Yorgos Christidis spoke about the expected results as he analysed last weekend’s Bulgarian elections, the electoral landscape, the high rate of abstention, and the next day. Thus, while Boyko Borissov’s GERB party won around 25% of the total votes, Bulgarian voters, tired after four elections in the space of just 18 months, stayed away in record numbers, with one of highest abstention rates in a national election since 1990. The three key points of the parties’ election campaigns were high prices (above all), the war in Ukraine and its consequences, and (to a lesser extent) corruption. He stressed that the issue of North Macedonia’s EU accession was not addressed, as Bulgaria waits for Skopje to make the next move. Christidis added that the most important thing for the new government is to have a clear Euro-Atlantic orientation vis-a-vis support for Ukraine and energy decoupling from Moscow, as well as a strategy for combatting corruption.


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