Speakers: Eli Gateva (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford); Kyril Drezov (Keele University)
Chair: Jonathan Scheele (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
On 14 November, for the first time in the history of Bulgaria, parliamentary and presidential elections will take place at the same time. Following the protests in 2020, three new political parties entered parliament and shook up the Bulgarian political system. However, several attempts to form a government proved futile. Riding on a wave of popular support two former ministers of the caretaker government have formed a new political project to run in the elections. Early opinion polls indicate that six or seven parties will be represented in the new parliament. Bulgaria, marred by corruption, remains the poorest member state of the EU and has become one of the worst hit countries by the covid-19 crisis. Will the outcome of elections lead to more political instability or set Bulgaria on a path to true transformation?