The Centre-Right Antidote For EU Populism
18 October 2021
6 April 2021
Boyko Borisov’s prolonged influence on Bulgarian politics has been greatly diminished while vaccine procurement and distribution continue to plague the EU. Russian troops are building up along the eastern borders of Ukraine, but Poland becomes one of the first nations to accept Joe Biden’s invitation to the April Summit on Climate.
The dramatic results from the 4 April elections have changed the political landscape in Bulgaria. While PM Boyko Borisov’s GERB party still came in first with 24 per cent of the vote (nine points down from the previous election) and their coalition partner seemingly unable to meet the 4 per cent threshold to enter parliament, Borisov’s ability to form a government looks unlikely.
The polls had indicated this trouble for the GERB party which will return some confidence to the beleaguered industry. However, the real surprise was that the populist There is Such a Party, led by former-rocker Slavi Trifonov, took second place with 19 per cent overcoming the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), which had a horrible showing of only 14 per cent.