Video: Young journalists in Bulgaria
“[In Bulgaria], The most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union are young people; the less enthusiastic people are the older generations”, says Krastyo Petkov, Professor in Economic Sociology at the University of National and World Economy of Sofia.
By Mikel Gil Sojo
Among old people, there is nostalgia for the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and Todor Zhirkov’s hardline socialism in the old communist era. The generational factor is also crucial, because people are not optimistic as they become older, explains Professor Petkov. He also says, “the most serious reason is that life quality was higher and safer before Bulgaria joined the EU.”
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Bulgaria rejected the socialist system and the Bulgarian Communist Party was reformed as the Bulgarian Socialist Party, with a social democratic approach. Since then, the Republic of Bulgaria has leaned towards Western European policies.
Nowadays, while the minimum retirement pension of 150 lev (€75) worries the elderly, young people are motivated by “career prospects or freedom of movement”, says Professor Petkov. The accession of Bulgaria to the European Union benefited young people’s motivation. Euroviews interviewed several young Bulgarian journalists about their opinion towards the EU, the condition of journalism in their country, and emigration from Bulgaria.
Watch the video to learn more about young people and journalism in Bulgaria.