A Guide For Dismantling an Authoritarian Regime

Start With a Few Brave Actors, Grow With Mass Protests, Attract EU Attention then Wash & Rinse through Several Elections

23 November 2021

It has been a long journey; perhaps not on a relative time-measuring scale, but more on a psychological, social and political one.

While it feels like ages, it took a little over a year to bring completely down the GERB-led government that ruled Bulgaria for the better part of the last 12 years. The recent parliamentary and presidential elections, which heralded a new winner and were the second in a row, lost by the all-powerful Boyko Borisov, promise to lead the country out of the political deadlock and finally on the path to a government, unburdened by corruption and shady figures.

The new ‘We Continue the Change’ party, led by two Harvard-educated businessmen, managed to win the vote of a diverse group of Bulgarians, united by their desire to free the country from the choking hold of GERB.

This is a dazzling, yet challenging promise.

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Ognyan Georgiev

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. A long-time reporter and editor in the leading Bulgarian business publication Capital, and currently head Kapital Insights - the English language service for Bulgarian politics, business and economy. He follows regional development, economy, cities and European funding. Georgiev is a Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fulbright alumni, and spent a year in MIT, researching urban migration. Interests include city planning, urban migration and remigration to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as regional and intraregional development.

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