March 19, 2013

The cost of power in Bulgaria

Amid high electric bills, Bulgarians call for an end to government corruption.

A man shouts slogans and wave national flags during a protest against high electricity prices and for an new political system on 03 March 2013. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

On Tuesday, March 19 at 19:30 GMT:

Protests in Bulgaria against high electricity prices and government corruption have forced the prime minister and his government to step down. Yet demonstrations – including self-immolations – across the EU’s poorest nation continue as citizens ready themselves for early elections in May. Will a new government fix the root causes of Bulgaria's broken democracy, or does the country need a more drastic overhaul?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Assen Assenov
Adjunct professorial lecturer, American University

Peter Kichashki @Kichashki
Protest organiser

Desislava Petrova @dpetrova
Human rights activist

Boyan Tabutov
Founder, Citizens’ Initiative for Active Democracy

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