The Barricade’s Vladimir Mitev was interviewed by the Danish organisation Democracy in Europe on the Bulgarian protests: their demands, the comparisons between the Bulgarian and the Romanian anti-corruption fights and protests, the role of the new left and its democratic innovations
Democracy in Europe (DEO) is a Danish NGO, which aims to make nuanced debate on the EU and promotes participatory democracy. Vladimir Mitev was invited by the DEO to give an interview, screened within an event, which mixed political education and discussion on the political and social situation in Romania and Bulgaria. It took place on 26-27 September 2020.
The idea for the overcoming of tranisiton, which has done a lot of social harm, is not clearly articulated. But it existsts on subconscious level. Evidently, there is a long way until the accomplishment of this dream, which could remain just a dream
This article was published on 7 August 2020 at The Barricade.
It is high time that there was lustration and those who have governed in the times of transition leave, said a Bulgarian protester in Sofia in the beginning of August 2020 before the TV cameras.
Wishful thinking? No, a key to understanding what the Bulgarian protests represent unconsciously. A desire for entering in the post-transition after decades of transition, which has dehumanised both its winners and its losers.
A live interview with Vladimir Mitev about the escalation of the Bulgarian protests in the last week, about the competition of the two big currents in Bulgarian anti-corruption fight, the parallels with the Romanian fight against corruption, about the growing tensions in Bulgarian society and what could be the positive and the negative scenario of the developments in the autumn
This interview took place through live streaming in Facebook on 4 August 2020 at the Baricada Romania page. This transcription was originally published at the Romanian section of the Barricade on 5 August 2020.
A Romanian student made an interview on the Bulgarian transition with the editor of the blog “The Bridge of Friendship” for his B.A. thesis
Vladimir Mitev (b. 1983) is a Bulgarian journalist and Romanian language speaker. He was born in the city of Rousse. He has degrees in Iranian Studies and International Relations from the University of Sofia. He has worked as an international desk journalist in the weekly magazine “Tema”. In September 2015 he founded the blog “The Bridge of Friendship”, which he develops in Romanian, Bulgarian and other languages on issues from the political, economic and cultural life in Romania, Bulgaria and the world. Starting from 2017 he is the editor-in-chief of the Romanian section of the site “The Barricade”, which is an international progressive platform that unites voices from Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe. At this moment he is doing a Ph.D. research in Persian literature at the University of Sofia.
This interview is part of the B.A. research “Transition from communism towards democracy in Romania and Bulgaria. Successes, failures, expectations”, which was defended in July 2020 at the Western University in Timişoara by Devid-Raul Ciobanu.
An interview with the Romanian film director Lucian Ţion
In November 2019 the Romanian film director Lucian Ţion visited Sofia in order to participate in a conference on the socialism’s heritage. He was then interviewed by Vesselin Alexiev for the YouTube channel of the club “Meaning”. In the moment of the interview Ţion was making a doctorate, dedicated to the Chinese and Eastern Europe cinema at the University of Singapore. Ţion is interested in the parallels between Southeastern Asia and Eastern Europe. The interview, which the blog “The Bridge of Friendship” publishes, builds on this topic – the transition towards capitalism in these regions and the way these regions approach their socialist past and the capitalist centres.
A view of the social forces in Bulgaria and Romania, forming within transition’s depths and hoping to correct its deviations through humanisation of politics
This article is going to be published in the next issue of the Bulgarian left-wing theoretical magazine “New Times” – issue 9-10 (September-October 2019), which will come out in the end of October 2019.
Do transitions ever end? What about the end of history? Is the realisation that history has no end a sign that each phase does even in its “non-transitory” contradictions new relations, new ideas and new communities come into being?
I try to make sense of transition in Bulgaria and, to an extent, in Romania by looking at its negation – which I call “post-transition” or post-post-communism”.