Bulgarians are voting in the presidential election at the end of Pres. Rosen Plevneliev’s 5yr term. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, of ruling Gerb party, favors election of Parliamentary Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva for the seat.
Interestingly, the opposition Socialist candidate Rumen Radev, a U.S.-trained former head of the NATO member’s Air Force. He won the first round on Nov. 6 with 25 percent of the vote, while Tsacheva, a lawyer, took 22 percent.
Bulgaria is EU’s poorest member and depends upon Russia for most of its energy supplies. Because Bulgarians value their country’s religious and historical links with their Cold War ally Russia, both candidates have campaigned for easing EU and US sanctions against Russia. Yet Radev is being seen as the ‘Russia’s candidate’.
Bulgaria presents another example how the EU & NATO have lured in Eastern European states into their folds but without really helping them out with their economies, instead only bring them closer to confrontation with Russia, a confrontation that does not serve any of their interest but only the interest of NATO.
Analyst say that with Britain's Brexit decision the nationalist parties have taken a rise in Europe and with Radev's election, Bulgarians who are already disheartened with EU membership, may call for an exit,giving another blow to the EU.
Pic showing Tsetska Tsacheva and Rumen Radev.