The Challenge and Cost of Removing GERB from Power in Bulgaria

What to Look for in the Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

23 March 2021

Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Profound changes in Bulgaria can take place only with a deep renewal of the Bulgarian political scene. In reality, the upcoming parliamentary elections may further increase the role of the nationalist rhetoric in Bulgarian politics. This will have negative reverberations for the EU’s relations with the countries of the Western Balkans.

The forthcoming parliamentary elections in Bulgaria on 4 April are important for several reasons, but one issue shines brighter than others.

‘Demutrisation’ – this seems to be the watchword for these elections. Mutra or the reckless thugs, operating with the advantage of physical strength under the orders of bosses connected with organised crime. They become the trendsetters in the lawless post-communist society of brutality and primitivism dominating the Bulgarian reality since the end of the Cold War.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s lifepath and political career epitomise the mutra’s evolution and prominence in Bulgaria.

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Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lazarski University in Warsaw.

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