Odin Hongyi Jiang

It has been 26 years since radical changes occurred in Eastern Europe in 1989. Eastern Europeans once thought that as long as political systems changed, everything would turn out fine. But later they found that the fact was not as expected. Everything was almost the same as before, even worse. In economic development, income per capita of countries in Eastern Europe is commonly lower than in the original EU countries. There has been serious inflation, sometimes reaching over 2000%; the living standard of people declined rapidly since 1989, the quantity of unemployment increased rapidly and the poverty gap grew.

In my project, I hope to take Bulgaria as the epitome of present Eastern European situations, aiming at reflecting the effects that political reforms had on the country and detailing influences that they had on local people for the past 26 years.




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