“On the barricades” — s02e34
That’s a difficult question to answer. There are numerous candidates. To be more specific, almost anyone could be a candidate. The American embassy in Sofia even went so far as to organize a casting call. The US ambassador to Bulgaria facilitated a meeting with all opposition parties, which is not the first time Washington has acted in such a blatant manner. However, for the last nearly 15 years, the Americans have relied solely on the infamous mobster Boyko Borissov and his party GERB, which was founded nearly two decades ago with the help of German conservatives.
The Americans, or, more broadly, the West, are tired of their viceroy in Bulgaria. Clearly, the territory’s importance is growing, and while they need a puppet ruler there, they can’t rely on someone as inept and incapable as Boyko Borissov. Borissov’s regime came to an end when sanctions were imposed on some of his close oligarchic friends, the reason being, of course, corruption. In Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Serbia, Moldova, and other countries in the region, corruption is discovered and forgotten in cycles. When the “international community” starts hyperventilating about this issue, you can bet something bad will happen.
The main question here is whether the regime that follows the one we can see will be any better. Is there any hope for a genuine change in Bulgaria?
Get this and more from the hosts of “On the Barricades,” Maria Cernat and Boyan Stanislavski, who have invited a special guest for you. It’s Georgi Hristov, a Bulgarian leftist journalist and activist; he offers his analysis and opinions, and hopefully makes the situation clear to you! Enjoy the show!
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