Caught in the dilemma ”technocrats against populists”

Technocracy is associated with finance in Western Europe, while in South-East Europe it is affiliated with justice and security (foto: Pixabay, CC0)

Will the campaign for the EU Parliament elections be framed in a way suitable for the rotten status-quo?

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 13 February 2019 on the Bulgarian section of the site ”The Barricade”. 

The forthcoming elections for the European Parliament reveal the division lines in Romanian and Bulgarian politics. The traditional political confrontation between the left and the right is being displaced by other types of discourse – euro-optimists against eurosceptics, new and young against old, liberals and progressives against conservatives and finally, technocrats against populists.

The picture becomes interesting, however, once we focus on the details. The ideological confrontation in Romania seems clearly articulated. In Bulgaria various political ideas often coexist in the same party. This is why oftentimes political structures in this country are named after the restaurants where businessmen and politicians gather to discuss their projects. The political battle is over who will sit at the table of power and that is why the differences between liberals and conservatives are mostly in the label.

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