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European Journal

Bulgaria: Patience is running out

Protesters in Bulgaria have been demanding new elections, for weeks now. Many are fed up with ongoing corruption and nepotism at the top.

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Before the most recent election, Orescharski’s party and the Coalition for Bulgaria had promised to raise the minimum wage and increase assistance to mothers of young children. After the election, these promises were soon rescinded. The previous government had also been toppled by protests sparked by economic issues. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU, and many young and educated people choosing to leave their homeland.