luxembourg. It does not even reside in the intrusive repetition of the BSP leader, Cornelia Ninova, that in the person of Boyko Borissov she is fighting with the “parallel state”. This term was used by the former strong man in Romanian politics, Liviu Dragnea, to refer to his opponents in the secret services. It is not particularly appropriate for the Bulgarian realities, where Borissov is the center of the system of government, not parallel to it. The general game in Bulgarian politics is increasingly similar to that in Romania in 2017-2019, when the middle class convened mass protests against the ruling Social Democrats, and they responded by making financial gestures to the disadvantaged masses and reducing taxes on consumption.