Dimitar Bechev

is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and head of its office in Sofia. He is also affiliated with South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), St Antony’s College, Oxford. Bechev has published widely on the EU’s enlargement and neighbourhood policies as well as the politics and modern history of the Balkans. He is the author of The Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Macedonia, Scarecrow Press 2009, and Constructing South East Europe: the Politics of Balkan Regional Cooperation, Palgrave Macmillan 2011, as well as co-editor with Kalypso Nicolaidis of Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Conflict and Memory in a Transnational World, Tauris 2010.


As the Bulgarian post-communist transition faces its moment of crisis and the government resigns, the political class and the economic model it oversaw are the subject of deep dissatisfaction. Dimitar Bechev outlines what went wrong, and what can be expected of Bulgaria’s spring of anger.