Populism, Radical Right, and Socialist Nostalgia in Bulgarian Politics (TruLies-Blog by Prof. Emilia Zankina)

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According to Professor Emilia Zankina, Bulgarian populism and right-wing parties are indeed similar, but not equal compared to their counter­parts in Eastern and Western neigh­bouring countries. Referring to the historical legacy of the post-communist country, Zankina explains major differ­ences of the Bulgarian case which she qualifies as being a “unique” one in her TruLies blog post. She further points out that copying right wing populists or integrating them into govern­mental positions might not be an advisable strategy for estab­lished parties. Instead of triggering a “conta­m­i­nation of the entire political spectrum”, politics and society should rather address the under­lying causes of radical right-wing populism in a long-term perspective.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website: http://trulies-europe.de/.

Prof. Emilia Zankina’s contri­bution can be found here.