A month after European elections, scant signs Bulgaria is emerging from political quagmire

June 25 is a month to the day since the turning point of Bulgaria’s European Parliament elections, which saw the Bulgarian Socialist Party handed a sound thrashing, but there are still few if any signs that the country is emerging from its political crisis.

In the wake of its decisive defeat, the BSP at first appeared to go into a form of grim denial that it had been defeated at all, instead trying to portray the outcome as not a true indicator of what Bulgaria’s electorate wanted.

Leaving aside the fact of a year of anti-government protests, which the more reliable opinion polls showed as having majority support, the party with the mandate to govern finally seemed to be being forced towards accepting reality when its ruling axis partner, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, said that the game was up and there should be early elections.

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