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The Bulgarian Socialist Party: The Long Road to Europe

Author: Maria Spirova

In: Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol 41, No 4, 2008, pp. 481-495

Examines how the BSP changed from a Marxist party in the 1980s, arguing that it only altered significantly after being defeated in the 1997 elections, when  it began to adopt new economic and foreign policies which made accession to the EU possible. The author also discusses the role of socialist parties in Western Europe in promoting this change.